Why is juicing so awesome?
Juicing, in my opinion, is one of the quickest and easiest ways to recharge your health.
My life always has been a rather busy one, so juicing is my favorite way to get all the nutrients that I need without having to gorge myself or spend a of time cooking.
Now that I have my daughter, cooking will become a big part of our lives, but for all the crazy times in between juicing has allowed me to stay on top of my health.
If you decide you want to juice just keep in mind that you will need to supplement fiber, and these are my favorite sources for that…
Your body can easily digest all of the nutrients in juice so you will notice a dramatic difference in your energy levels and not feel weighted down. It is also crucial to give your digestive system a break and the ability to stabilize blood sugar levels, and reduce acidic PH levels. Especially when you have a streak of eating a lot of sugar, fast food, and junk food. As we all know, eating crappy takes a toll on our systems so it is great to easily be able to improve how you feel by simply juicing.
Three days seems to be a nice little detox to reset the digestive system, but of course you will know what and how long works best for you and your lifestyle.
Becoming more aware of how much water you drink is important too. Eight glasses should be the bare minimum, but I would aim for more.
If you are interested in juicing but aren't sure you want to invest in any of the equipment yet, you can purchase cold pressed organic juices online or at your local stores. Suja is my favorite go-to company for juices when I need something convenient, delicious, and very cost efficient. They currently have a special on their 3 day juice cleanse when you order online, so that might be a great opportunity to try this whole idea out. I try the best I can to buy all my produce organic, fresh, and local…BUT when I can't there is always a Target, Whole Foods, or Fresh Thyme store nearby where I can purchase some awesome Suja juices, probiotic waters, or drinking vinegars.
If you don't necessarily want to purchase juices that are already pressed, but still want to juice and can't physically get to your local stores (or just don't freakin' feel like it:), then there a ton of grocery delivering services out there as well(InstaCart and GreenBeanDelivery are my two favorites that deliver in my area, but you may have to do a minor Google search for one that delivers in your area).
With most of them you go through whichever service delivers in your area, go through their site to the store of your choice, pick out everything you want, and someone will go get everything and deliver it right to your doorstep. Depending on their current specials you can get free shipping or very inexpensive deals (like FREE when you have them deliver to you every week-but again, the specials are constantly changing, AND you might find some great discounts on Groupon).
Found a Groupon yesterday for GreenBeanDelivery that I paid $15 for $35 worth of fruits & veggies!
Then on top of that I was shopping through my Ebates cashback tab and got another $ .86 which may seem small now, but when you consistently use Ebates, you will see your account fill up FAST, and it is like you get paid to go shopping online.
TaskRabbit is another website that can help you doing tasks like this as well.
What to juice with which juicer is best are probably the two questions that I hear most often…and since everything is completely subjective there is not one simple answer.
You can find decent juicers that are under $100 but they are usually high speed which means that the machine expels more heat and therefore sucks more of the nutrients out…but this can also be a great way to experiment and see if this is something you will want to incorporate into your life.
You can always invest in a better juicer later.
The way to tell the quality is by how dry (or wet) the pulp is. The dryer the better because this means your juicer has successful extracted all the nutrients possible out of your fresh produce.
If you want to upgrade the one that you currently have or just want to go ahead and start with a higher quality one, I highly recommend one that says it has a slow, cold, and/or masticating juicer (or a twin blade, but those are a lot more expensive). You are going to notice the difference in how you feel when you get one that extracts more nutrients.
» Using a combo of Ebates and Groupon will give you a nice big fat discount when hunting for a juicer…just be sure you know what type you want. With clothing I have never cared about name brands but with electronics I am a bit more finicky, especially if it handles my food and should last for a long time.
Brands I have tried and LOVE are:
- Bella –This brand has lasted me such a long time, so Bella will always be in my top 2!
- Omega–This one is half off right now through my link! With this one you don't have to chop up your fruits and veggies as small, so this can save time! This brand is very well known, trusted, & loved. A perfect way to rock out your juicing skills.
There are hundreds more of course, but either of these are a great way to start!
Recipes for juicing is extremely simple, and y ou can really throw anything together and it will be delicious. Some combos are far more delicious, but that is one thing you will not have to stress about.
For me, I keep this juice fresh in my fridge almost everyday, and constantly try new recipes, but this is my go-to:
5lb bag of organic carrots
5lb bag of organic apples (any type…but my favorite are the granny smith to counteract some of the sweetness)
One small piece of organic ginger
1-2 organic beets
I usually make enough for 3-5days and keep them sealed in mason jars in the fridge.
If I know I won't be able to drink any of it within that period of time, then I switch them to freezer safe plastic containers until I am ready to drink them.
Of course the nutrients are going to diminish the longer you wait, BUT it is a slow process so it is still very much worth doing.
Eating healthy has always been a constant struggle for me, but taking the time to simply make at least one (if not more) juice combo or smoothie each day makes a world of difference in my energy, bags under my eyes, and most important to me…my face clears up!
It is impossible to be dishonest about what I eat because my face tells on me. If I eat like crap, it shows!
The juicer I have is 5 years old and works GREAT! BELLA NutriPro Cold Press Juicer is a blade-less juicer, so there are some things that cannot go through like avocados, bananas, mangoes, or anything else that is the same consistency.
So, for those fruits and veggies I freeze them if needed so I have them available for smoothies or to make delicious sorbet treat.
I have had no major issues at all though with this juicer, and it has taken A LOT of abuse (like tossing it around in moving boxes and the occasional clog which is very easy to fix).
How to keep your juicer in great shape;
- have some type of toothbrush readily available by your sink (to brush the filter clean) and rinse everything off IMMEDIATELY after you are done using it. If you don't do that, I will bet that will only happen one time because of the extreme annoyance of scrubbing dried pulp out of all the pieces & blades.
- cutting all of your fruits and veggies in small-ish pieces, the less it has to work as hard, the longer your machine will last. I recommend chopping ahead of time things like carrots, beets, ginger, or other things that keep fresh for awhile. Try and keep it simple for yourself to stay on track.
The few first times may take a bit longer until you can remember how the pieces to your specific machine are put together and are taken apart. Once you have that down, you can juice, rinse everything, and hang it to dry in no time at all. If you have a small kitchen like my mom currently does, then you can find a pretty basket that all the pieces fit it and stick in on top of the fridge or somewhere else that would keep your limited counter space clear for other cooking projects.
***For juicing recipes, I use quite a few different sources…here are my favorite BOOKS:
***Juicing recipe WEBSITES I frequent :
Smoothies must have some type of extra superfood in like protein powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc. Honestly I just use a lot of the juicing recipes for smoothies but blend instead of juice. Smoothie bowls are great too, especially for kids because they are pretty to look at and have a nice consistency to them.
When I do look for ideas these are the sites I go to for smoothie inspiration:
Below are the sources for super foods that I use and love. I go between all of them because if the brand I like is on sale one week, it might be on sale with another place the next time. SO, I shop for deals and then try to stock up and use them in all my juices, teas, smoothies, etc.
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