BY GWENN THOMPSON STEAD
CLASS OF 1974
I love juicing! The benefits of juicing fresh vegetables and fruits are endless! Not to mention how tasty the juice can be.
I get some enjoyment from actually eating certain fruits and vegetables, but I get most of my enjoyment from juicing them.
Many different combinations afford me the opportunity to enjoy fruits and vegetables that I may not consume regularly.
I also like that all the nutrients get into my system quickly. I've noticed that juicing cuts my craving for sugar, which is fantastic in losing weight.
Not to mention it helps to clear the complexion and increases the healthy desire to drink more water.
One of my favorite juices is the combination of carrots, apples, ginger and beets.
Juicing is a fantastic way to be proactive in our desire to promote better health!
Juicing is work, but the benefits truly outweigh the labor.
Here's a crash course in Juicing.
JUICING 101 FROM FOOD52.COM
1. JUICING VS. SMOOTHIE
Unlike making a smoothie in a blender, juicing extracts liquid from raw fruits and vegetables rather than pulverizing the whole plant.
While juices have less fiber than smoothies, they aid in detoxifying the body with their high amounts of concentrated nutrients.
2. CENTRIFUGAL VS. MASTICATING JUICERS
Centrifugal juicers are great for juicing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, but have trouble extracting juice from leafy greens.
If you're trying to get more greens in your diet through juicing, a masticating juicer, while pricier, will do a better job, as it grinds the produce at a low speed to remove the juice from the pulp.
3. BEST FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FOR
The following fruits and vegetables produce nicely-flavored juice when run through a juicing machine.
Soft fruits: pineapples, tomatoes, berries, citrus, melons, mangos, grapes, peaches, nectarines, plums, kiwis
Hard fruits: apples, cranberries, pears, pomegranates
Soft vegetables: spinach, kale, chard, mint, cilantro, parsley, cucumber
Hard vegetables: cabbage, celery, carrots, beets, ginger root, fennel, sweet potato
3a. AND THE WORST...
These fruits and vegetables either do not contain enough water to be juiced through a machine or produce off-putting, unappetizing juice.
Figs and dried fruits -Onions (scallions, leeks, etc.)
4. DESIGN DETAILS TO CONSIDER
Look at the size of the feed chute, the length of the juice spout, and the shape and size of the catching jug.
Does the machine have different speeds based on produce density? What is the noise level like? How much counter and storage space will it take up?
BACK TO GWENN'S KITCHEN
Now let's get to juicing.
I've got my ingredients and I'm ready to go. If you have a juicer, why not join me? Gather some apples, carrots, beets and lemons. What was that...you need to do a market run. I'll be here when you get back.
Oh, you're back. You got the goodies? Great! Are ready?
Put the veggies in, one at a time...and voila!