I was super excited to receive my new cold-press juicer in the mail a few weeks ago. Sick and tired of all the sugary juices on the store shelves, with their ingredients of dubious origins, I was ready to make my own. And what fun it has been, especially from an experimental perspective because I really didn’t know what and how I should be juicing the different fruits and vegetables. I just popped whatever I thought would taste good together into the chute and tasted the results.
The truth is, juicing isn’t necessarily healthier for you than eating the fruits and vegetables whole. In fact, you miss out on a lot of the fiber when you juice them. I found that using the strainer that allows for more pulp didn’t result in an unpalatable juice at all. I’ve always liked pulp in juice so this is a great way to keep some of that fiber in there. You can always add some filtered water to thin it out.
The key to preserving the nutrients in the juice is the type of machine you use. Slow, masticating juicers keep an overall lower temperature than regular juicers so you don’t risk depleting the nutrients of the produce with heat. You also enjoy less foam and noise. They are, of course, much more expensive, but if you’re going to be juicing a lot then it’s worth the investment. I picked mine up for less than $400.
So what can you juice? Anything, as I learned on a weekend where we tried a juice fast. My husband loved it but I got too hungry by the end of the day. I find juice fasts to be fads that really aren’t necessary to enjoy the benefits of juicing so I’m not recommending those here. But we certainly enjoyed testing out the different fruits and vegetables. It’s going to take some practice to figure out which vegetables and herbs need to be used more sparingly so that the flavors don’t become overpowering. Ginger, for example, is wonderful in juice but too much can ruin a batch. Beets are also delicious but can overpower other flavors. Juicing leafy greens is very healthful but these really do need some fruit to even out the taste. Apples and cucumbers are wonderful, affordable additions to any juice.
Juicing can get expensive but I think it’s a nice way to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet. For a list of beneficial produce for those with MTHFR, see my linked post on the subject.
Do you juice? What’s your favorite concoction?