How to Juice

Three Methods:Selecting Items to JuiceJuicing Using a Juicing Machine or BlenderPopular Juicing Recipes

Fruit and vegetable juice are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Adding fresh juice to your daily diet give you extra energy, makes your skin and hair look vibrant, and provides all the benefits of eating a lot of fruit and vegetables in one convenient dose. It's better to make your own juice than buy it bottled, since bottled juice loses its nutritional potency over time. Read on to learn how to make your own juice with or without a juicer.

Method 1
Selecting Items to Juice

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    Think beyond apples. You're probably used to seeing the same types of juice on the shelf in the grocery store: apple, grape, orange, and cranberry. These may be the most popular types of bottled juice, but pretty much any fruit is a good candidate for juicing.
    • Consider juicing kiwis, strawberries, pomegranates, mangoes, papayas, apricots, plums, peaches, and so on. Don't let the presence of seeds deter you; all solid material will be separated from the juice.
    • Choose fruit that's in season in your area. Fruit that is naturally in season, rather than grown hydroponically or on another continent, is healthier for you. It's full of more vitamins and typically has better flavor. Shopping at the farmer's market is a good way to find fresh, in-season fruit grown locally.
    • Choose organic fruit. When you juice fruit that was sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals, you're taking those chemicals into your body along with the juice. Go for organic fruit at your farmer's market or in the organic produce section of your grocery store.
    • Bananas tend to clog juicers, so try using other fruits instead.[1]
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    Get creative with vegetables. For many people, vegetables, not fruit, are the foundation of their daily juicing experience. Vegetables are low in sugar, so their juice doesn't raise your blood sugar and potentially contribute to weight gain the way fruit juice does. Any vegetable you can eat raw can also be consumed as juice.
    • Even if you wouldn't normally enjoy eating a vegetable, you might appreciate it more in the form of juice. Vegetable juice often has a subtle flavor different from the flavor of a whole vegetable. Try spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens.
    • Juicing a combination of vegetables with fruit produces a sweet drink that doesn't taste at all like vegetables. Some vegetables, like carrots and red peppers, have a natural sweetness that's pleasant as well.
    • Don't juice a vegetable you wouldn't be able to eat raw. Potatoes, squash, and other vegetables that have to be cooked aren't good candidates for juicing.
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    Add herbs, seeds and nuts to the mix. Including herbs in the juice creates interesting layers of flavor and provides an additional burst of nutrition. The moisture in seeds and nuts gets converted to a milk-like substance when the fiber is removed, resulting in a richer, creamier juice that's more filling.
    • Consider adding a fresh flavor to your juice by incorporating mint, lemon balm, or rosemary. If you can make it into tea, you can make it into juice. Just make sure you use fresh herbs, since dried herbs don't contain the moisture you need to make juice.
    • Wheatgrass is popular with many juice enthusiasts. Be careful with this, though, because the straw-like texture of wheatgrass clogs many conventional juicing machines.
    • Cashews, almonds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and many other seeds and nuts are good choices for juicing. Use nuts and seeds that have been shelled.

Method 2
Juicing Using a Juicing Machine or Blender

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    Prepare the produce for juicing. Begin by thoroughly washing the item you intend to juice. Next remove parts of the item that are too coarse or stiff for the juicer or blender you are using. Most juicers come with instructions regarding different types of produce. Unless you have a top-of-the line, heavy duty juicer, you'll probably need to prepare items in this way so your juicer doesn't get clogged:
    • Peel citrus fruits. Thick orange and grapefruit peels don't do well in most juicers, and they'll almost definitely stall a blender.
    • Core apples.[2]
    • Remove pits from stone fruits like peaches, plums and mangoes.
    • Remove tough skin from items like pineapples and cantaloupes.
    • Remove shells from nuts.
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    Chop the produce into pieces. Most juicers require that the fruit and vegetables you're using be cut into smaller pieces, so they'll fit into the juicer. Follow the instructions that came with your juicer to determine how small to cut up the produce. If you're using a blender, cut the produce into 1 - 2 chunks.
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    Process the produce in your juicing machine. Place the produce in your juicing machine and follow the manufacturer's instructions for turning it on to make juice. Be sure not to fill the machine with more fruit and vegetables than it can handle. The juice will collect in a separate compartment from the fiber.
    • Discard the fiber when you're finished juicing.
    • When the juice and fruit has time to dry in the juicer, it can be difficult to clean. It's best to wash the juicer within an hour or so of using it, so it'll be ready for your next juicing session.
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    If you don't have a juicer, process the produce in your blender. Blend the chunks of produce well, until the mixture is as smooth and lump-free as possible. Place an fine-mesh strainer or a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl. Pour the mixture into the strainer so that the fiber is separated from the juice, which will drip into the bowl. Discard the fiber and drink the juice.
    • You can add a little water to the blender if the mixture seems thick and difficult to blend.
    • If you're blending nuts into the juice, blend those first with some water, then add the other ingredients and keep blending.
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    Enjoy your juice. Either drink it immediately or store it in the refrigerator for a few days. Remember that fresh juice has the best nutritional benefits, so if possible, make more juice daily. In addition to drinking your juice, you can use it to make sorbet or popsicles, or as a base for soup.[3]

Method 3
Popular Juicing Recipes

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    Green power juice. This is a good everyday recipe that promotes energy and good health. It includes nutritious green vegetables that produce a bright green, beautiful juice.[4] The added fruit sweetens the juice a bit so you can hardly taste the vegetables. Juice these items:
    • 1 medium cucumber
    • 1/2 bunch kale
    • 1 pear, cored
    • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
    • 3 celery stalks
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    Tropical fruit juice. This juice is a wonderfully sweet combination of mangoes and other tropical fruits mixed with carrots.[5] It has a high amount of vitamin A, essential to skin and eye health. Here's what you need:
    • 1 orange, peeled
    • 1 mango, peeled with pit removed
    • 1 wedge of pineapple, peeled
    • 4 strawberries
    • 2 carrots
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    Berry beet juice. This bright red juice is a great candidate to convert into a popsicle or sorbet. It has a beautiful red hue and highlights the fresh, summertime taste of berries with a hint of healthful beets. Juice these ingredients:
    • 2 cups of strawberries
    • 2 cups of raspberries
    • 1 beet, peeled


  • Eat and use organic and local as much as possible but also use fruits and vegetables that are in season. Not only is this cheaper also these foods are more likely to contain more phytonutrients which are crucial when living a healthy life.

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