Juicing Tips #1: Get everything ready before you start the juicer.
My husband and I have now been juicing for about a month. It all started when we watched Joe Cross’ documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” on Netflix. The story about how Joe Cross was able to lose 82 lbs. and get off all his medication deeply touched us. We do not need to lose that much weight and are not sick and are definitely not nearly dead, but we are always open to ways of incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our diet.
So, after watching the documentary, we purchased Joe Cross’ book ‘Reboot with Joe’. We both really enjoyed reading Joe’s book. He writes in a very personal and entertaining way – very much the same style as in his documentary. Joe has included some great recipes in his book. So far, I have experimented with quite a few of his juice recipes and they have all been fantastic. I like to follow a recipe the first time I try it out and then the next time I make it, I will give it my own twist. I think his ‘mean green juice’ is my favourite juice from his book so far.
What I especially enjoyed about the book was reading other people’s stories and seeing all the before and after photos that people have shared. To me, there is nothing more inspiring than hearing real life stories and seeing proof of the results. Not only have people lost a lot of weight with juicing but in many cases they have also been able to reverse their medical conditions.
We have not done a full on juice cleanse yet, simply just added the healthy drinks to our diet. I think a juice detox it is a great idea to reset your system after a vacation or after Christmas where you have been eating a few more unhealthy things than normal. If you decide to go on a juice diet for a few days to either lose weight or for a reboot, make sure to consult your doctor before you get started. What we have done is replace snacks and the afternoon coffee with a juice. You’d think that adding juices to your diet just means you consume more, but I find that I eat less at meals when I have had a juice as a snack. Many mornings we have also had a juice instead of breakfast. I find that when you start the day off healthy there is a bigger chance that you will continue eating healthy throughout the day. And if I do end up eating something unhealthy at some point during the day, I don’t feel as guilty because I started my day off with a juice.
My 6 best juicing tips
So far I have really enjoyed making juices. My husband and I usually make our juices together and we already have a great system in place. Here are some tips to make the workload easier on yourself.
Wash all your fruit and vegetables as soon as you bring them home. Any nasty tips on carrots or celery stalks we trim off and put in the compost collector that we have on the counter top. We wash our fruit and vegetables in a salt and white vinegar solution, pat them dry and put them straight in the fridge. This way they are ready to go when you want to make a juice.
Plan ahead. Get out a knife and cutting board. Quickly get an idea of what you want to put in your juice keeping in mind that the best ratio for a healthy juice is 20% fruit and 80% vegetables. Before you even turn the juicer on get all the ingredients out on your cutting board. Cut any fruit or vegetable that is too large to go down the feeder into smaller pieces.
Mix the vegetables and fruit up. I find that if you put too much of the same fruit or vegetable through at a time that things sometimes clog up. This is especially the case with stringy vegetables such as chard and celery. To prevent that I just make sure to put different things through the juicer. I always try to finish off with a hard vegetable such as a carrot to clean the shoot.
Make a big batch. Let’s face it, cleaning the juicer does take a little bit of time, so you might as well put the machine to some serious work every time you use it. I like to make a double batch; enjoy half and put the other half in the fridge for later. As long as the juice is covered, it can last up to three days in the fridge without losing its healthy nutrients.
Fill up the sink with hot, soapy water. If you have a double sink, even better. Then you can rinse the juicer parts off in one sink before putting them in other sink with soapy water. You don’t want the juicer to sit in the carrot and beet juices for too long or the plastic will get stained. I usually rinse the juicer parts off and then let them soak in the sink while I enjoy the fresh juice.
Clean up spills and get rid of the pulp. One thing I do like to take care of straight away is to wipe up any juice spills on the counter top and get all the pulp into our composter in the backyard. If you don’t put it in a composter or compost bin straight away it can attract bugs, so don’t leave it on your counter top for too long. Depending on the type of counter top you have, juice can stain the surface, so make sure to wipe up any spills before you sit down and enjoy your drink.
Cleaning of the juicer
Cleaning our Slowstar juicer is pretty straightforward. It comes with a little brush that works great for cleaning the metal mesh. I also find that using a regular kitchen sponge is helpful. I use the green, rough part of the sponge on the metal and the yellow, soft part on the plastics to avoid scratching the plastic.
Cost of juicing
Juicing is not cheap… but it is your and your family’s health we are talking about here and you can’t put a prize on that. First, you need to invest in a juicer machine and then there is an additional cost of buying all the ingredients (if you haven’t juiced before you’ll be amazed at how much produce it takes to make a single glass of juice). The way I look at it is that either I spend the money now on fruit and veggies or on medication later on in life. I feel a lot better than before and don’t feel tired and foggy in the late afternoon anymore. I have lost five pounds since we started juicing and as a bonus I have also noticed that my skin looks a lot healthier. So the extra cost is
My grocery bill is somewhat higher than before, however, this is my health I am investing in, so I don’t mind spending a bit more on healthy veggies. I grow a lot of vegetables in the backyard, so I have been able to substitute a lot of the purchased produce with spinach, chard and other leafy greens from the backyard.
Shopping for produce
Another thing I have started to do is buy produce in bulk at Costco. The quality is great and you might as well buy big bags of produce because you will go through it very fast. I have also started to make a habit of looking at the discounted items at our local vegetable market. I now buy pineapples and apples at less than half price this way, so I’d highly recommend checking out the discounted produce next time you are shopping.
So there you have it… I hope you got something out of my juicing tips and tricks to how to make the most out of your juicer. Do tell about your own experience with juicing and share any tips in the comment section below.