By now you should know I am a juice junkie – I love the stuff, not just because it tastes good but because it’s good for me. Green juice is my favourite because it is alkalising, anti-inflammatory and packed full of oxygen and chlorophyll which my cells love! In my opinion, it’s never too late to start juicing and is the most loving thing you can do for your body. So if you’re not yet on the juicy bandwagon, here are a few tips to get you started.
Juice rocks because it is the fastest and easiest way to flood your cells with liquid nutrition. By separating the fruit or vegetable from its fibre, we gain access to all of the amazing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients which are much more easily assimilated by our body than if we were to eat them. Most combinations taste good but generally speaking I like to use mostly vegetables, with just a piece of low GI fruit such as apple or pear to sweeten it up.
There are several juicers on the market, some are centrifugal machines, while others are masticating. Check out this post for more info on the difference between the two and which will suit your needs. I also sell juicers in my online store.
♥ Unwaxed lemons and limes are preferable; when adding to the juicer, cut away the peel leaving the white pith on as this contains many nutrients.
♥ Juices are best consumed immediately however if you wish to make enough to last you all day add a chunk of lemon to your juice as the Vitamin C content will help preserve it. Pour the juice into a glass jar, preferably right to the top leaving as little air and space as possible. This will reduce the oxidation making it less likely to spoil. Consume within 24 hours.
♥ When adding garlic, ginger, herbs or any food that has a low water content, add them to the the juicer at the beginning of juicing so the other ingredients push them though the machine gaining maximum benefit.
♥ At the end of juicing, pour approximately 50ml water into the juicer to help any remaining juice to reach the spout.
♥ It is often possible to gain an extra half a glass of juice by running the juice pulp through the machine to squeeze out every last drop!
♥ If you can’t afford organic, be sure to peel your veg, such as cucumbers and carrots.
If you’re thinking about doing a juice cleanse at this time of the year, here’s a few tips on how to juice cleanse in the winter months:
♥ Add fresh ginger to the ingredients you’re juicing as this has a warming effect on the body.
♥ Drink plenty of herbal teas and hot water with lemon and raw honey.
♥ Wrap up warm – thermals come in handy!
♥ Take saunas (I bought mine a few years ago and love it!)
♥ Dry skin brush to get your lymphatic system moving
Happy juicing! xxx