I’m definitely a juicing groupie and have tried out so many, mostly good, but some I’ve had to feed to my plants instead. One of my favourite juicing mornings is Sunday, where I hop on my bike (the road rattler) and do a yoga class in the park, then afterwards find a nice spot have my juice. It’s my time to be thankful, set my intentions for the week ahead, maybe read a bit of my book and take in the beautiful natural surroundings. Time seems to slow down and I know every cell in my body is energised, flowing with energy and full of goodness. Every time I get home I feel like I’m floating on air, relaxed and can’t believe I still have the whole day ahead to look forward too.
Juicing has gained more popularity with the emergence of documentaries such as ‘fat, sick and nearly dead‘ by Joe Cross. Joe was an overweight man, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, he drank fruit/vegetable juices for 60 days, after which he was cured from all health issues he had been suffering and has been medication free and a lot lighter ever since. If you havent seen it you should, as it’s interesting and might give you more perspective on juicing. But don’t take it from me, go and also research what others have experienced and how it’s helped their health and try juicing/smoothies for yourself.
My top juicing tips:
- Only juice organic fruits and vegetables, which have a higher nutritional value and flavour, compared to cheap pesticide/chemical produce. To keep the costs down I tend to juice fruit/vegetables that I know have lots of liquid. My basics include: Apples, oranges, celery, lettuce, cucumber, pears, ginger, lemons and limes.
- Always wash everything in case it has bugs, residues and dirt.
- You can also add filtered/mineral water or coconut water to make it go further.
- Adding lime or lemon is surprising tasty in juices, especially if they feel like they are lacking that extra kick or are too sweet and bland.
- I juice seasonally to keep the costs down, freeze things like berries and bananas when they are on special and do a combination of juicing and smoothies.
- I juice a combination of fruits and vegetables, but some people find juicing only fruits or only vegetables is better for them, try it out and see what works best for you.
- I don’t juice too many foods at once, as for me my juices taste better when I keep it simple.
- Trial and error, with so many juicing recipes online you can try so many combinations and you’ll soon find ones you like more than others. I started off making a small testers, so I didn’t waste produce as some of my juice combinations were disgusting.
- Nothing should go to waste. The pulp that is left behind makes great compost for the garden.
- Get into the habit of washing your juicer straight away and try to pick one that doesn’t have too many parts, it will be easier to clean and not make it seem like a hassle.
- Drink your juice straight away as that is when it has the most nutritional value. If you do need to keep it make sure you put it in an airtight container, otherwise it will oxidise with the air, go brown and taste off.