There's a lot of information out there about juicing, Some good and some bad, but as a lover of juices and smoothies I wanted to share a beginners guide to juicing. As I only use the Froothie Optimum juicers, which I think are rather fab, I will only talk about my experiences with them. I've had cheaper machines in the past and they were useless to use and useless to clean.
I'll also be introducing you to a revolution in juicing called the Juisir, which is a new machine arriving on these shores soon which is a no-clean machine. I know, right! There's a lot of hype about the Juisir just now. It's a bit of a sensation. You can read what's being said about the Juisir on Forbes or Yahoo Finance.
A Beginners Guide to Juicing
1. Should I drink juices and smoothies
Yes definitely. They will help you top up your ten a day (yes scientists now say we should be aiming for ten portions of fruit and veg a day and not five) and are great for adding extra nutrients and antioxidants to your diet.
2. I buy a bottle of juice when I buy my lunchtime sandwich. Is it good for me?
Well it's better than fizzy juice, but sometimes not much better. Often they can have a lot of sugar, additives and preservatives in them. It's much better to make your own juice or if you are out and about stop at a juice bar, where they juice the fruit and vegetables in front of you.
3. Aren't fresh juices full of sugar too?
Fruit certainly is, although it will always be a better option than processed foods full of sugar. The secret is to balance your smoothies and juices with a mixture of fruit and vegetables. The more vegetables the better.
4. Isn't eating whole veg better for you?
Of course eating fresh vegetables is a healthy option for your diet, but juicing supplements this and provides you with lots of vitamins and minerals.
5. But will I get any fibre from fresh juice?
Fibre is important to help food move through your digestive system. When you blend juice in a blender the fibre is still there in the pulp of the juice, but when you juice you only get soluble fibre. Lets face it juice doesn't need to be broken down in your body anyway it's a liquid and easily digested, so that's that covered.
Now we've gotten that out the way I can give you some juicing tips to get you started.
What can I juice?
Apples, blackberries, blackcurrants, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, grapes, grapefruit, kiwi, lemon, lime, melon, oranges, passion fruit, pears, pineapple, raspberries, starfruit, strawberries and watermelon.
Asparagus, beetroot (not pickled, ugh), broccoli, carrots, celery, courgette, cucumber, fennel, fresh ginger, kale, lettuce, onion, parsnip, peas, peppers, spinach, squash, sweet potato, tomatoes and watercress.
I may have missed some fruit and vegetables out of that list, but it's a good place to start and I hope it helps. Now I promised you I would tell you more about the Juisir which is hitting these shores soon.
What can't I juice?
You can juice pretty much any fruit or vegetable, but can I start by telling you what YOU CAN'T OR SHOULDN'T JUICE.
- You can't juice bananas, avocado, figs. You just won't get any juice out of them. Stick to blending these.
- You might want to skip juicing leeks, turnip and aubergine. They don't taste good, seriously!
- You probably won't get much juice out of these fruits unless you catch them at the right moment. Peaches, nectarines and mangoes. Also rhubarb will be tough on your juicer and yield little juice.
Update: I've been told the Juisir can juice banana and mango as it crushes it.
The Juisir is a new concept in juicing.
- You put the fruit and vegetables in a bag (reusable or eco-friendly, you can choose which).
- Pop the bag in the Juisir and hit the button.
- The Juisir will now crush the fruit and vegetables with eight tonnes of force, the force of two adult elephants (yes that's why the bags have cute elephants on them).
- 90 seconds later you have freshly pressed juice and not need to take the juicer apart and clean it with a scrubbing brush. No cleaning!
For £579 (use the early bird code soon (EARLYBIRD100) to get another £100 off this price. For this you will receive your Juisir and 1 reusable bag with 30 cotton refills or 60 disposable bags (you can buy more from the Froothie website) and a standard 2 year warranty.
I admit it's a pricey machine, but if it's one you will use everyday, you'd be looking at paying between £300 and £500 for a good quality cold pressing juicer that will work and last well. It depends if you want to spend time cleaning or just juice and go.
Optimum 600 Whole Fruit Juicer
If you have time in the mornings, don't mind a bit of cleaning and just don't have the budget for a Juisir, then I would recommend the Optimum 600 whole fruit juicer, which is on sale at the moment down from £329 to £249.
I have this one and it's great and easy to take apart. You can just add whole fruit and veg (well within reason, obviously a melon would need to be cut into chunks). I have to admit though I can't wait to get my hands on the Juisir.
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Disclosure: I love Froothie products and approached them to be an ambassador for them. I wouldn't recommend the machines if I didn't love them. Froothie do not require me to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.