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How to Make the Perfect Green Juice: 6 Simple Tips and Tricks

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New to green juicing and looking for some tips to get started? Here's a short, simple list to get you juicing greens like a pro!

GREEN JUICING TIP #1. JUICE THE WHOLE THING! 

While you might choose to leave the stems and stalks off your greens when making a salad - keep them on when you're juicing.

Your juicer will totally be able to process them and they're highly edible and very, very nutritious - plus, you'll get more green juice 🙂

Take colorful Swiss chard, for example - the stems are where a lot of its nutritional content is at so the last thing you want to do is toss those.

Also, when you're cooking with these greens - save the stems to juice later. You might not want those broccoli stems or beet tops in your dishes, but they'll do great in your juices. Same for usually discarded parts like cucumber ends. The exceptions are: carrot tops and the leaves on rhubarb and eggplant - those are toxic. Toss them.

GREEN JUICING TIP #2. ROLL IT UP! 

Leafy greens are very...leafy. Making them not so easy to feed through the juicer machine. The good news is that you can roll these babies into a little ball before feeding them through the juicer.

This is easiest to do with leafy greens that have stems since you can use those stems to sort of "tie" your leafy green ball together.

This prevents the delicate leaves from getting stuck somewhere on their way down so you can rest assured you’re getting every last drop of leafy green you put in.

And if that doesn’t totally get every last bit of leafy green…

GREEN JUICING TIP #3. FOLLOW WITH HARD PRODUCE! 

JUICING TIPS

You're most likely not going to be drinking straight up, just green green juice (wow if you do. just wow.) Most juice recipes call for both greens and some fruits (and other veggies) to sweeten the concoction so make sure you always start with the leafy greens.

Follow this order: leafy greens --> soft fruits and veggies --> hard fruits and veggies

The harder fruits and veggies - like apples, carrots, beets - helps push through any bits of leafy green that are stuck in the feeding tube of your juicer.

GREEN JUICING TIP #4. BASES ARE YOUR FRIEND! 

JUICING WATERMELON RINDS

While a wheatgrass-arugula-cabbage-kale juice would be incredibly high in nutrients...let's face it - it'd be incredibly yucky. This is where bases come in.

A good base is a fruit or veggie with high water content and a very neutral taste. We prefer fruit or veggie bases to water down green juices since you get a lot more nutrients than simply adding water.

Cucumber and celery are go-to veggies. As for fruits, try using parts that you wouldn't normally eat. For example, watermelon rinds are great for you, high in water content, and have a pretty neutral taste.

GREEN JUICING TIP #5. IF YOU'RE JUICING FOR WEIGHT LOSS... 

One of the worst mistakes people who are juicing for weight loss make is adding too many high-calorie, high-sugar fruits in their juice recipes. 'Cause it doesn't matter if you're on a strict diet and only drinking fruit and veggie juices - you're not doing your body any favors if those juices contain a truckload of sugar and calories.

The thing with juicing is that it's really a double-edged sword. You can use it to do your body a lot of good...or you can end up consuming a lot more sugar than you bargained for. Because juices are condensed versions of the whole food - you get a dense download of nutrients and the sugars. That's why we always recommend juicing mostly vegetables and keeping fruit juicing to a minimum.

BLEND FRUITS

JUICE VEGETABLES

One easy way to do this is to blend your fruits and juice your leafy greens. Remember that wheatgrass-arugula-cabbage-kale juice we described above? Well, imagine juicing that and then blending it up with a banana, an avocado, and a handful of berries. You get all the benefits of the green juice, a lovely dose of healthy fats, and a bunch of fiber to keep you feeling full longer. It's really the best of both worlds.

As for juicing fruits - here's a list of fruits with the lowest sugar content!

GREEN JUICING TIP #6. GET THE MOST NUTRIENTS! 

Fresh juice is best consumed within 20 minutes of juicing it. That's 'cause when you juice fresh produce, you are essentially breaking open the cell walls of these nutrient-rich fruits and veggies and activating the nutrients – the vitamins, enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, etc. – found in the produce.

And many of these nutrients are time-sensitive.

But, alas, most of us don't have the time to rush back home a few times a day to whip up a fresh glass of juice. If you plan to be juicing in "bulk" and then storing your green juices to drink over the next few days - you're going to want to make sure you have a juicer that will make this possible.

If you want to juice in advance and keep the nutrients - opt for a masticating juicer or twin gear juicer. These slow, "cold press" juicers don't disturb the cellular structure of the produce being juiced and thus, do a better job of preserving enzymes and nutrients from oxidation. Here are the best slow juicers for greens (read detailed reviews for best juicers for greens here)...

Z STAR

juicer for greens

A manual juicer that's basically a single auger, masticating juicer without a motor. 

  • No heat & no electricity needed
  • Preserves nutrients & live enzymes
  • Can juice harder produce like apples & carrots
  • Portable juicer, weighs 6.4 lbs

OMEGA

omega 8006 for leafy greens

The best masticating juicer, especially for juicing greens. 

  • Great at juicing most fruits & veggies (even hard parts like watermelon rinds)
  • Very dry pulp
  • No heat buildup in juices
  • Quiet and easy to clean

GREEN STAR

green star juicer

Powerful triturating juicer that can juice even the most delicate greens like herbs.

  • One of the best juicers for all fruits & veggies, especially greens.
  • Very high juice yield
  • Magnetic technology to extract most nutrients and enzymes

You can store fresh juice made from these slow juicers for up to 72 hours, whereas with centrifugal juicers (like the popular Breville), the juice should be downed pretty immediately.

Happy green juicing!


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