Juicing fruit — it’s gonna move ya, it’s got a taste that gets right through ya. Well in this case, it’s both fruits and vegetables and it’s healthy, so it definitely won’t get through ya.
If you don’t know what that’s from then I’m guessing my humour isn’t gonna “move ya”. And by that I mean, it’s from a commercial. For juicy fruit. What’s juicy fruit? This is really derailing my blog, so I’m going to move on.
Juicing is a really great way to get a lot of vitamins and minerals into your diet. It can be a meal replacement too. Depending on the fruits and vegetables you pick, it can help a certain condition you might suffer from. For example, juicing can help those who suffer gout rather than taking those pills that give you kidney stones instead. If you ask me, I rather juice a cucumber than push out a calcified jagged stone out of my urethra.
PS – I’m not a doctor so don’t use this as medical advice.
There are a variety of juicers but basically two types. One is fairly inexpensive ranging from $50-$200 where you just shove in the produce and it juices in seconds with blades. Unfortunately with this one, it doesn’t get all the juice out and can be more wasteful as a result.
The second one I’d say is for more serious juicers. They cost about $300+ and slowly squeeze the living daylights aka the juice out of your produce. You’ll have to chop up the produce smaller as this variety of juice has a smaller opening. It’s more thorough, you get more juice but it comes at a price. Literally, I mean the cost of the machine.
So pick what you want. I bought mine off kijiji for $25 as I wasn’t sure how serious I’d be. Check out Amazon for reviews so that you’re not picking out a lemon (ha – a produce joke!)
Below are a few juicing recipes that I do. I recommend drinking them the day of. They are at their freshest (obviously) but also, if they sit, the potency of the drink will start to decrease and slowly go bad. If you have to do a batch of it, I recommend freezing what you won’t drink within 24 hours.
And if you juice a beet, yes it tastes like dirt and no, there isn’t much you can do about it.
Juicing Recipes – Green Juice
Great for a meal substitute or everyday juice
3-4 celery stalks
1 inch piece of ginger
1 handful baby spinach
Juicing Recipes – Purple Juice
Good for gout, GI issues like ulcers and stimulates your immune system
⅓ red cabbage (seriously, don’t get scared, it’s not gross)
1 inch piece of ginger
Juicing Recipes – Orange Juice
Carrots are good for the eyes and skin, help in free radical damage and contain a lot of vitamins, including vitamin A
Juicing Recipes – Black Juice
Lots of antioxidants in this juice and great start to a day
1 cup blackberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries or strawberries
Pop all these into the juicer and drink! The prep and clean up are the most time consuming, but very worth it.