Juicers

Starkiller87 Starkiller87
This is something Ive been looking into for a while after having a drink from a health food store that had a small kitchen. The drink was a green made of spinach, kelp, limes, and a few other things, it was really yummy.

Does anyone make there own drinks using a juicer? If so what juicer do you have, and what do you like to make? (Along with added health benefits for the drink)
08/24/2011
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potstickers potstickers
I don't have a juicer, but I make fruit smoothies using a knock-off Magic Bullet.

Usually I add some combination of peaches, apples, strawberries, pineapples, and other berries.
08/24/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by potstickers
I don't have a juicer, but I make fruit smoothies using a knock-off Magic Bullet.

Usually I add some combination of peaches, apples, strawberries, pineapples, and other berries.
I love smoothies!!! My boyfriend and i lived off them in college, lol. They are so easy to make, and trying new combos is really fun.
08/24/2011
mizzmilla mizzmilla
I have a kitchen-aid juicer and magic bullet. I love the magic bullet! And the baby bullet, it's just cute.
08/24/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
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Originally posted by mizzmilla
I have a kitchen-aid juicer and magic bullet. I love the magic bullet! And the baby bullet, it's just cute.
What do you make with it?
08/24/2011
wetone123 wetone123
I make a smoothie that is made for health and weight loss. It contains a product called Super Seed by Garden of Life that I get at the local health food store. It costs $20 for 30 servings. I start out by using aloe vera juice (already made) that I get at Sams or walmart. Then I add lots of fruit: banana ( cut into 1" slices and use instead of ice cubes ), cherries, coconut (which I shell myself;use the juice from it as well;freeze left over for your next few drinks) granny smith apples, pear. Any fruits will do, but these are my favorites. Mix in blender until smooth. Add Super Seed. You've got yourself an extra large smoothie that will keep you full all day!
08/25/2011
wetone123 wetone123
As for juicing- I have a Jack Lalane juicer which I don't use much, but should. Juicing is very healthy. You generally can squeeze the juice out of any fruit or veggie and drink it. The live raw enzymes from the fruit and veggies keep you healthy and are supposed to fight the aging process. You could make your own V8 juice or any type of fruit juice you like.
08/25/2011
wetone123 wetone123
Lesson 1: Use pesticide free veggies.

It is wise to choose organic whenever possible. However, some vegetables are worse than others. Below are the vegetables that are the most pesticide loaded ones according to the Environmental Working Group.

So it would be wise to only purchase these vegetables if they are organically grown. The worst ones are listed first.

Celery
Spinach
Kale
Collard Greens
Lettuce
Carrots
Cucumber (not as bad if you peel the skin)

Lesson 2: Get ready to juice!

Please note that the order listed below is only intended for those that are new to juicing so you do have a pleasant experience with it. However, if you use ¼ to ½ lemon or lime to the juice you can start experimenting with the more bitter greens early on as the lemon and lime effectively counter their bitterness.

Please note it would be FAR better to use lemon or limes than carrots, beets or apples, which have far more fructose than lemons or limes.

Step 1: If you are new to juicing. I recommend starting out with these vegetables, as they are the easiest to digest and tolerate:

Celery
Fennel (anise)
Cucumbers

These three aren't as nutrient dense as the dark green vegetables. Once you get used to the 3 vegetables listed above, you can start adding the more nutritionally valuable, but less palatable, vegetables into your juice.

Step 2: When you've acclimatized yourself to juicing, you can start adding these vegetables:

Red leaf lettuce
Green Leaf lettuce
Romaine lettuce
Endive
Escarole
Spinach

Step 3: After you're used to these, then go to the next step:

Cabbage
Chinese Cabbage
Bok Choy

An interesting side note: Cabbage juice is one of the most healing nutrients for ulcer repair as it is a huge source of vitamin U.

Step 4: When you're ready, move on to adding herbs to your juicing. Herbs also make wonderful combinations, and here are two that work exceptionally well:

Parsley
Cilantro
You need to be cautious with cilantro, as many cannot tolerate it well. If you are new to juicing, hold off on the cilantro. These are more challenging to consume, but they are highly beneficial.

Step 5: The last step: Only use one or two of these leaves, as they are very bitter:

Kale
Collard Greens
Dandelion Greens
Mustard Greens (bitter)
When purchasing collard greens, find a store that sells the leaves still attached to the main stalk. If they are cut off, the vegetable rapidly loses many of its valuable nutrients.

Lesson 3: Make your juice taste great.

If you would like to make your juice taste a bit more palatable, especially in the beginning, you can add these elements:

Lemons and Limes: You can also add a quarter to half a lemon a lime (leaving much of the white rind on).

Cranberries: You can also add some cranberries if you enjoy them. Researchers have discovered that cranberries have five times the antioxidant content of broccoli, which means they may protect against cancer, stroke and heart disease. In addition, they are chock-full of phytonutrients, and can help women avoid urinary tract infections. Limit the cranberries to about 4 ounces per pint of juice.

Fresh ginger: This is an excellent addition if you can tolerate it. It gives your juice a little "kick"! And, as an added boon, researchers have found that ginger can have dramatic effects on cardiovascular health, including preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL).

Lesson 4: Drink your vegetable juice right away, or store it very carefully.

Juicing is a time-consuming process, so you'll probably be thinking to yourself, "I wonder if I can juice first thing in the morning, and then drink it later?" This is not a good idea. Vegetable juice is HIGHLY perishable so it's best to drink all of your juice immediately.

However, if you're careful, you can store it for up to 24 hours with only moderate nutritional decline. This is really helpful if you are bringing your juice to work with you so you can consume it during the day.

How to store your juice:

Put your juice in a glass jar with an airtight lid and fill it to the very top. There should be a minimum amount of air in the jar as the oxygen in air (air is about 20 percent oxygen) will "oxidize" and damage the juice.
Purchase a food vacuum pump like Food Saver with an Ball jar attachment. You can pour your juice into a pint jar and put the lid on and use the Food Saver to suck out the air in the jar to vacuum pack it. This will remove most of the oxygen that will damage the juice.
Immediately store it in the fridge and consume it when you are ready. It is best to drink it as soon as possible and in any case within 24 hours of juicing.
Most people juice in the morning, but if that does not work out well for your schedule, please feel free to choose whatever meal works best for your lifestyle.
09/03/2011
Antipova Antipova
I had a friend with a juicer, and he'd often make me beet + apple juices (we met in the fall, so that's what was on hand). They were delicious.
09/03/2011
emiliaa emiliaa
I do. It's pretty good but my mom always uses it and never cleans it, so it gets gross. >.< The juice we make most of the time is delicious though. Great way to be healthy.
09/03/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
Quote:
Originally posted by wetone123
Lesson 1: Use pesticide free veggies.

It is wise to choose organic whenever possible. However, some vegetables are worse than others. Below are the vegetables that are the most pesticide loaded ones according to the Environmental Working ... More
Thanks a lot. I usually buy organic veggies and fruits just to make sure I dont get pesticides and such. I rather pay the few extra dollars.
09/03/2011
Rory Rory
I drink my juice from a container. My husband makes strange concoctions using the blender. He says there health but I wouldn't drink them.
12/15/2012
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