Juicing 101

I don’t know what has taken me so long to write a post about my “new” love of JUICING!! I have been doing it since the beginning of January…so about 8 months!  For the last few months of 2013, I was having episodes of stomach and lower chest pains, feeling nauseous in the mid afternoons, no energy- and NO I was not pregnant!

My good friend had bought a juicer last year when she had some serious health issues. and it really seemed to help her! So I decided to give it a try. The whole family did it too, which is SUPER fun when everyone is on board!! To this day, Graham sees a carrot and says, “Juice!”. Gotta love it!

We bought a Breville juicer.  This brand gets some of the best reviews in the juicing world. We decided on a middle-of-the-road model as far as quality and price($100). I didn’t want to spend a ton of money if I was never going to use it.

Six months later we upgraded to a bigger juicer (Happy Mother’s Day to me!!) and I still swear by this stuff!


BENEFITS of juicing:

  • Your body takes no energy to process the juice.
  • The juicer has removed all pulp to make this more efficient. Disclaimer: This also removes most of the fiber so just be aware 😉
  • Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins and minerals that we are ALL deficient in, leading to major health issues.
  • I hate eating some of my veggies, but when they are juiced I can’t get enough!
  • You literally throw whole fruits and vegetables into the machine. This means no prep time and very little mess.

When I juice at least 4 times a week my anxiety is managed, my blood-sugar seems normal, I have no more nausea in the afternoon, tons of energy, and so far no more episodes of stomach pain! I am a believer!! And Graham loves it, so really, its a no-brainer!!

TIPS getting started:

  • If the produce is not organic, make sure you soak and rinse well before juicing. We don’t need all those pesticides in our tasty juice.
  • You DO need to peel your citrus fruits before throwing them in the juicer because the rind has toxins hat are not okay to be drinking.
  • Find 2-3 recipes that are your favorite so you do not have a ton of produce going to waste. You can still juice items that you maybe wouldn’t eat because they are on their way out,  just use your best judgment.
  • Clean your juicer right after you use it. Sometimes I simply wash the parts out with a little soap and water so very little scrubbing is required. If you let the juicer sit for while after you used it, the whole process is a lot less fun.
  • Use ICE!!  Get a big glass, I prefer my Tervis tumbler(20 oz.), and fill a little bit with ice and the rest with your concoction. It makes it much more drinkable when it is chilled.
  • Add CHIA seeds!! These little guys have no taste but add a fun texture to the juice, and have loads of Omega 3’s and protein. YUM!

My FAVORITE recipes…These are for a serving size 16oz which is perfect for 1 person!

Green Juice-

  • 1 whole cucumber (if using the giant english cucumbers, cut in half)
  • Half a bunch of celery
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 handfuls of kale or spinach (these have no taste, they are just good for you so the more the merrier!)

Carrot Juice MY FAV!

  • 3 large carrots- Costco has a 7lb bag of organic carrots (WHAAAT?!)
  • 2 kiwi
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • 2 handfuls of kale or spinach

Beet Juice-

  • 1-2 beets depending on the size
  • 8oz blackberries (these really cut out the dirt taste of the beets, yuck!)
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 handfuls of kale or spinach
  • half a lemon

I do not substitute juicing for my meals, although I know alot of people like to do this as a great detox. I simply add it to my daily meals to make sure I am getting all the vitamins and nutrients my body needs.

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions about getting started let me know!

xoxo- Andrea


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