Drinking freshly pressed juices has become one of the most efficient ways of getting the nutrients our body needs. As most of us already know, juicing offers a multitude of health benefits such as better sleep, stronger bones, lesser stress, improved digestion, and many more.
Nowadays, this relatively new phenomenon has become greatly popular. In fact, according to Google’s statistics, people’s interest in juicing and juicers reached its peaked in January 2013.
If you’re one of those who just joined the fresh juice craze, take a look at these reminders to avoid the common mistakes first-time juicers make.
1. Don’t mix too many high sugar fruits
Juicing is one of the fastest way of getting the proper nutrients for our body as the goods go directly into the bloodstream. However, this means that sugar is on the loose as well. While freshly made fruit juices can be very tasty, combining high-sugar fruits will pump a lot of sugar into your system. The key is moderation.
2. Put plenty of greens, add fruit for flavor
If you’re not sure what to mix, better stick to this principle. Instead of combining fruits and throwing in a few greens, do it the other way around. Toss high-water, low-sugar veggies like celery and cucumber first before adding lemon. You can check the Internet for great ideas on mixing fruits and veggies that give high-nutrient results.
3. Choose the right equipment
It is very important to use the correct juicing equipment. Many novice juicers think that using a blender for juicing is fine, but eventually get frustrated with the results. You see, blenders work differently from how cold press juicers work. Blenders result in veggie paste instead of freshly squeezed juice. Read juicer reviews to find the juicer that suits your needs.
4. Limit the ingredients
When you experiment, go easy on the combos. Limit your juice to 3 main ingredients the most. This way, you’ll get to manage the juice’s sugar level, as well as preserve great flavor. Adding too much ingredients would make the juice taste strange and confusing.
5. You should still eat solid food
While fresh juices can add to your overall nutrient intake, don’t assume that juicing your greens is enough. Liquefying your entire diet can do much harm if not properly done. If you do want to try a temporary juice diet, you should first consult a certified nutritionist or expert. He will help you lay out a plan that will make you get all the vitamins and minerals your body requires.
6. Cleaning it up isn’t that bad
Yes, juicers may need a little maintenance. You generally need to wash all the pieces after every use, unless you want to deal with the sticky and cakey bits after. Cleaning it is easy though, as its only less than ten minutes! Some juicers are also dishwasher friendly, so you can just run it through the dishwasher if you’re short on time.
7. You can have numerous variations
You might think that drinking fresh juice isn’t exciting; but I tell you, juicing can never be boring. There are countless possible combinations you can try. For flavorful variety, try to experiment on an assortment of fruits and vegetables.