Are you interested in juicing for health but have no idea where to begin? Well, it’s really not hard. here are some tips and pointers to get you started with a healthy juicing habit:
- Decide what kind of juicer you want to buy. There’s a whole range of quality out there — from the el cheapo juicers you can pick up for $30 at a chain discount store to good mid-range juicers like the Power Juicer to extremely high-end masticating or triturating juicers that, in some cases, can cost as much as a stove or refrigerator. (Don’t know what masticating and triturating mean? Here’s a guide to the different types of juicers.)
- Get a good basic book on juicing. Do a search on Amazon, or go to your local book store, and just check out the books on juicing. Get one that’s fairly simple and will explain the hows and whys of juicing and, more importantly, give you some recipes. Eventually, you might want to experiment, but at first you’ll probably want recipes.
- Stick with tried and true recipes at first. Your juicing book probably will be full of recipes that use a lot of apples and carrots, with additions of other fruits or veggies in smaller amounts. This is because apples and carrots are naturally sweet, they taste good and they’re fairly easy to juice. Juicing newbies will want to stick with these recipes for a while before trying anything too unusual. (And definitely don’t overdo it on the ginger or garlic, or you could ruin your juice.)
- Don’t buy too much produce at first. If you get really into juicing, buying the produce can end up being very expensive, especially if you go organic. Since you won’t know how much you’ll actually go through at first, it’s a good idea to not go too crazy buying produce. You don’t want to feel pressured to go through 20 pounds of apples because you paid so much for them. So, start slowly and work your way up.
- Keep it enjoyable. Eventually you might get really into juicing and even decide to do a juice fast. But just have fun with juicing at first, and don’t take it too seriously. If you keep it fun, you might even get your kids (if you have them) begging to drink their fruits and vegetables.