Juicing 101

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When I started jucing, I really kept it simple and fruity. I loved making fresh orange, pineapple, watermelon or apple juices. My first few juice feasts were done simply drinking citrus juicees (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime) and I loved the way they made me feel. They are usually higher calorie fasts, so you can continue your day-to-day with no effect other than some detox. Then I got a masticating juicer and the real fun began!

For the first green juices, I used the same recipe pretty much every time, which gets boring after a few months. Exeprimenting and keeping it varied are really the whole fun in making green juices. This is generally the types or ingredients your going to throw into your juicer to make one:

1. Sweet fruit: generally apple, but you can also use citrus, pineapple, mango, pears.
2. Greens! Kale, collards, spinach, chard, romaine lettuce, dandelion greens, wheatgrass...
3. Vegetables: Celery, cucumber, carrots, beets, tomatoes...
4. Non-sweetener fruit: berries,  cranberries, lemons, limes.
5. Herbs: Ginger, parsley, cilantro, fresh turmeric.

Now you don't want to mix too many things in that taste very strong. As an example: in my opinion, parsley and cilantro together make for a very strong combination. It's best to use one of them per recipe unless you are looking for a very green intensenly herbal taste. 

My basic combination would be lemon, ginger, kale, spinach, celery, cucumber and apple. The ratios between them are going to be down to your personal taste. Start with more apple and maybe some pineapple to get used to it, then add in more greens and vegetables to boost the mineral and vitamin content.

When I do a juice fast, I always vary my juices to get a wide spectrum. When you're making your everyday juice, just start with something you are going to enjoy and you'll find yourself wanting it more and more green! I like to keep my fruit whole for the most part, the fiber is really important for optimal digestion. The only exception here is citrus since most of the pulp goess with the juice.