Juicing 101: 5 Tips for Tasty, Healthy Juice

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I love my juicer! I've had it for a few years and have learned much about tossing fruits and veggies in that little spout. Here are five tips for creating tasty juice.

1. Always peel citrus fruits before juicing. The white pith on the underside of the fruit skin makes homemade juice taste bitter.

2. After washing carrots, you can juice the whole thing: greens and all!

3. Mixing fruits and vegetables is a good thing. Some vegetables are bland or bitter when juiced. Try adding an apple to sweeten your veggie drink.

4. Only make as much juice as you'll drink in a day, or a serving. The longer you store the juice, the less nutrients it retains.

5. Don't throw away fibrous vegetable remains inside the juicer. Use this to make soup stock!

Do you have tips for making great, fresh juice? Please share in the comments below!

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living
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19 comments:

  1. I don't own a juicer :( The best I've done is to make fruit smoothies in my blender, a family favorite when the fruit trees ripen during the summer!

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    1. Hey, fruit smoothies in a blender sound great to me! I make those for breakfast often. I'm jealous of your fruit trees! YUM!

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  2. I always throw a little cucumber in my carrot juice. It gives it a nice fresh taste.

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  3. I LOVE my juicer. I haven't lugged it off the shelf for awhile, but I do love it. I've used it mainly for juice fasts. If I'm good, maybe I'll use it more this summer when I'm bombarded with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables at farmer's markets. My favorite cookbook for juice fasting is Juicing for Life by Cherie Calbom. - http://www.amazon.com/Juicing-For-Life-Book-Maureen/dp/B000E4C7S0 ~~ I've actually bought this book for people when I know they could really use it. It would be an excellent prize giveaway at your blog. (I like her book better than "The Juiceman"'s.)

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    1. Hi Jolie, Thanks for the book tips! I'll have to check out those titles! I haven't really followed any recipes. I just toss stuff in and see how it tastes! LOL! Thanks for stopping by! ~Angela

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  4. We've been making a lot of juice lately. Great article! We tried the pulp for soup stock though. The soup came out bland, no matter what else we added. Maybe my juicer does a good job at sucking out the essence! LOL

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    1. HI Jaipi! I'm glad you're juicing! It's so yummy and healthy too. If I use the pulp for soup, I have to add a lot of seasoning like garlic or cumin. Basically the pulp works as a thickener, not really a flavor enhancer. Thanks for visiting! ~Angela

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  5. I picked up a juicer for $10 at a garage sale a few years ago, but only recently started juicing. What I've learned is a banana can make almost anything taste good! And spinach can be added to almost any combination of fruits/veggies and you won't taste the spinach (but you'll get all the nutrients!). I often blend my veggie juice with plain yogurt, a banana, and add some protein powder to make a yummy smoothie.

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    1. Thanks for the tips! I have never juiced a banana. I guess I thought it'd get all gummy in the juicer. I will have to try that. Thanks! ~Angela

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  6. I have been wanting to buy a juicer for a while now, and your post really pushed it up in my mind. Maybe that will be my housewarming gift to myself when I make my move later this year. My grandfather was huge on juicing and I used to love the carrot juice he made. Delish!

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    1. Oh, you'll love it! If you liked carrot juice, you'll have fun with a juicer. Good luck on a smooth, easy move! ~ Angela

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  7. I miss my juicer and think its time to invest in another one.

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    1. They really are handy! Especially when produce is abundant in the summer! ~Angela

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  8. Great juicing tips. I've heard that you can use the pulp in muffins. Would be a way to get some extra fiber in.

    Susanne
    PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER

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    1. What a great idea! I think the leftovers from juicing apples would make great apple-cinnamon muffins. I wonder about using juiced carrots for carrot cake? Hmmm...so many ideas! Thank you!! ~Angela

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  9. Chemicals used in growing non-organic fruit and veggies get absorbed into the pulp, so I'd recommend only using the pulp for soup stock if you buy organic. • Also, with the right equipment and storage, you can store the juice for days - this article best explains it... http://rawpaleodiet.vpinf.com/raw-juice-refrig-storage-summary-overview.html

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