New to Juicing?

1 Why Start Juicing?

After starting juicing I started to loose some serious weight, I also had better focus and more zest for life. Friends, family and workmates started inquiring about how I was achieving such quick results and seemingly enjoying it at the same time.

It is because of this I decided to create a community where you can connect with others with a similar mindset whether its during a juice fast or in everyday healthy eating.

 Why Start?

Jason Vale openly talks about his evangelical like passion for juicing and if you watch some of his documentaries you will see why.

My epiphany occurred when I was bored one night and scrolling through Netflix documentaries and came across Joe Crosss Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. It was an eye  opener and being impulsive I immediately bought a juicer.

I can only give my personal evidence of why you should start juicing as far as the health benefits. But there is a growing worldwide juice enthusiasm with plenty of first hand testimonials and with it mountains of other evidence from scientific research studies, documentaries.

For me I lost 14kg or 30 pounds over a 6 week period that had 15 days of juicing 3 weeks of 2-90-20 and another 7 days juicing. I have completely stopped taking any asthma medication and allergy pills. I have also not had a headache since the day I started my juice fast. I have a new found energy in my normal life and have seen those around me adopt juicing into there own lives with great health benefits.

I also had the energy to build this site because of my passion for juicing!

2 How to start

Juicing Machine and Juicing Equipment

To begin your juicing journey, you’ll need a juicer, one that will process both fruits, vegetables and greens without missing a beat. You cant go wrong by Investing in a good-quality juicer but there are plenty of cheaper options for beginners.

Types of Juicers

Centrifugal juicers

Centrifugal means moving or directed away from a center or axis.

A centrifugal juicer is the most common type of juicer you see in stores and on TV. A centrifugal juicer spins at high speeds and during the spinning motion, the vegetables that you have shoved down the chute are ground to a pulp. The spinning motion then forces the juice away from the pulp. The juice then pours into a bowl.

Masticating juicers
Masticating juicers

Your teeth are an excellent example of mastication in action. Your teeth chew and grind food. After you swallow, the food then goes to your digestive system which, through the process of digestion, begins to extract the juice from the food you eat.

Much in the same way, a masticating juicer grinds vegetables and literally squishes out the juice. Since a masticating juicer works at low speeds and with no spinning action, it tends to juice many vegetables more efficiently.

Which one to buy?

Cheaper, centrifugal juicers introduce heat and oxygen and destroy some nutrients in your fruits and vegetables. You should look to buy something that does the job well and will last a few years without breaking the bank.

My recommendation would be to select The Breville Juice Fountain Plus as an around quality, fast and efficient juicer that can shred whole kale, carrots, or apples in a fraction of a second and get about 80% of the nutrients in your glass. It costs around $220 bucks.

The alternative and what I currently own is a budget masticating juicer. Mine is a Kogan for $75 buck delivered and has done well to give me all the juice I need. There is more prep work required and it takes longer to juice. I will most likely get a juice fountain plus next!

You will need a large chopping board, small serrated knife and a large chef knife. The serrated knife is very good for cutting the peels off citrus fruits.

Juicing Tip 1. If you are using a masticating juicer you must cut your fibrous vegetables and stems into small chunks or deal with the pain of unclogging your juicer constantly. 

Juicing Tip 2. Wash your juicer right after using to prevent the formation of bad bacteria, mildew and other gross stuff. Give the washable parts a good soak when they start to get discoloured over time. 

Juicing Tip 3. Keep your juicer on your counter cleaned and ready to go, this will increase your usage. out of sight out of mind is very real.

Juicing Tip 4. Sort out your produce so it is stored accessible and ready to wash. For example cut the very bottom of a large celery head and then cut the stalks in half again so they will sit neatly into a produce tray. Ready to grab, wash and juice quickly. 

3 Organic vs non-organic produce

Organic Vs non-organic produce

Now weve got the juicer part out of the way what are we juicing? When selecting produce it is always good to get organic over conventional. However there are 12 items that should be organic, these are known as the dirty dozen. They are known as this because of the higher amounts of pesticides and other chemical they contain. See here for the Dirty Dozen.

It is better to juice with conventional than not to juice at all. If you are doing a juice fast and drinking large amounts of juice daily then at least go for the dirty dozen and give yourself some peace of mind.

Washing Your Produce

It is always a good to get all of your ingredients together and put them in a sing or tub filled with water. Use a plastic scourer that is reserved for scrubbing vegetables and run it over the skinned vegetables like apples and cucumbers. You can also use a veggie wash or make your own with one part vinegar to three parts distilled water.

Storing Your Produce

Start to prep your produce when you get home. Break down larger vegetables like celery heads into manageable pieces that fit into your fridges produce box. Use your space wisely and reserve fridge space for vegetables that need cooling, apples, oranges and beetroots for example can be stored near onions and potatoes in a dry rack. Get the produce easy to handle and ready to wash.

Juicing Tips 1. If money is an issue, seek out a local farmers market and or join a co-op. Produce is very fresh from the farmers, they are generally picked hours before hand. I often time find great bargains at the farmers market. A special tip, farms cut the price even lower when closing time approaches.

Juicing Tips 2. Buying produce in season is much affordable than out of season produce.

Juicing Tips 3. When selecting fresh produce, pick firm fruits, because soft fruits won’t juice well. Pick vibrant and crisp greens, avoid the wilted and yellowing ones.

Juicing Tips 4. Grow you own vegetables and fruits. If you’ll be juicing often, creating a small garden filled with greens and your favorite veggies to juice will save you tons of money in the long run. 

The Simple Green Smothie Recipe

I can’t emphasise enough how good this smoothie tastes and how good it is for you. This smoothie contains as many greens as a regular green juice but the goodness of blueberries, banana and oats. I recently added smoothies to my diet and this has become my champion. Make sure you have best blender to make this recipe.
Ingredients

  1. 1/2 Large Bunch Kale
  2. 4 Sticks Celery
  3. 1 Inch Ginger
  4. 1/2 Inch Turmeric
  5. 1/4 Cup oats
  6. 1 Large Banana
  7. 1 Teaspoon Honey
  8. 1 Cup Soy Milk
  9. 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries

Instructions

  1. Juice the greens separately in conventional juicer and pass through a fine strainer. Add green juice and other ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pass all through fine strainer again to remove blueberry, ginger and turmeric plulp and Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
331g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232
Calories from Fat 33
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 123mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 6g
26%
Sugars 20g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
20%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Fresh Vegetable Smoothies for Trimming Your Waistline

Fresh Vegetable Green Smoothies
Fresh Vegetable Green Smoothies

Many smoothies are fruit based or fruit and dairy based. While in the right combinations and proportions these kinds of smoothies can be very healthy for you, too many are high in fat and sugar content. Vegetable smoothies on the other hand, if prepared right, can be excellent tools in weight loss.

Most people’s diets are lacking in vegetables. A vegetable smoothie, even one that mixes fruits and veggies, is a perfect method for getting the vegetables you need in your daily diet. It can also be a beneficial method of getting dietary fiber as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals into your diet as well.

Combining Fruits and Vegetables

Many of the healthiest smoothie recipes are those that combine fruits and vegetables to give you a well balanced diet. Some of these recipes also include dairy and other sources of protein, like protein powder, soy milk, soy powder or soft tofu.

Individuals often find that fruit and veggie combo smoothies have a sweeter and more pleasant flavor while simultaneously delivering a healthy, waistline trimming meal. These kinds of smoothies are becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. They are tasty as well as good for you.

Vegetable Smoothie Recipes

Not all vegetable smoothies contain only veggies. Here’s a yummy combo recipe that is great in the fall and winter for providing a filling and hearty meal.

Apple, Carrot & Cucumber

You will need the following ingredients:

• 1 cup of all natural, no sugar added apple juice
• 1 cup of sliced sweet apple
• ¼ cup all natural, no sugar added apple sauce
• ½ cup sliced carrot
• ½ cup peeled and sliced cucumber
• 2  cups ice
• Pinch or cinnamon
• Dash of nutmeg

Combine all ingredients and mix in a blender until creamy. This smoothie is enjoyed warm, at room temperature or chilled. This recipe makes four, eight-ounce servings.

Many people are hesitant to try veggie smoothies because of they fear the greens or other vegetables in them will overwhelm the flavor of the beverage. There are some very scrumptious and healthy veggie/fruit smoothie combo recipes to consider trying. Here is one that makes a refreshing summer meal.

Kale and Fruit

You’ll need the following:

• 2 bananas
• 1 sweet apple
• 1 pear
• 1 cup of fresh, uncooked kale
• ½ cup water

Blend all ingredients until smooth and green. The pear and banana combination will mask the flavor of the kale, but you still get the nutritional benefits of vegetable smoothies in this uniquely delicious beverage. The recipe makes four, four-ounce servings of rich and creamy goodness.

Lose Weight with smoothies

Losing Weight with Vegetable Smoothies

The majority of smoothie recipes you’ll find are fruit and dairy based. Some use lots of fruit juices, which are high in sugar. These kinds of smoothies may be a sweet treat, but they aren’t really good for weight loss or for promoting an overall healthy diet. Vegetable smoothies are the way to go if you’re looking for healthy weight loss solutions.

If your diet is lacking in veggies or if you’re trying to lose weight and improve your overall health by eating a diet that is higher in fresh vegetables, a smoothie is a perfect way to get the veggies you need without having to pack your meals full of raw or cooked veggies. You can even combine fruits and vegetables in your smoothie recipes to get a sweet but healthy meal that is packed with essential vitamins and minerals as well as dietary fiber.

Mixing Up Your Ingredients

Most of the healthiest smoothie recipes combine fruits and vegetables to promote a well balanced diet. Many of these recipes also mix in other powerful ingredients like soy milk, low fat yogurt, silken tofu, or protein powder supplements.

Many people find that veggie smoothies that include fruit is the best way to get a flavorful, palatable drink that promotes weight loss and provides a healthy, balanced meal. The fruit and veggie smoothie combo is becoming more and more popular as more people discover the yummy taste and the health benefits of these scrumptious recipes.

To enjoy your smoothies, make sure you have a good blender or find out the best blender here: http://www.evakitchen.net/best-blender-smoothies-reviews-top-blender.html

Veggie Smoothie Recipes

Some vegetable smoothies are almost all vegetables. Others contain vegetables, fruits, and other ingredients. Here are a couple veggie/fruit combination smoothies to consider.

Tomato, Carrot and Apple

You will need the following ingredients:

• 2 cups chopped tomatoes
• ½ cup all natural, no sodium or sugar added, tomato juice
• ¼ cup all natural, no sugar added, pure apple juice
• ½ cup chopped carrots
• ¼ cup chopped celery
• 2 cups ice
• 1 tsp hot sauce or Tabasco sauce

Combine ingredients and blend until thick and creamy. This smoothie is best chilled or served at room temperature. The recipe makes eight, four-ounce servings.

Carrots and Yogurt

You’ll need the following:

• 12 ounces of fresh carrot juice, no sugar added
• 2 cups low sugar and low fat vanilla yogurt
• ½ peeled lime
• ½ cup chopped carrots
• 10 ice cubes

Blend ingredients to a smooth and creamy consistency. The recipe makes two, eight-ounce servings.

SO How to Use Right Size Smoothies for Weight Loss

Smoothies are an excellent weight loss tool, so it’s no surprise that there is an official weight loss product now available on the market called Right Size Smoothies. The company offers consumers the ability to use smoothies to replace one or two meals a day in order to reduce appetite and promote weight loss.

Flavors

There are several flavors of smoothies available in the official product line, including cappuccino, berry, cocoa, vanilla, almond, cherry, caramel, coconut, hazelnut, strawberry, raspberry, white chocolate, French vanilla, Irish crème, amaretto, and English toffee.

Ingredients

The Right Size product line contains just a few active ingredients. They include green tea extract, cinnamon and galangal. Appernine is the main ingredient listed on the product and is an appetite suppressant.

Benefits

These smoothies are only available for purchase directly from the manufacturer and must be purchased online. They are occasionally offered for sale at discount prices and can be purchased in bulk in order to save some money in the long run.

Potential Drawbacks and Cautions

There are no formal, independent studies that have been conducted on the products to prove pr disprove their potential weight loss benefits. The only source of product reviews come from consumers who have experienced weight loss successes using the Right Size product line.

There are no fat burning ingredients contained within these smoothies, which means that individuals who consume them will also be required to increase their activity level in order to see truly positive weight loss results.

The appetite suppressant present in these smoothies may help some people decrease their caloric intake initially; however, there is some concern that long-term use of the product as a meal replacer may result in improper, unbalanced, or otherwise unhealthy nutritional status for users.

Some people may experience jitters or nervous energy spikes as a result of the green tea extract contained within Right Size Smoothies.

Making Your Own Smoothies for Weight Loss

There is no reason that significant weight loss cannot be achieved on one’s own by making your own healthy smoothie recipes from scratch. There are plenty of healthy low-calorie, reduced fat, and lower sodium recipes to choose from. You can certainly use these as meal replacers during a weight loss or body cleansing regimen.

Some would argue that the fresh and homemade smoothies are better for you than any prepackaged weight loss product. It is also a less expensive route to make your own right size smoothies. The only thing that would be missing is an appetite suppressant, but some also argue that such chemicals are not healthy for you anyway.