Juicing has become more popular than ever, touted by both dieters and fitness gurus across the country. They claim that juicing can help you lose weight, diminish toxins and can be easier on your digestive system than solid foods. But buying your juices at a juice bar, gym or grocery store can be incredibly expensive if you’re enjoying juice daily or even weekly. Juicing is easy to do in your home and I myself have reaped many of its benefits. Follow my guide to help you get a jump start to juicing at home.
Buy a Juicer
It seems silly, but buying a good juicer or blender is the first step to at home juicing. There are many different kinds including those you can toss whole fruits in without peeling. I personally went with a budget blender that makes just one juice at a time. The blending cup is actually a travel mug, so I can juice my fruits and veggies and head out the door. If you have a large family, a larger capacity juicer might be better for you. There are also some with more powerful motors and bigger blades, so you will want to visit several stores and online retailers to check out models before making your purchase.
Get a Recipe Book
A recipe book for juicing is a great idea before you start juicing at home. Even though you can look recipes up online, I like having the paper copy with me when I shop. The Big Book of Juices is the first one that I purchased and I rely on it for lots of recipe ideas. As a person with food allergies, it’s a great guide to finding ways to get my nutrients in while skipping foods that make me sick. One good grocery trip of fruits and veggies can yield a variety of good juices, even ones you hadn’t considered before, so don’t be afraid to jump headfirst into a new juice.
Buy Quality Ingredients
When preparing juice, you want the juice to be the highest quality possible. That doesn’t mean you always have to buy organic or the most expensive produce, but make sure the ingredients you use are fresh or are frozen from fresh. Buy your ingredients and use them from oldest to newest to keep your stock rotated. For example, I buy a bunch of bananas that are very green once my current bunch is just ripening, so that by the time I use the ripe ones, my next bunch is ready to go. If you buy frozen fruit, thaw the fruit slightly first to make sure it pasts a taste test before mixing with fresh ingredients. The taste of your juice ultimately comes from the taste and quality of what you put into it.
The next step of course is to start experimenting with juice recipes. If you want to try an all juice diet, follow directions of your physician carefully before you embark on consuming only juice. You can supplement your juices with protein powder and a variety of vitamins to help boost your nutrition. With a little practice, you’ll be making delicious juices for you and your family in no time.