What Juicer to buy?
It is always said – “the one you have is the best one”. It’s better to use what you have then nothing at all. Purchase what you can afford, but I strongly advise to save up and get a good quality one. You will save time, energy and money in the long-term. Better quality will give better tasting and longer lasting beverages. For juicing, you will make more juice out of your with a high quality juicer. Therefore, saving money in the long run.
There are 2 types of juicers. Masticating (cold press) and Centrifugal. They are both great and both have advantages. I’ll explain what they are and tell you what to buy.
This type of juicer uses a blade. It spins very fast cutting and separating most of the pulp from the juice through very tiny holes in the blade.
- Generally Centrifugal juicers are cheaper.
- Very easy to use.
- Juices very fast meaning less time required to prepare.
- Less juice. Often pulp is wet with juice left in it…
- The blades may produce heat that lessens the quality of the juice.
- Does not extract the juice from leafy greens as well.
- Juice separates with foam on top.
Masticating (Cold pressed)
This type of juicer is run at a lower speed and compresses or squeezes out the juice from food.
- Produces more juice, saving money.
- It runs at a slow speed which produces little heat so the juice is a better quality juice.
- Extracts juice from leafy greens very well.
- Little to no separation of juice and foam. A solid, good quality juice is made.
- Most expensive..
- Takes longer to juice. More preparation.
As you can see masticating juicers are in most ways superior. However, it is all in the initial cost. They are quite a bit more money. When it comes to our health I think it is worth it and you will get your money back with what you save in produce cost.
Look for a juicer that is..
- Masticating (cold press)
- Good quality juice that produces little separation and dry pulp.
- Easy to use.
- Easy to clean.
- Able to make nut milks is always great.
- Juice keeps for 2-3 days.
My top picks are….
Again… Any Juicer or Blender that you have is better than not having one at all. That should cover most of the basics. If you have further questions please let me know.
* Ingredients do not have to be exact. They are a guide to get you started. Have fun and Enjoy!!
Green Juices are the powerhouse of nutrition! It is very popular today and it should be. We get such a huge boost of nutrients in one easy glass! Kale alone has over 40 different flavonoid antioxidants that are fighting free radicals (damaged blood cells and vessels). Celery and cucumber act as diuretics cleaning out our organs. Ginger is a great Anti-inflammatory, Anti-bacterial and Anti-Fungal.. A drink low in calories. The green juice is sure to nourish and cleanse your cells.
Vitamins- K, A, C, E. Also a host of B complex vitamins such as- B1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9.. Minerals- Manganese, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Iron, Selenium and more!! Also full of much-needed enzymes and electrolytes.
Can help with:
- Alkalizing the body
- Blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Poor circulation
- Viral and bacterial infections
- Immune deficiencies
- Cholesterol to name a few…
- 1/2 a large cucumber
- 2 large celery sticks
- 1-2 handfuls of your choice of greens (spinach or kale)
- 2-3″ of broccoli stem
- 1″ of ginger root
- 1/2 of a lime or lemon
- 2 apples (Granny Smith or Golden Delicious)
*If it’s to “strong” for you than add 1/4 of a Pineapple. Once you get a handle on things then add larger amounts. (ie: 3 handfuls of kale.. 1 whole cucumber.. A few inches of ginger root). Experiment and find out!
Try to find local or organic fresh produce as much as possible. Rinse well and cut up ingredients according to the size of your juicers shoot. I like to peel the limes and lemons. Leave the white pith on as much as possible. Then Juice and serve!
Carrot juice is probably our favorite! It is so good. And so good for us. Carrots are abundant in Beta-Carotene (vitA). Vitamin A is great for many things! One is boosting the immune system with aiding in the creation of white blood cells. This will also help infections and prevents cell damage. Carrots have anti-oxidant carotenoids that kill off toxins. Pineapple also adds a digestive enzyme bromelain which helps clean out the lining of our bowels!
Vitamins- C, K, D, E, B1,6 and 7. Minerals- Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and more!
Can help with:
- Hair, skin and EYE health
- Strengthening the immune system
- Fighting off toxins such as free radicals
- 8 Carrots
- 1-2″ of ginger root
- 1/4 of a good size pineapple
- 1 apple (Granny Smith or Golden delicious)
*Increase the amount of carrots to 10+ and decrease the amount of pineapple as you get accustomed to it. It is really good to add 1/2 a lime or lemon for extra zest!
Try to buy fresh local organic produce if possible. Rinse the dirt off of everything. If your unsure how clean carrots are then it’s best to peel them. Cut the skin off the pineapple. Prepare everything to fit in your shoot size and juice away!!
Beet juice. The colour and shape of the beet gives it away. Packed full of goodness. Beets contain high amounts of nitrate which the body converts into nitric-oxide. This can improve blood circulation and in-turn will decrease blood pressure and increase energy levels! It is also full of Betaine which is an amino acid. It helps process fats in the liver while cleaning it out. This aids protein formation and the heart with its workload. Beets would be perfect for anyone who wants more stamina in athletics or just lots of energy with a good heart.
Vitamins – A, B1, 2, 6, Folate (B9), C. Minerals – Phosphorus, Iron, Manganese, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Sodium and more!
Can help with:
- Supporting cardiovascular health
- Lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good)
- Lowering blood pressure
- Increases energy
- 2 Good size beets or 3-4 small ones.
- 1/4 of a pineapple
- 1/2 of a lime
- 1 apple
*Add an inch or two of ginger for extra goodness! Decrease or take out the pineapple and just add a whole lime or lemon as you get used to it.
Try to buy good size beets to yield more juice. Always fresh and local from a farm you know or organic from the supermarket in the winter. Clean well or peel off the outer layer of the beets. Cut the skin off the pineapple and lime. Rinse the apple and slice the ingredients in sizes to fit down your shoot. Then Juice and serve!!
Smoothie recipe link HERE.