Juicing 101

I don’t drink store bought fruit juice since I started my weight loss journey. I make my own juice with a juicer at home. The reason for this is that I can choose what fruit and vegetables I put into the juice, and I can control the calorie content and sugar of my juice. Store bought fruit juices are filled with sugar and high in liquid calories.

One way to increase you daily nutrient intake is to use more green vegetables in your juice. Bear in mind that juicing takes out the fibre content of the fruit or vegetables, and you need a high fibre diet to promote weight loss. So you still need to keep eating fruit and vegetables in addition to juicing. I mainly use juicing as a daily nutritional boost, but its also great as an alternative beverage when you get tired of water and herbal tea or coffee.

Types of juicers

If you are brand new to juicing, you need know that there are two types of juicers:

  1. Centrifugal juicer
  2. Masticating juicer

The simple difference between the two is that centrifugal juicer cuts the fruit with a blade and masticating juicers (cold-press) squeeze the fruit or vegetables. If you want to juice spinach, parsley, garlic for example, you need a masticating juicer because it will squeeze and extract the juice from the leaves and every little part. It really is fantastic. A centrifugal juicer will not be able to do this. It is best for big juicy fruit like oranges and lemons. The centrifugal juicer has a blade that generates heat which destroys enzymes and oxidises nutrients, so it is not as nutrient dense as using a masticating juicer. From a price point, a centrifugal juicer is cheaper and usually this is why people buy it for making juice at home.

I personally use a Kuvings whole slow juicer. Its a masticating juicer and I have been using it for years, with no issues at all. I love it. I can juice parsley, mint, garlic, ginger, chilli’s easily. Its easy to keep clean and put together. I also have a Kenwood centrifugal juicer, which I use for orange juice; but to be honest, once you have a masticating juicer, then you lose interest in the centrifugal one because it seems so limited. Take a look at the Kuvings website for more information and feel free to shop the juicer below.

 

 

Tips for the newbie juicer

 

  1. Rinse your juicer immediately after making the juice, This is super important. It takes just a few minutes to do a quick rinse and clean. Beware if you don’t; the fruit or vegetable pulp will get sticky and get in all the little grooves on the machine and it will be a nightmare to clean; and you will really regret not doing one the quick rinse earlier. Trust me. Its just not worth it.
  2. Prepare your fruit and vegetables by cutting it up in medium size blocks (about 3cm x 3cm)  so that its easier to put into the juicer. I think it it extracts more juice than if you put bigger pieces in.
  3. Make sure your fruit and vegetables are room temperature. If its room temperature then the juicer will extract more juice. This is my experience. I have tried cold fruit from the fridge but I find its better and I get more juice when the fruit and vegetables are warmer.
  4. If you are not going to drink the juice immediately then cover it tightly and put in the refrigerator as soon as you can, to prevent oxidation. Remember there are no preservatives, so the juice will separate and change colour. Its best to make the amount of juice that you want to drink for that time or at least that day.

The Best Green Juice recipe

 

My favourite green juice recipe is so wonderfully refreshing in the morning. To be honest, I have even made this juice at night because I love it so much. I add Green Vibrance and protein powder for extra vitamins and collagen. You get more details on this Nocked Life instagram post.

Ingredients:

2 green apples

2 handfuls of baby spinach

a handful of mint

half a lemon

half a cucumber

Just cut it all up and into the juicer. After a few minutes you will be enjoying a tasty, refreshing, low calorie, nutrient-dense, home-made beverage. Enjoy!

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Siham Arieff
Siham Arieff

Siham is a wellness writer, stroke survivor, mom of 3 and coffee lover on a health and fitness journey who recently relocated back home to Cape Town, South Africa.

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