First, I have never blogged before but I find it already a great stress reliever. I wanted all to join in on this blog and first hand join with me on this cleanse. It will be hard and we may become distracted but this is why I have set up this wonderful blog… to share how you feel on your days through this challenge and we are all here to support. Talk about your favorite juicer drink you have made and add recipes!!!
Why Juice? Here’s A little aboutit..
REMEMBER: Making fresh juice a part of a well-balanced, plant-based diet is an important tool for achieving good health.
Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. Most commercial juices are processed and lacking in nutrition while freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are loaded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Drinking fresh juice can help us adopt healthier eating patterns. For those of us who do not traditionally consume many fruits and vegetables, incorporating fresh juice can be a fun and different approach to increasing consumption of these important plant foods for improved health and wellness and reaching your weight loss goals.
How does it work? Juicing removes the insoluble fiber from vegetables and fruits. While fiber is an established, important part of an overall healthy diet, removing the insoluble fiber allows for increased absorption of specific health promoting phytonutrients including enzymes, while the soluble fiber persists into the juice. By removing the fibers and consuming fruits and vegetables in liquidform, we are providing a nutrient delivery system to our bodies that allows individuals who would otherwise have difficulty consuming whole vegetables, the opportunity to reap the numerous benefits vegetables have to offer.
Joe’s Juicing Tips
Hi mates! If you’re reading this section then good on ya because you likely have already purchased your juicer and are eager to start incorporating juices as part of your every day regimen. Juicing is easy but yes, it does take time! These tips and tricks will help make it a fun and smooth process for you.
Getting Ready to Juice
1. Select your juicer. Purchase the juicer that is right for you:)
2. 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. If you’re new to juicing and unsure of what juices you might like, here are a few of my favorites to help you get started:
3. 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.
- Wash the produce.
- Place in storage container and put in the fridge.
- Assemble the juicer in your kitchen.
4. Now, start juicing.
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.
- If your juicer 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 some lose nutrients. 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.
- 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!
- 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 startsto 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.
Make a double batch of juice, have a dose of fresh juice right away, then store the rest for your meals later that day or the following day. This will help ensure you get the most potent juice possible for at least one serving.
The best ways to store your juice are:
- For 24-48 hours in the fridge (72 hours is maximum time suggested)
- In an airtight container, preferably glass but BPA-free plastic works too
- Seal tightly and fill to the top to prevent oxygen from getting in
- In a dark, cool environment away from heat and light
- Bring a cooler along if you’ll be away from a fridge
- Don’t leave your juice in the car especially on a really hot or really cold day
Well, this is the first post!!! More than welcome to comment on this and ask questions! Your challenge for the next few days is to find the juicer right for you and I will be researching the best approach for grocery list and budgeting:)
Look for another blog here tomorrow!!!
Always with love– Miss Lyss