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December 18, 2010 on 9:32 pm
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Okay, so how do you get started juicing? Following are 10 great tips that will help you get started successfully and stick with it long term:

1. Not all fruits are the same.

Fruits will give your juice the tangy, sweet flavors that most vegetables lack. There are a couple of things you should be aware of in regards to citrus fruits and melon. Not all juicers will work well with citrus fruits, so you may want to purchase a separate citrus juicer for those.

They are usually inexpensive and easy to use. But you can certainly peel them and cut them into pieces for you juicer, this works fine for wonderful juice combinations, but if you want just citrus go for that type of juicer.

Also, melon tends not to mix well with other fruit juices. Most other fruits can easily be juiced together in any combination you like!

Fruits are naturally high in sugar and can spike your blood sugar and create an imbalance, so be careful if you are sensitive to sugars. You may want to dilute them with water a bit.

2. Apple is the great sweetener for vegetable juices.

Not all fruits will work well with a heavy vegetable juice. If you are juicing with a nice blend of veggies you can use apple to sweeten and can save your other fruits for a nice fruity blend.

3. Keep it simple.

You don’t have to stuff five different vegetables and a few fruits into a single juice blend to get maximum benefits from juicing. Just pick 2-3 vegetables and perhaps toss in some apple for sweetness and you will have delicious and nutritious juice.

It’s the same with fruits. Picking just a couple to combine together will allow you to taste each fruit and enjoy the concoction more.

4. Drinking your juice prior to a meal is best.

Fresh homemade juices are great choices for snacks when you don’t have a lot of food in your stomach and are excellent just an hour or two prior to eating a large meal. Your body will absorb more of the nutrients and enzymes since the juice is sitting on an empty stomach and you will feel more full when you sit down to eat, which will help you control your portions so you eat less.

5. There are more fruits and vegetables out there than you know of.

Make it a point every time you go to the grocery store to explore new options in the fresh produce department. Scour local farmers markets and stop at those roadside stands where farmers direct sell their goods. You may find some delicious, nutritious fruits and vegetables that you don’t already know about!

6. Don’t juice up the same thing every day.

Your body needs a wide variety of nutrients, so make it a point to juice different fruits and vegetables on a daily or weekly basis. You can purchase in bulk for a week to save money, but make sure to change an ingredient or two every week. This will also keep you from getting bored with your juices.

7. Some fruits and vegetables do not turn into juice.

The consistency of different fruits and vegetables varies and some will turn into a puree rather than a juice. For instance, adding banana into a fruit smoothie gives it a thicker, creamier consistency. Fruits and vegetables with this consistency should be blended rather than juiced.

You can always make fresh juice and then pour some into a blender with these fruits and vegetables for a nice smoothie.

8. Leafy greens will work best if you squish them together prior to juicing.

Rather than just tossing a handful of spinach leaves into your juicer machine, ball them up together so they are more like a well formed piece of fruit. The juicer will work best with them this way.

9. Coffee filters eliminate pulp.

If you don’t want pulp in your juice you can use a coffee filter to keep the juice clear.

10. Lemon juice eliminates color changes in fresh juice.

Toss in a teaspoon or two of fresh lemon juice and your juice will not change colors while in the fridge!

Juicing for maximum health benefits doesn’t have to be a radical change in your life. It can be a delicious addition to your current diet that you enjoy and look forward to!

  • Pete

    Enjoyed the read, some good juicy tips. Particularly about the high sugar content of fruit and the need to vary your juices.

  • Heidi Goodwin

    Thank you Pete

  • Judy Robinson

    Alrighty……I just ordered a juicer today, I’m hoping to try the juicing to help me feel better PLUS loose some weight. This is all Greek to me so wish me luck.

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