I recently started using a juice machine to make it easier to consume vegetables, in effort to boost energy and avoid getting sick. The effects have been noticeable so I wanted to share my notes with you.
Timing, freshness, and portion sizes
- To get the most benefit, it’s best to drink it right after you’ve made it, but it’s ok to drink it within a couple days.
- To save time, I make 30 ounces at a time and drink it within 24 hours – usually just on weekends when I have more time.
- I typically drink about 6 ounces at time with meals. It’s a small enough serving so that I don’t get sick of it, but large enough for me to have consumed enough to receive the health benefits by the end of the day.
- Don’t use frozen fruits or vegetables. Only fresh fruits and vegetables should be used for juicing.
- Plastic thermoses or containers will do, but a stainless steel drink carriers such as SIGGs are recommended.
- I don’t follow recipes exactly, I just follow these basic principles and then wing it:
- Include a vegetable with high water density such as cucumber celery
- Include about one service of fruit, such as apple, kiwi, or strawberry, per 30 ounces of juice to add some sweetness
- Carrots are good because they’re a relatively sweeter vegetable
- To add spice (as well as added nutrients), consider including a small serving of jalapeno, ginger root, or garlic
- The two juicers that I read the best reviews on were the Breville 800JEXL and the Breville JE98XL. I bought the JE98XL and it works great.
Peels and Pulp
- The pulp that isn’t juiced contains fiber and can be added to soup, stew, dip, or a burger.
- Non-organic foods should be peeled or at least washed thoroughly.
- Citrus fruits should be peeled because the rind tastes bitter and may contain pesticides.
- Before making the investment in a juicer, you might want to try some vegetable juice at http://www.liquiteria.com/ or http://juicegeneration.com/locations
- Most of the content for this blog post came from a book called The Juicing Bible – it has a ton of info and recipes.
Conclusion: I highly recommend it. And it doesn’t taste as horrible as you’d think. Let me know if you’d like more info or have any questions.