A Simple Guide to Healthy Juicing

By Luke Jones. Connect with him on Twitter.


Juico Healthy Juicing

This article is the first in a two part series in partnership with Thrive Magazine and Juico.


I’m gonna start out right away by telling you that I’m no juicing expert.

No sir-ee!

I’m more someone who is a little juice-curious, probably a bit like you. Sure, I’ve played around with juicing in the past, done a couple of juice fasts and felt the benefits, but it’s not something I’ve ever delved into all that deeply.

I have however, done just enough to grasp the basics, and I kinda feel that’s all you really need. Anymore than that, and sometimes I think you risk over complicating things.

So today I thought I would share with you my simple two-step guide to healthy juicing.

No frills – just basic info that you can apply to your life to get the best out of your next juicing experience.


Step 1 – Pick The Right Juicer

If you wanna start juicing, it’s probably a good idea to invest in a juicer, and from my understanding, there are two main types. You’ve got your centrifugal juicers, and your slow juicers.

1. Centrifugal juicers are the most widely available. They produce juice by chopping the produce up and spinning it through a strainer basket. Or something like that…

Pros – they’re really quick and easy to use.

Cons – they tend to leave behind quite a bit of pulp, and can be a pain in the ass to clean, from my experience. Some say they also cause the juice to oxidise more quickly, but I don’t know how true that is…

2. Slow Juicers (or masticating juicers) are less commonly found, but are becoming more popular.

As opposed to a spinning disk, they work by crunching your ingredients down to a pulp via a single gear.

Pros – they generally produce more juice per ingredient, and because there’s no heat involved, the juice is less likely to oxidise, which may preserve the nutrient content.

Cons – as the name suggests, slow juicers are generally slower than centrifugal juicers, and a little more pricey.

As I said, I’m no expert juicer, so I’m not really qualified to comment on which is a better choice for you. It’s up to you to weigh up the pros and cons, and pick a juicer that meets your needs.

If you’re only going to make the odd juice now and again, a cheap centrifugal one might suffice. If you’re looking to use a juicer more long term though, it might be better to invest in a slow juicer.

If you do choose to go down that route, I recommend the Juico Uno one by a company called Juico (partly because they sent me it for free, but also because it’s a good little machine).

In all seriousness, I wouldn’t promote a product on here unless I believed in it. I have been using the Juico Uno for the past few weeks, and it’s been great. It’s a small machine that fits nicely in the kitchen cupboard, and it’s also easy to clean. You can check out the video of me unboxing it here.

There may well be better slow juicers out there, but I wouldn’t know because I haven’t tested them!

Anyways, if you want to get your hands on a Juico Uno Slow Juicer for a reduced rice (enter the code #THRIVEBLOG for 5% off), you can do so here*.

*No money for me, just discount for you*

Step 2 – The Winning Juice Formula

So once you have your juicer sorted, it’s time to get making some tasty juice.

I like to keep things simple, so I usually follow this basic formula, picking one or two ingredients from each section and adding them together.

Base + Greens + Purples + Extras = Winning juice

The Base

Carrots, Apples, Oranges, Celery, Courgettes, Cucumbers, Mangoes.

These are foods that generally have the highest amount of juice in them. They also happen to be some of the cheapest, which is nice.

The Greens

Spinach, Kale, Chard, Beetroot, Watercress.

Essential ingredients. They may not yield a whole load of juice, but there’s a shed load of goodness in what they do give out.

The Purples

Berries, Grapes, Beets.

Full of flavour, and packed with antioxidants and health promoting micronutrients.

The Extras

Turmeric, Garlic, Ginger, Lemon.

Some optional extras, just for that added health kick.

If you’re looking for some recipe ideas based on this formula, I’ll be posting a few over the next couple of weeks over on the Health Room YouTube Channel.

Bonus Tips!

Juicing really can be as simple as that if you want it to be. For an added bonus, here are a few other tips that may come in handy:

  • Dilute your juices with water to make them go further.
  • Sip slowly through a straw to protect your teeth and give your digestive system a good headstart.
  • Mix and match, go crazy, and find juices that work well for you.

And that’s really all there is to it…

The only thing that’s left for you to do is get out there and start juicing!

Do any of you guys have experience with juicing? If so, what tips would you add?


 

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Luke Jones
Luke Jones is a mover, blogger and wellness enthusiast. He spends his time exploring and sharing ideas in mindful movement, healthy living and adventure.

2 Responses to “A Simple Guide to Healthy Juicing

  • Thanks for the tips! I don’t always have the ingredients to make my favorite juice, so knowing how to make my own juice will allow me some room for experimentation. Getting the right base with fruits and vegetables seems like a great way to get the perfect juice. Out of the ingredients in the base category, I’m surprised that carrots made the cut. I didn’t know that they had so much juice, so I should remember to consider using carrots as a base, especially since I have them stocked in my fridge at all times.

    • No worries Deanna! Yeah surprisingly carrots are packed full of juice (plus they’re dirt cheap)! Happy juicing!

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