A few weeks ago, I brought you an awesome article from Karen Knowler, the Raw Food Coach, How to Set up Your Own Smoothie Bar. As a follow up to her smoothie article, I am bringing you “How to Start Juicing at Home” so you can learn how easy and tasty juicing can be!
So why JUICING? They are quick and delicious, and deliver an instant blast of sustainable energy. I like to think of it as high-dose nutrition in a glass!
Home-made fresh juice is lacking the yucky preservatives and additives and the nutrients are easily assimilated in your body! This helps your body absorb more of the good stuff which will give you tons of energy!
Fruit and veggie juices are cleansing, have tons of antioxidants, natural sugars, and chlorophyll that will get you on the road to looking and feeling amazing!
What I have noticed the most is that I no longer have the acne breakouts (having those in your late 20s is embarrassing enough!), my complexion looks awesome, and I have more energy! The past few weeks my co-faculty members have all been affected by colds and the nasty flu. The only problem with me being healthy despite their cold/flu is that I have had to be at work every day!
Start juicing and let me know how you feel!
Step 1: Tool Time.
You don’t need a lot of equipment to start juicing. All you need is a juicer. There are a bunch of different juicers out there on the market and can range in price from around $30 to $500 or more! You can get away with spending what you can on a juicer that gets great reviews on Amazon.com.
If you are looking for a solid juicer that can do many different functions besides just juice, minimizes foam on top of your juice, and minimizes nutrients lost, I recommend…
Last spring I bought an Omega 8006 after reading tons of reviews and health information about juicers. I absolutely love it! It maintains all the awesome nutrients and enzymes and does not have as much of that gross pulp left on the top of the glass.
It is pricey, but it is one of the best investments you can make for your health. I have made it part of my healthy living toolbox.
Some more helpful kitchen tools that are not required but are worth investing in, is a good cutting board that you will only use for fresh produce, a quality chef’s knife, and a fun juice glass! J
Step 2: What to Juice?
The main things that you can juice are fruits and vegetables.
I find juicing a combination of various fruits gives you a great burst of energy. Juicing a combination of fruits and vegetables makes you feel more nourished as well as energized. Vegetable Juices are more detoxing and nourishing.
All I can say to this is to experiment with various combinations! Click here are 3 simple juice recipes to get you started!
Step 3: Set up your Juicing Station.
Find a place in your kitchen that you can designate as your juicing station. Make it convenient to the refrigerator and kitchen sink to make it easier to grab and wash your produce. The key is to not make it difficult to set up your equipment, gather your ingredients, and juice because you will be less likely to ever juice if it is a pain to even get started! Make life simple: keep supplies close!
Step 4: How to Juice!
- Set up all your supplies! Pull out your juicer, the fruits/veggies you are going to juice, and your juice glass (fancy & fun to drink your awesome juice in)!
- Be sure to wash all your fruits and vegetables. I use the fit wash that can be found at most grocery stores.
- Chop and pit and any other preparation that needs to happen to make the fruits and vegetables easier to put through the juicer.
- In no particular order, feed your produce into the juicer!
- Pour into your fancy and fun juice glass!
- Enjoy! Share with family and friends!
Ready for 3 refreshing and tasty juice recipes to get you started? Check out my juice recipe post by clicking here!
Before I wrote this blog post, I had a few readers ask about what I thought about juicing and what type of juicer I recommend. So, for those readers who were wondering what type of juicer I recommend…
The Omega 8006 and I highly encourage you to make the investment if you are serious about getting healthy!
So, Get out there and start juicing!
Leave me a comment below because I want to know: Do you have any questions about getting started juicing? If you have started, what benefits have you noticed and what is your favorite recipe for juicing?