Juicing 101: 6 Juicing Tips for Beginners!

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Juicing is one of the best things you can do for you health. In liquid form, it’s possible to intake larger quantities of fruits and vegetables than would normally be eaten at a single meal. That’s a great way to boost your daily intake! When you juice primarily fresh, organic produce, you are delivering high level, quality nutrients directly into the bloodstream. As you learn more about what fruits and vegetables contain which nutrients and properties, you can tailor your juices for specific needs. Juicing will benefit the cardiovascular system, aid in detoxification, strengthen the immune system, improve your skin, and help to slow the aging process–and those are just a few of the benefits. If you have a juicer, but have been intimidated or otherwise uninspired to use it on a regular basis, or if you have yet to buy one, I strongly encourage you to make the decision to start juicing as often as possible (even if that’s just once a week at the weekend) and reap the benefits of this rewarding practice! Here are six tips to get you started:

1. Choose a Juicer

There are various different kinds of juicers available, and they range in price from about $70 to $400. Any juicer is better than no juicer, and you can certainly reap the benefits of juicing with a moderately priced machine. You should not feel the need to spend a lot of money on a juicer until the time you know you will be using it consistently, or have very specific needs. Do a little research, and then take the plunge!

  • Masticating juicers such as the Champion juicer in my video, really break up the cells, allowing for better extraction of fiber, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It expels the pulp while it’s juicing, which allows for continuous use.
  • Centrifugal juicers grind the fruit first, and then spin it very fast, pushing the juice out through a strainer, and typically yield more juice than the masticating juicers. The centrifugal juicer is the most common type of juicer on the market, and you can certainly buy a fairly decent one at a very reasonable price.
  • Triturating juicers first crush, and then press the juice. These juicers are also good at extracting the fibers, vitamins and trace minerals. They also have magnetic and bio-ceramic technology which slows down the oxidation process of the juice (good if you intend to store the juice). Triturating juicers are great for juicing leafy greens and dense, non-pulpy fruit.

2. Give Your Juicer a Prominent Home in Your Kitchen

Don’t let your juicer fall to the same fate as your ice-cream maker or quadruple waffle-making machine, that sits gathering dust on the bottom shelf at the back of the highest cupboard in the kitchen. Your juicer should be somewhere you can see it, and where can use it on the spot (if possible) without having to move it into place each time you want to juice.

3. Buy Organic Produce Whenever Possible

Buy local, organic fruits and vegetables wherever possible. If this isn’t possible, wash them with an organic vegetable cleaner such as Environne Fruit & Vegetable Wash. The wash will strip off any pesticides which you want to avoid including in your delicious, healthy juice.

4. Do the Dirty Work Ahead of Time

Wash and prepare your vegetables as soon as you can after bringing them home. Clean them, dry them well, and seal them in a plastic container, or in Debbie’s Green Bags, which absorb ethylene gas, preventing the vegetables from going bad too quickly. Do not cut the vegetables or fruits up too small, or they will spoil or go brown in any case. Simply wash them and prepare them so they are easier to use when you need them. This way, the most daunting aspect of juicing will be the minimal cleaning at the end.

5. Clean Your Juicer Immediately After Using it

Immediately after juicing, the parts are the easiest to clean. Resist the temptation to leave them until a little later in the day (or worse, the next morning when you want to juice again), or you will have to deal with dried-on pulp that is hard to get off without lots of soaking, and will only deter you from using the juicer again because you will associate it with being a drag to maintain. The good news is that juicers are much easier to clean these days. A quick wash with soapy water and a rinse will do the trick.

6. Have Dedicated Juice Days

It would be great if you had a freshly squeezed juice every day, but that may not be realistic for everyone, or maybe not at this point in time. If that’s the case, start with one or two days a week that you will dedicate to making yourself a fresh juice. Look forward to them, prepare for them, and then go for it! Enjoy your fresh juice knowing that your giving your body an amazingly delicious blast of nutrients, trace minerals and enzymes!

If you have any questions, or would like to share your own juicing tips, please do so in the comments section below! If you have a favorite juice recipe that sounds strange but tastes amazing, tell us that too!

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23 comments on “Juicing 101: 6 Juicing Tips for Beginners!

  1. Terri

    Question: you mentioned you have a Vitamix. Why not put all the ingredients in the VItamix with water and icecubes and make your juice that way? I have a Vitamix and made carrot juice with water, carrots, lemon and ice cubes and it was perfect. Does the juicer do something different?

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    1. Barbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Hi Terri~ Both options are fine but the difference is that with a juicer you can get way more nutrients in your drink because you’ll be using more produce. The goal with juicing is to get as many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes which you can do because in extracting a large portion on the fiber, you get more concentrated juice. With the Vitamix you use a fraction of the amount of produce otherwise you’ll make way more than you can consume. My preference is to get lots of fiber in my diet through salads, beans and plenty of vegetables in my meals and in addition to that, have a green juice. Others prefer to make a smoothie drink in the Vitamix b/c they prefer to retain the fiber… like I said, both are fine and have their benefits. I hope this helps!

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  2. Donna

    Hi Barbara.
    I do find your site very refreshing and clarity of whatever the topic is amazing. Really liking this!
    My question is ,I am aware that drinking the juice right away is the best but keeping some for later in the day,say for my grand-kids after school ,does it continue to have any substantial value that is worth doing this?
    Take Care and thank you Donna
    PS I have a juicer 36 years old, but see how I will be shopping for an upgrade!

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    1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Thanks Donna! I appreciate the feedback~

      as for juicing, yes it is true that it is best to juice and drink it right away. That being said, while you may lose some enzyme activity by keeping it for hours or a day, you will still benefit from the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so go for it! Your grandkids are absolutely better off having some that is a few hours old than not having it at all~

      I hope this helps! Stay well!
      B

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  4. Lou

    Barb,
    Great article on Juicing. Only thing I would add to your ingredients is ginger. It adds just a little bit of bite while also adding Omega 3.

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  5. Linda

    Your videos are refreshingly calm and to the point. Always informative with some useful tips. Thank you, I’ll be retrieving my old juicer from the depths of the cupboard this weekend. You have inspired me Barbara!

    Linda

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    1. Barb

      I think your daughter is amazing and you must be so proud of her. I have gained so much information from her site.

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      1. Barbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

        Thanks Barb! I will make sure my parents see that… they’ll be very happy to read it, no doubt 🙂
        And I am so happy to know you have learned from my blog…. it’s notes like that that make it all worth while!
        Have a great week!
        B

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  6. Francesca

    Excellent video. I’ve not tried those green bags before.

    Pineapple is great to add to green drinks too… just that perfect bit of sweetness to make the drink less bitter. I also make pineapple smoothies with mint which i love!!

    Francesca

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  7. Marjorie

    Thank you for a suggestion of what to do wit the pulp. I have always felt it such a waste to throw it away. I sometimes think I would make bread wit hit, but I never did. Saving it for a smoothie the next day or for lunch is a much better idea. Thank you for this!

    Marjorie

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  8. andrea

    Hi Barbara,

    I love the recommendation to put the pulp in a smoothie. The simplest things are sometimes the hardest to see!! Thank you as always.
    peace,
    Andrea

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    1. Barbara

      The first time I did it I was amazed at how great it made the smoothie taste AND how much more satisfying it was. I wasn’t hungry for hours afterwards. All that excellent fiber made a huge difference in satiety.
      Thanks for your comment Andrea!

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  9. Lynn Nevins

    Hi Barbara. I am just curious what your thoughts are on juices made from blenders (where you also get the pulp) as opposed to juices made from juicing machines (which extract the pulp). I recently bought a Vitamix blender and now make all kinds of juice and veggie drinks and absolutely love it! I also know that blenders are considered easier to clean than juicers. So what would you say to those who prefer to go the blender route? Do you see any pros or cons to the actual drinks that are produced from a blender vs. from a juicer? Thanks!

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    1. Barbara

      Hey Lynn! Yes, if you are up for Vita-Mixing it all and having it that way, it can actually be better because you get all that excellent fiber and can save a lot on the produce because a little will go a long way! So stay with it! For some people, all of that fiber might be too much, but if you find it works well for you, then go for it~
      Hope all is well with you! B

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  10. Kenneth Porter

    Hi Barbara – I follow your tips and am appreciating them (and sending you folks when I can). Recently started a big push to eat alkaline. So – if price were no object, can you recommend what you think is the best juicer? Thanks. Love – Ken

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    1. Barbara

      So good to hear from you Ken! Great to hear you continue to take great care of your health~
      The best juicers, I believe, are the masticating juicers, so either GreenStar or Champion. They’re pricey but they last a long time~
      Hope all is well with you! B

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