Before I learn how to juice, I was living a life of BBQs, fried foods, grilled meals and lots of cheese and pasta. After gaining a whole of kilos and looking like I’ve aged from eating too much I’ve decided that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! and so I went “cold turkey” and decided that if I want to live to see my children until they have their own children, I must do something about my diet.
Now that is my story…
What about yours??
Are you living a pretty unhealthy lifestyle with all the saturated fats, trans fats, fried foods, processed foods, takeaways and high fructose corn syrup in your diet?
If you have come to a point where you want to do something about your diet and change it dramatically then juicing is one great way to go.
Besides making you feel a whole lot healthier, there are a whole lot of other delicious fruit and vegetable juice recipes you can try at home which are simply delicious. I can bet that if you only try making some of those juice recipes found on my blog, you will not be convinced that drinking juice is delicious.
Before you decide on learning how to juice, you will need to know a couple of things about juicing.
How To Start Juicing: 10 Tips to Get You Started
- When juicing vegetables or fruits, always wash them first. You never know what other chemicals are found on the their surface.
- Buying organic produce is definitely recommended over buying normal produce. Sure, they may be more expensive but think about the benefits of eating them without having to worry if they are GMO food or sprayed with pesticides or some other toxic chemical to preserve their freshness and appearance. They may be more expensive but in the long term, your health is more important!
- Unless you have a very special type of juicer, (masticating or triturating) you will never get much juice out of this produce i.e bananas, avocado, wheatgrass, veges, leek, eggplant etc. *
- To juice veges, it is best to wrap them around solid fruits like apples or veges like cucumber, carrots and leek.
- When juicing bananas, you will get much more out of them when juicing frozen bananas or adding them to an already prepared juice/smoothie or using a masticating or triturating juicer.
- Juicing only takes minutes. Drinking them takes far less time. To get the most out of your juice, drink them fresh and enjoy it immediately after juicing.
- Fruits that make great fruit juicing recipes include apples, strawberries, grapes, any other berries and citrus fruits
- Veges that make great vegetable juicing recipes include carrots, celery, cucumber, beet, tomato and kale.
- Citrus fruits will need a citrus juicer
- Practice, practice, practice! Juice more often and you will be a pro in no time!
More Tips on Juicing!
Yup, learning how to juice is that easy. There is nothing complicated but you need to also bear in mind a couple of things.
Your juicers do have things they don’t like juicing besides point 3* that I mentioned in the list.
Don’t Throw This Into Your Juicer!
- You may like to juice cherries and apricots but bear in mind that your juicer will get jam from it. So don’t juice fruits with pits inside or remove them before juicing!
- Kiwi skins and banana skins are a no-no for juicing. Remove them prior to juicing.
- Fruit seeds are a no-no i.e apple seedsIt won’t jam your juicer per se but it can make your juice taste bitter. Some of you may not like to drink crushed seeds on your palate either…
- The tops of your carrots must be cut before juicing.
Now that you have learned the Do’s and Don’ts of How to Juice, it is time to get yourself acquainted with the different types of juicers.