After watching the film, HS decided that we needed to upgrade our juicer. We had the Jack La Lane juicer from Costco, which was fine for making the occasional orange juice, but definitely wasn't what we needed for the amount of juicing we had planned. We chose the Green Star Elite. It was pricey, but well worth the money.
This juicer is "high yield" which means you get more juice out of your fruits and veggies. It is also "low heat" which helps preserve the enzymes and vitamins (see below for a list of things that can potential degrade the nutrients in your juice).
|The Green Star Elite is also available from Costco|
1) Be prepared to make a mess. Don't worry, it's only juice :-)
This is a pic of the mess after I made my favorite beet juice (beets, green apple and red/black grapes). Proper preparation helps cut down on the mess, but I always have a little clean up afterwards.
|Beet juice is the worst!|
I like Snapple bottles. Once you peel off the label, use something like "Goof Off" to remove the glue. Wash the bottles with soap and water to remove the "Goof Off" and then boil the bottles and lids to sanitize.
3) Be Creative
You will be amazed at the amount of plant fiber left over after you juice. Some people freeze this to add to soups. I've used it before to make a sort of veggie muffins. Other people may want to compost this and add it to their garden.
|Usually I just toss this ;-)|
4) Only make enough for 2 days
When I do a juice cleanse, whether it's 3 days or 7 days, I only make enough juice for two days. Joe Cross's Reboot website states that juices should stored for "24-48 hours in the fridge (72 hours is maximum time suggested)".
Some nutrients are susceptible to being degraded or broken down by exposure to heat, light and air (oxygen).
Heat: Reduces many B vitamins, Vitamins C and E
Light: Lowers Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B1 (thiamin), B6, Folate, Vitamins A and E.
Oxygen: Degrades Vitamins C, A, E, K and many B vitamins
Freezing: Reduces Vitamin C, Potassium, Copper
I don't look at juicing as a diet or some sort of punishment. There are plenty of calories in a bottle that you aren't starving your body. I think of it as liquid vitamins!
|Post run refresher|