Author: Elsie Larson,Drinks,Food,Fresh Juice,Healthy,Veggie Based,

Juicing 101 Hey friends! A couple years ago I bought my first juicer. Before that I had been an big fan of all the green juices you can buy at coffee shops and grocery stores. But oh man, my juicer converted me quickly. Homemade juice is a million times more delicious! It's incredible. 

Today I put together a few of my favorite juicing tips and solutions. Juicing 101  The Juicer/

There's a juicer for every almost budget. If you don't have one yet and aren't ready to take the plunge I suggest healthy smoothies instead. If you're in the market for a juicer I suggest reading up on them and learning from people who have the one you want.

With that said, here's a little about the juicers I've tried: My first one was this Cuisinart juicer. It's inexpensive for a juicer, but pretty powerful and I got a lot of wear out of it. It's pretty hard to clean and a little dangerous because of the sharp blades. The juicer I'm using now is the Krups Infinity Slow Juicer. It's less powerful, but much safer to clean because the blade isn't really sharp (I know, it's weird!). It's also easier to clean. Both good juicers for someone like me. What do you guys use? 

The Produce/ 

The fruit and vegetables are the most important part of juicing. Here a few tips that work for me to reduce waste and make the healthiest juice possible! 

•When you shop for ingredients you'll need a base, these are fruits and vegetables that produce more liquid and add volume. Carrots, green apples, cucumbers and celery make great bases. After you have that you can also add things that add a lot of vitamins or color like leafy greens, beets and other fruits. Last, you might want to add something flavorful like herbs or spices. My favorite flavor additions are mint leaves and fresh ginger. 

• Have you heard of the dirty dozen? It's a list of the twelve most contaminated (with pesticides and herbicides) fruits and vegetables. These is is the list of produce you should always try to buy organic when possible. Peaches, Apples, Sweet Bell Peppers, Celery, Nectarines, Strawberries, Cherries, Pears, Imported Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce and Potatoes. Things that are safer to buy non-organic usually have a rind or peel like Oranges, Melons or Onions. 

• The more leafy green vegetables you can get into your juice the better! Green juice is an acquired taste just like coffee or wine. The first time you taste if you might think you'd rather drink poison, but the more you try it, the more you will like it. So if you're brand new to juicing you might want to add a lot of fruit to your juices, but over time you'll be able to enjoy it with less and less which reduces your sugar intake. Moral of the story: Don't feel bad adding lots of fruit to your fresh juice in the beginning, but keep challenging yourself by shifting the proportions over time! :)

• One thing I was surprised to learned was how many ingredients it takes to make a good glass of juice. It's kinda intense. You can see here I used everything on my counter top (above) to make the three little containers of juice you see (below). It can be a little expensive, but I think it's worth it. Now when we're traveling, and I buy fresh juice for the price of two lattes I never ever complain.Juicing 101   When you juice something that has a rind or peel you need to remove it before juicing. 

Juicing 101     When you juice something coarse and leafy like kale or collard greens, you need to remove the leafy part from the stem before juicing. 

Juicing 101      Storing Juice/ You can store juice in airtight containers in your refrigerator. Sadly, I've read over and over again that the best time to drink juice (for nutrition benefits) is immediately. Still, sometimes I make extra to use for a few days because it's so time consuming, and it still tastes great the next day. :) 

Recipes/ 

Above are three juices I love. The first one is an intense green juice (for that acquired taste I was talking about before!) It has a whole bunch of kale, half a batch of celery, two cucumbers, a lemon and a lime. It's intense, but awesome. The second juice is 10 carrots, 1 lemon, 2 apples and ginger to taste (I always use too much, and it's crazy spicy, but still really good!) The last juice is a refreshing morning juice. It's not as "green tasting" as it looks. It has 6 cucumbers, half a celery bunch, 3 apples and 2 limes. 

A few other combinations I love: fresh orange juice + ginger, green apple + collard greens + cucumber, pineapple + cucumber and pomegranate + pineapple + coconut milk. Juicing 101I'd love to hear about your juicing experiences too! I excited to learn more. xo. Elsie 

Credits // Author and Photography: Elsie Larson

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