Easy Tips for Juicing- guide and recipe
Juicing can increase your energy. As an older mom with a middle-schooler to raise, two businesses to run, and a family to feed, I place a premium on my energy level. When I started to find my energy lagging I looked for practical solutions to resolve this. I needed to find a way to pack my busy schedule with more power. Is it coffee you ask? Or more chocolate?
I have an easy solution to share with you that can enhance your life. With a small investment of forty dollars for the juicer, eighty dollars a month for the organic produce and about seven minutes every day you can increase your energy ten fold. So far, I have been making juices every day. The changes that I have seen are more energy, improvement with my vision, skin and I feel more full during the day. Good stuff,right?
Good habits falling by the wayside
I have had an on and off relationship with juicers and juicing. I owned a series of them, and then when they all broke, I changed my habit, and began buying my fresh juice from a local juice bar on the way to my Mulberry Street, N.Y.C. hat store. Because my store moved locations to Orchard Street, my life also changed. I stopped making that daily ritual of stopping at Lucky’s Juice Joint and having my energy enhancing juices.
Supporting good habits
This summer I was reviewing the changes that I needed to make when my daughter’s school year began. One goal was enhancing my health and energy level by adding a daily vegetable juice into my schedule. I needed to buy one, and so I chose the Hamilton Beech Juicer. I know that it is not the top of the line, but I picked it to satisfy the items on my list: affordable, check, easy to use, check, fast clean-up, check, not very big (I have a small New York City kitchen), check. My feeling was that I did not need to find the world’s best juicer, I just needed one that would work for me, so I can get used to the daily ritual.
Over time my needs might change from what they are today. In the past the inexpensive juicers that I bought lasted around one year. I think that is OK, as I may want to upgrade next year as I did with my vitamix blender, about which I am ecstatic!
If you want to dig deeper and arm yourself with more information, I want to suggest a fantastic resource. Andrew Cooper’s beautiful and easy to use book “Juice Manifesto” can help you with that. Inside there is detailed info about the ingredients, with their nutrition facts. He talks about the types of juicers you can choose, as well as showing helpful ways to be efficient with your process.
Even the kids are involved
I love his ideas on getting your children involved with making the juices. I am going to experiment with some of his home-made foods for kids, like banana bread stuffed with good quality ingredients, plus healthy ice creams and pops for kids that can be made from juices. I have started giving my daughter a freshly made organic apple juice when we get home from school. She loves it!
Hey man, we are diabetic!
Don’t worry, I didn’t forget you guys and gals. You have special needs and need a special juice. For the diabetics and pre-diabetics, or those who need to maintain a low glycemic profile I have created a special low sugar recipe called “One a day juice for diabetics”.
Easy Guide to Juicing-Mixed Veggie Juice
This is my easy go to veggie juice. You may be starting out with juicing and don’t know how to proceed. I want to take your hand and help you with that! If I have an extra seven minutes I make this juice. It makes my day run smoothly, with truckloads of energy. It is loaded with nutrients, pre-biotics, and vitamins for an energy packed life. Please use organic for all of your juicing. Thoroughly wash your vegetable under a running tap. To clean them, you can soak greens in water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Scrub veggies with a stiff veggie brush to get off all of the dirt.
1/2 organic red beet
1 handful organic greens- you can use any on hand such as beet tops, kale, lettuce, parsley collards, radish tops or swiss chard
1 organic apple or pear
2 organic carrots
Prep the veggies by cutting them into inch wide slices. You want them small enough to fit through the juicer mouth. I usually put all my vegetables in a big salad bowl so it is easy to use. When I am finished I use that to hold my juicer pieces for drying upon clean up. Run slices through your juicer. Drink the juice immediately as the longer you wait the more nutrients the juice will lose through exposure to air. Some people can feel queasy after veggie juice. If that is you, add water until you are able to drink the juice with minimum discomfort. Clean your juicer thoroughly using a veggie brush on the mesh part. You may need to run it through the dishwater once of twice a week to get it really clean. It is also useful to spray it with hydrogen peroxide, if you are concerned about bacteria.
Organic produce is more expensive then the sprayed kind. It is worth the money. Look for ways to save. You can check out a nearby farmer’s market and form a relationship. Farmers often compost or toss weird looking carrots, green tops and miscellaneous produce that is perfectly good for juicing. Some farmers will take less money for those things, or even give it to you if you are a regular customer. You could also speak with your local organic store and see if they have waste items that they would sell cheaply or give to you. If you belong to a CSA, you always have so much extra that juicing is very easy.