A Beginner’s Guide to Juicing



 

3 steps for fresh + colourful elixirs

Liquid nutrition has gone well beyond the trend. Raw juice is now a daily staple for many people, and its raison d’être is far from merely helping people lose weight. So for a diet rich in fruits and veggies, bursting with nutrients, follows these steps.

1. Find the right machine
There are centrifugal juicers and juice extractors. You can pay anything from $ 100 to $1,000. Whichever you go with, know that it is not with the most expensive machine that you’ll get the best juice.

Essentially, an extractor is the most ideal. With the latter, vitamins, enzymes and minerals are extracted by crushing. They are less exposed to air, and therefore are preserved longer than if they’d gone in the centrifuge (which separates the liquid from the flesh in a rotation movement).

But another important criterion to consider is maintenance and cleaning. If it’s too complicated, it’s highly likely you won’t stick to your juice resolution. Also, the machine needs to be compact enough that storage won’t be a problem.

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2. Choosing your ingredients
Choose fruits and vegetables rich in water. If you feel any reticence towards carrots or beets, start experimenting slowly by jumping into a homemade apple or grape juice… or even apple-grape!

Then, when you’re ready, start integrating the ingredients that you were to afraid to add to your juice in the beginning. You will then quickly notice how good it feels to enjoy such a variety rich in vitamins.

Finally, the “condiments” come along to enhance the experience. Ginger, for example, spices up the juice all the while helping with digestion and stimulating our immune system. We also suggest having fun with herbs; such as with the tasty cilantro, rich in vitamin K, which is necessary when it comes to blood coagulation.

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3. Switch up the recipes
Here are a few blends we find absolutely addictive:

– Apples, cucumber, and parsley;
– Beets, carrots, and apples;
– Watermelon, cucumber, and mint;
– Pineapple, oranges, and fennel;
– Spinach (or kale), pineapple, and mangoes.

Ahhh! Fresh as summer!

As per your preference, add lemon for acidity, water to adjust the texture, or a bit of maple (or agave) syrup to sweeten.

We’ve assembled a few recipes from Pinterest to convince you that juicing is fabulous! Click to find out more.

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