I’m not a very crunchy, granola, diet kind of person, and I’m not an avid health nut (do you see how many full-fat, gluten-loaded, sugar-filled dessert recipes I share?), but I do believe in balance.
For as much as I snack and indulge in burgers and burritos, I try to put fresh and healthy foods into my diet. I actually really love fruits and veggies, but I don’t eat them as often as I know I should.
My easy fix? Drink ‘em instead.
I’d been thinking about getting a juicer for a while, and one fateful Amazon Prime Day I saw a decently-rated juicer on sale, so I snagged it. I’ve been having fun making delicious, fresh, nutritious juices since then.
Although some juicers can take huge chunks of unpeeled produce, I take a few steps to prepare my fruit and veg before tossing them into the machine:
- Always wash your fruits and veggies! Think about it — whatever’s going into the machine is coming out. Do you really want to put unwashed things in and end up with dirty juice? Ew.
- De-seed. Again, whatever you’re putting into the machine is what is coming out of it. Take a minute to remove seeds. Not only are some seeds bad for you, but many are pretty bitter and will change the flavor you’re looking for.
- Peel when necessary. I don’t peel things like apples and carrots and other soft-fleshed produce, but use your judgment — if something has a thick skin (or the skin or rind might add a bitter flavor to your juice), take the time to peel it.
- Don’t cram the juicer. Don’t smash things in and then be surprised when your juicer doesn’t last long. This is a precision machine with fine blades and mesh. Be gentle.
- Chunk your produce. Speaking of not smashing things in, cut your larger produce into chunks that will easily fit into the machine.
Making your own juice doesn’t have to be complicated or hard. It’s fun to experiment and see what flavor combinations work and to incorporate fresh produce into your diet. This is one of our go-to juices. It’s packed with vitamin c, is naturally sweet, and has a little spice to it. This recipe makes about 3 cups of juice.
Apple Carrot + Ginger Juice
- 4 Green Apples
- 5 Carrots
- 1-2 Inch Chunk of Ginger (add more for more spice!)
- Remove the seeds from the apples and chop all produce into chunks to fit into the juicer.
- Run the juicer on the lowest level (for my juicer, setting 1 is for soft-fleshed produce) and run all the produce through it.
- Drink the juice immediately, or store in an air-tight container in the fridge. The juice is best when consumed within 1-2 days.
One more tip: don’t make a ton of juice at once! Prep as much produce as you want, but only make a few cups of juice at a time. This is because the juice is at it’s best for the first day or two that it’s made. Also, remember that separation is natural. Just give your juice a shake or stir before drinking.