Juicing for Beginners- Part II

In an effort of being succinct, this post will outline 3 of my favorite juices, their ingredients, and how to prepare. As I’ve mentioned before I love juicing and since becoming a mother, juicing has become the easiest way to ensure that my toddler “eats” her veggies. To date, she has loved every juiced I’ve prepared for her. As a precaution, I would advise parents to check with their pediatrician and/or conduct your own research on juicing and children, as I’ve never read any information on it—I simply believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of juicing and decided it was a good practice for my household; however I am unaware of what the research says with regard to juicing and children. I’ve elected to serve my child 4 ounces of juice mixed with 4 ounces of water and I don’t give her more than one of this 8 ounce serving per day, as too much of any juice can cause loose stools in children. I also didn’t give her any juice until she started drinking regular milk (she only drinks unsweetened almond milk) and table food. This is my choice and you can decide what’s best for your family.

Smoothy of orange juice, apple, carrot, beet a...

Smoothy of orange juice, apple, carrot, beet and ginger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*Please note: what follows are my favorite recipes. I have played with ingredients over the years and I prefer a somewhat sweeter juice (helps me with cravings). The amounts I use of each ingredient aren’t an exact science. What you will find as you become comfortable with juicing is that just about every combination you put together tastes great, as the juice of an item tastes differently than the item does when eaten.  So don’t worry about messing up-have fun with it! I will, however let you know which items you shouldn’t use large amounts of, due to the potency of its juice.

Also, what follows is information on true juicing—NOT high powered blending. There are several of these blenders on the market today that try to pass themselves off as juicers. While there are still health benefits to using these machines, they are blending items together, essentially making a smoothie, not juicing. The way to know if you’re juicing is that you don’t have to add a liquid to make a juice. With a juicer, you simply place the fruit or vegetable in the machine and it extracts the juice from the food, placing it in one container while the pulp of the fruit or vegetable is placed into another container. The pulp can be discarded or you can make soups out of them. I haven’t made any soups yet, however I hear they’re delicious!

There are several different types of juicers out there, so I suggest you do some research to find which is best for you. As a beginner, I recommend one that is cost effective but gets the job done. I use a juicer I bought at GNC, but you decide which is best for you. For your convenience, here’s is a link outlining the differences in juicers available: http://www.harvestessentials.com/whatjuicisri.html . I am not personally endorsing any juicer over the other.

Favorite juice #1: The Green Juice

As stated on rawforbeauty.com, the health benefits of a green juice are: greens produce chlorophyll which helps oxygenate your body, lose weight, improved focus and mental clarity, anti-aging, improved bone and joint functioning, stronger immune system, better digestion, healthy hair, skin, and nails, and more energy,

Ingredients:

~Kale or spinach or both—you choose! It’s important to note that the juice of leafy greens is bitter and you don’t need an large amount to receive the benefits. I typically use 2 handfuls. If I am including more than one type of green vegetable, then it’s one handful of each.

~Celery- 2 stalks (Chop off the ends, as many of the toxins reside there. Also, cut off any brown areas.)

~Cucumber- 1 (Chop off either end.)

~Lime- 1 (Chop off either end. There is no need to peel the lime-place it in the juicer as is. You may, however, want to cut it in half before putting it in the juicer.)

~Lemon– ½- lemon juice is potent, so a little goes a long way (Chop off either end. There is no need to peel the lemon prior to juicing.)

***Lemons and Limes are the only citrus that you do not have to peel prior to juicing, as their nutrients are in their outer layer.***

~Gala Apples-4 or 5 (Apple juice is sweet, so add what you need to suit your taste buds. Core the apples to remove stems and seeds prior to placing it into the juicer. There is no need to peel the apple, as the most nutrients are in the skin.)

~Ginger- the size of the tip of your thumb (Ginger is very potent. Only a small amount is needed. Peel off skin before placing it in the juicer. Also, add the ginger with an item that has lots of juice, such as an apple or cucumber.)

The inevitable question is “but what does it taste like?” To me, this juice tastes like lemonade.  The only juice I taste are the apples and lemon. I once used too much ginger and let’s just say, you don’t want to do that!!! 🙂

 

Favorite Juice #2: The Orange Juice

This was a simple juice I “created” one day with the fruits and veggies I had left over in my refrigerator and it became a favorite. Like I said before, have fun mixing different items together! I typically begin with googling the benefits of juicing certain foods and go from there.

Ingredients:

~Oranges- 3 to 4 (You will need to use an citrus peeler to take off the outer layer of the orange, being careful not to peel off the “white” that exists beneath, as the white is where most of the nutrients reside.)

~Gala Apples- 3 to 4 (Same instructions as above.)

~Carrots- 3 to 4 (Do not use “baby carrots” or any other variety. Use the organic carrots picked fresh from a garden. Chop off either end, as this is where the toxins reside. There is no need to peel the carrot, barring any brown areas that may exist.)

~Ginger- Thumb tip size (Instructions above.)

Tastes like: orange juice 🙂 So if it tastes like orange juice, why not just juice oranges only? Because while you can’t taste all of the ingredients, you are consuming the nutrients from all, therefore receiving a power-packed punch of all in each serving!

 

Favorite Juice #3: Beet Juice

This is actually a new favorite, as I juiced with beets for the first time a couple weeks ago after reading up on all of the benefits of juicing beets, inclusive of the following (taken from juicingforweightloss.com): reduce blood pressure, prevent heart attacks, prevent strokes, treat anemia, prevent precancerous tumors in the esophagus, regulates the digestive system, improves metabolism, increases oxygen carried in the red blood cells, improving stamina.

Ingredients:

~Beet- 1 medium size (The juice of beet is pretty strong. Chop off the stalk, peel outer layer using a citrus peeler. Be careful when handling the beet, as the “red” will rub off on your fingers and counter surfaces; however I’ve found that if you rinse it off immediately after peeling, the staining goes away.)

~Gala Apples 3 to 5 (Instructions above.)

~Lemon- ½ (Instructions above.)

~Celery- 2 stalks (Instructions above.)

~Ginger- Thumb tip size (Instructions above.)

~Cucumber- 1 (Instructions above.)

~Carrots- 3 to 4 (Instructions above.)

 

Tastes like: I’m not sure yet, but it’s yummy! It resembles a fruit juice.

 

I hope you’ve found this information helpful as you begin your juicing journey! In the comment section, let me know what questions you have.

Sincerely,

Shanika

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