11 days into 2016 and you’re struggling to keep with your New Year’s resolution of getting healthy and staying healthy. Trust us, you aren’t alone. Breaking old habits and creating new ones is a struggle for everyone. One thing that helps me stick with it, is getting my friends and family to participate with me. Juicing is a healthy, tasty, and easy new habit to start and your loved ones will definitely enjoy embarking on the juicing journey with you.
Juicing is a great way to help you get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. Done correctly, juicing allows you to extract juice, vitamins, and minerals from raw fruits and vegetables.
According to Living Greens Juice, 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables.
Drinking fresh juice has a large array of health benefits which include but aren’t limited to providing your body with immune boosting nutrients, access to a large amount of vitamins and minerals, and taking in nutrients that can “help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and various inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis.”
Not sure how to juice? No worries! Here are some great juicing tips, courtesy of our friends over at Reboot with Joe.
Getting Ready to Juice:
- Select your juicer. Refer to their Juicer Buying Guide to purchase the juicer that is right for you.
- Prepare your grocery list. Before making a trip to the store or market, make your grocery list so you know exactly how many fruits and vegetables to purchase. Or use their juice recipes app to help make your list.
- Save time. Prepare your fruits and veggies the night before if you plan on making a morning juice by selecting the ingredients for your juice, washing the produce, placing them in a storage container in the fridge and assembling the juicer in your kitchen so it’s ready to go.
- Now, start juicing. Wash, cut and juice! Follow the following steps to make your juice(s) and start flooding your body with nutrients from all of the fruits and vegetables.
How to Make a Juice:
- Wash produce thoroughly. Unwashed produce can be contaminated with bacteria so this is an important step in the juicing process.
- Line your juicer’s pulp basket. If you have a juicer that has a pulp basket, line it with a plastic bag for easy clean-up.
- Cut or tear produce to fit through the juicer. Just before juicing, cut any produce that might be too large to fit through the juicer whole. Once you start cutting vegetables they begin to lose nutrients so it’s best to cut just before juicing, but if you really need to save on time, you may want to add this step to your preparation.
- Feed produce through the juicer. If your juicer has more than one speed, don’t forget to down-shift from high to low for softer fruits. Most juicers come with a chart in the instruction manual to help guide you on speeds. Usually hard produce like apples and beets are on High and soft ones like spinach or cabbage are set to Low.
*Read more info on how to juice specific fruits and vegetables.
- Rejuice your pulp. Once produce has been passed through the juicer, check to see if your pulp is still damp. If it is, pass it back through your juicer and you’ll be able to get more juice from the leftovers! (*Read our tips on what to do with leftover pulp.)
- Drink up and juice on. At this point, you should have a fresh juice ready for you to drink! Drink it as soon as possible because once it’s juiced it starts to lose nutritional value overtime. If stored properly, it can last up to 2 days max but remember that there are no preservatives in fresh juice (which is why we love it!) so it can go bad quickly. If you prefer it cold, pour over ice.
- Now it’s time to clean your juicer. Carefully scrub your machine with warm water and soap and place on a drying mat. Check the owner’s manual to see if your juicer is dishwasher friendly for an even faster clean.
It isn’t to late to join our resident vegan hottie Paisley in participating in her #JuicyJanuary2016 challenge and giveaway. Here’s how to get involved:
1. Follow @theplantbasedbae (she will also be participating and will post pics of her daily juices and smoothies)
2. Repost this image and help spread the word.
3. Try to post once daily, each post = one entry.
4. Tag @theplantbasedbae and use#juicyjanuary2016 in the caption of each post.
5. Interact with others who are participating.
6. And last but not least, make it fun!!