This is a question I get asked often. “Okay, I want to start juicing so I can improve my health and resolve my (fill-in-the-blank) problem… now what do I do?”
The very first step is to learn more about the health benefits of juicing, and why one would want to do this. If you’ve already done this, keep reading… if not, please click here to watch a brief video.
The next step is to choose your equipment. A juicer is not the same as a blender, so you will need to make a purchase. There are a variety of machines and price points out there – from $35 to over $500. The first juicer I ever owned cost about $35. I would never discourage someone from juicing if this is the level of financial commitment you can make at this time…because doing some healthy things are always better than none! However, I will say that this is one of those situations where you get what you pay for. This juicer (by Cuisinart) was loud, made of cheap plastic, hard to clean, and was broken in about 6 months. If you are going to start juicing, I would recommend planning on spending about $100-200. At this price point, you will look at a Jack Lalanne, Omega, or Breville, which are available at major stores and online. I have had a positive experience with my Jack Lalanne Power Express, and in fact, I would suggest this over a Breville which I have used as well. Comparably, I found the Jack Lalanne to be sturdier and more powerful. Around the $500 price point, you will encounter the holy grail of juicers – the Vitamix. It is so powerful that it leaves no leftover pulp behind. It even comes with a cookbook and a 7 year warranty! I have yet to meet a person (including myself) that has not fallen in love with this piece of kitchen equipment.
Now, we need to explore the recipes. Start with simple recipes that have minimal ingredients! Keep your focus on vegetable recipes (as opposed to fruit) because that is where the health benefits are!
Please read Part 2 of this article next week as we continue to explore the beginning stage of becoming a healthy juicer…. And don’t forget to leave a comment or question!