If you had said to me last year that I would be drinking veggie juice everyday, I would never have believed you.
But here I am four months in and loving every minute of it.
Here are my top 10 tips on juicing the easy way.
1. Buy a good juicer. A mediocre juicer will not only produce less juice, but will cost you more in the long run as it uses more fruit and veggies to produce the same amount of juice as a good juicer. You can buy a good juicer for $150.00 and up.
2. Juice whatever vegetables and fruit that you like. If you don’t like a certain vegetable don’t juice it and choke it down. Juice should taste great and if it doesn’t then you won’t keep it up. Celery is on my No list.
3. You don’t always need to follow a recipe. Experiment with your own combinations and you’ll soon have some favourites that are easy to remember, delicious and super healthy. Remember to add an apple to a juice if it’s not sweet enough for you. If you are the type that needs a recipe, there are tons on the internet including my blog.
4. Add a slice of lemon and a small chunk of fresh ginger root to every juice. I don’t like the taste of ginger but I can’t taste it in the juice and the health benefits are huge. Lemon makes every juice taste fresh and clean.
5. Buy seasonal fruit and vegetables when they are on sale. Inexpensive produce like apples, carrots, spinach and kale are always good to have on hand and make simple delicious juice especially during winter.
6. When you start juicing, try and aim for at least 50% vegetables / 50% fruit in each juice especially if you have a sweet tooth like me. The more vegetables the better so gradually increase the ratio to 70% vegetables/30% fruit. I know some people can drink straight vegetable juice but that’s not going to happen for me and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
7. Try and buy organic produce if you can but depending on where you live this may not be possible or cost-effective so don’t worry too much about it. I barely wash my produce and don’t seem to suffer any ill effects 🙂
8. Wash all the components of your juicer with hot soapy water as soon as you can. I don’t run my dishwasher every day so I don’t use it to clean my juicer.
9. Find a routine that works for you. I juice in the morning and make a breakfast and lunch juice at the same time. Some people find it easier to juice in the evening for the next day. Remember that juice loses nutrients over time so keep it refrigerated in a sealed glass container (Mason jars work well).
10. Remember…. You can’t juice a banana!