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So you’re a healthy guy or gal. You’re up on the latest health trends and are thinking of incorporating juicing into your regime. But you’re kind of not sure how (shhh!!!). Well, as always, I’ve got your back. Here’s the what, why, how….
The first question I always get with juicing is, what kind of juicer should I buy??
The answer, one you will use!! You do not need a crazy expensive, gadgety juicer. Buy a reasonably priced juicer that fits in your budget to get you started. You can re-evaluate in six months to a year, if you’re still juicing regularly. I use the one in the photo and I’ve had it for four years. I have no intention on upgrading, but that’s just me. There is no right or wrong, just what works for you!! This juicer has been a great starter juicer for many of my clients.
How am I ever going to fit juicing into my busy schedule??
Easy, see the photo of the bag of washed and prepped veggies and fruit. Do this once or twice a week and your juicing time will be one minute or less, I promise!! It’s also a handy way to keep your meal plans and grocery lists in check.
Isn’t juice gross?
Yes, it can be, if you start off throwing everything but the kitchen sink in or using fruits or veggie you hate, then yes, your juice will be disgusting. Here’s the trick. Start with simple juices. 2-4 ingredients and work your way up from there. Here’s the BIG tip. Adding lemon and ginger to ANY juice will make it tasty. This is why I can juice things like broccoli and kale stems and my juice still tastes great! Mint is delightful too!! That said, juicing is also a great way to get the most out of your produce. You’ll end up using ALL of your produce and you wouldn’t believe how much juice is in the leaves and stems of things like beets and collard greens!!
Can’t I get the same benefit from my blender??
No, I’ve tried. First of all broccoli stem in a blender is just plain gross (in my opinion) Second, and I must say I adore smoothies and have them daily, but if I need a boost, the juice will do it and the smoothie doesn’t even compare in the energy department. It is also easy on my digestive system and gives it a well-deserved break. Think about it, your digestive system works for you several times a day and has since the day you were born. Show it a little love and let it rest from time to time, especially if your digestion is compromised. You will notice a difference.
But, smoothies are predigested?
Yes, they are, but there is still a ton of fiber and sometimes your system needs a break, as I stated above. Furthermore, you can’t pack the nutrition into a smoothie that a juice has. Plain and simple. A smoothie will typically have a couple cups of fruit and veggies and some liquid. To make the same size juice, I need triple the amount of fruits and veggies, so the vitamin content is through the roof in juice.
Ok, I’m sold, any final tips??
Yes, RNL says juice 2 veggies to 1 fruit.Your system doesn’t need a big cup full of sugar all at once (you’re sweet enough) And try to keep the fruit you do include low glycemic (green apples and pears are great.)
Try to mix different herbs such as mint, parsley or cilantro or sprouts in your juice for a nutritious oomph!
Use Organic!! You don’t need any chemicals in your cup!! If you can’t find organic, find a great veggie wash and peel produce that is conventional.
Lastly, seal juice in jars to drink the same day. Don’t let them sit overnight. Freeze them if that’s the case. The juice will oxidize and lose much of its nutrition if left sitting too long.
Here is one of my favorite juices: Warning!! it is not an entry level juice (try apple, beet and carrot or cucumber, pear and mint for a more mild start)
RNL Mean Green Recipe
- 1 green apple
- 1 head of romaine
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 lemon
- A few kale leaves
- A few sprigs of parsley
- 1 broccoli stem
- 1 inch of fresh ginger
- Dash of pink sea salt
- 1 spoonful spirulina
- Option: dash of cayenne, or splash of apple cider vinegar
- Juice and enjoy immediately!!
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