Frequently Asked Questions
What greens are easiest to juice?
For beginners it’s best to start with spinach, swiss chard and lettuce. You can find a variety of lettuces in the supermarket and or farmers market. Some varieties are romaine, red leaf, green leaf, cos, boston etc. Avoid iceberg lettuce, they lack nutrients.
What can I add to sweeten my juices?
Many options are available, apples, pears, citrus, pineapples, carrots, plums, berries kiwi, lemon, limes, stevia and more. When you are first starting out, feel free to add as much apples and pears to make it suitable to your taste. Over time your taste buds will adjust and you’ll find that you wont need to add a lot fruits. Diabetics should stick to low glycemic fruits like apples and pears to sweeten their juices.
How fast or slow can I consume my juice?
A general-rule when you make your juice is to drink it right away; when exposed to light and oxygen nutrients begin to oxidize. If you are not drinking it right away store in an airtight mason jar for later consumption.
Can I refrigerate, how long?
You can refrigerate your juices, just place them in an airtight mason jar. Juices made with a masticating juicer can last up 2-3 days. If made with centrifugal juicers drink within 24 hours.
Why is juicing better than store bought juice?
Store bought juices like Naked and Odwalla are owned by Coca Cola and Pepsi, they don’t know anything about health. But really these juices are pasteurized, heated to the point where all the minerals, vitamins and nutrients are gone. They are loaded questionable ingredients and they are very high in sugar. Drinking those juices will cause your blood sugar to spike and then followed with a crash. Fresh juices provide natural energy, vitamins, minerals, living enzymes, nutrients and more. You can read more on the benefits of juicing here.
What are the best juice combos?
Keep it simple. Start with a base of celery and or cucumber or coconut water. Select one type of leafy greens and sweeten with fruit. An example, cucumbers, apples and parsley. Very easy and refreshing.
Is juicing enough or should I eat something with it?
Depends on your body. If you find that you are hungry after drinking your juice, feel free to add a light meal after. You can combine your fresh juice with fruits or a large vegetable salad. Drink your juice first and follow with food 15-20 minutes after.
What juice do you suggest for those with diabetes?
Green juices are perfect for diabetics. You can drink pure vegetable juices or you can sweeten with low glycemic fruits like green apples, green pears, limes & lemons. Stevia is also a great addition for diabetics. Make sure to consult your doctor beforehand.
What can I do with leftover pulp?
There are many ways you can use leftover pulp. You can create delicious flax crackers, muffins, cakes especially with carrot pulp. Additionally you can compost your pulp.