We’ve already covered WHY you’d want to juice, WHAT equipment you’d need, now let’s talk about WHO, WHEN and HOW….
There are two types of people who will benefit from juicing. The first is someone who has a lot of health problems and would like to improve or even resolve their health problems (especially arthritis, bowel problems, skin problems, and so forth). The other person is someone who already has a good base of health to begin, and wants to stay healthy and prevent disease. I suppose you could also say that maintaining a healthy weight is a “side effect” of consuming a lot of veggies!
Fresh Juice is designed to be consumed immediately after making. When you expose it to light and air, it begins to
loose nutrients. Storage of juice is not the best idea, but if you make a large batch (to take to work that day, for example) you should store it in a metal container, in the refrigerator. It’s best to consume juice between the hours of 7am and 9am when your Stomach is most energetically active! Juicing is easier and better than eating whole vegetables. You can consume a greater amount, a greater variety, AND research has shown that the nutrients are more “bio-available” to the body in juiced form. With that being said, Juice every day, and the more colorful the vegetable the better!
As far as HOW to juice, it’s pretty simple. Don’t put items in the juicer that don’t have liquid – like bananas, avocado, or thick peels. Most vegetables can be put through the juice with their thin skin left on or their green tops (just make sure you wash it). Depending on your juicer’s mouth opening and strength, you may or may not need to chop your vegetables first.
I have posted a few recipes to get you started from our Juicing Workshop below – give these a try and make sure to let me know what you think!
“The Mojito” (Note: Aloe helps heal the inner lining of our digestive track)
2 green apples, 1 wedge of Aloe (remove outside skin and just use the clear jelly part of the plant), 1 handful of fresh mint, Splash of water and ice
Carrot Juice (Note: this recipe is great for the skin or an upset stomach)
3 parts apple, 3 parts carrot, 1 part ginger
1 green apple, ¼ cucumber (skin on), 1 celery stalk, ¼ lemon (peel on)
Dilute with an equal amount of H2o.
Detox Recipe 2 (Note: use beets sparingly)
1 beet (raw with skin on), ½ lemon (can leave skin on), 2 carrots, 1 green apple, 1” piece of ginger
Quick V8 Juice (Spinach: the healthiest leaves are colorful and dark!)
3 carrots, 1 tomato, Handful of spinach