Today, I wanted to share with you something I have become seriously obsessed with… juicing! For Chris’s birthday recently, he wanted a juicer and after hours (and hours) researching online, I found the perfect one (it’s a Breville Juice Fountain – and currently on sale! For an extra 25% discount, use code FRIENDS). Juicing certainly isn’t anything new, but more and more people seem to be getting into it – after all, just look at the number of juice bars that have opened! But even better than this, it’s now super easy to create fresh and healthy juices at home. Before I get into specifics, I would like to mention this isn’t a sponsored post at all, I just love my new juicer and want to share the inside scoop with you.

I’ve noticed many benefits and I’ll warn you, it quickly becomes addictive! The biggest ones are an improvement in my skin (it seems clearer and brighter), as well as increased energy levels. I also used to find it hard to eat the amount of fruit and veg I should have everyday, but through juicing, it’s simple to get lot’s of nutrients in one delicious hit! If juicing is something you’re interested in, I thought I’d explain more about the type of juicer I chose and share some of my favorite recipe combinations…

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I must admit, I was a little naive when I began my juicer search, but quickly discovered there are two main types of juicers – centrifugal and cold press.

CENTRIFUGAL JUICERS
These have been around for a long time and are the most widely used electric juicers. They work via internal blades, which extract juice and spin up to 30,000 revolutions per minute. However, as the blades shed the fruit and vegetables at high speeds, this causes premature oxidization and compromizes nutrient value. This will leave the juice looking pale and the pulp will begin to separate. When this occurs, all the goodness (vital enzymes, nutrients and minerals) are depleted. Juices created using centrifugal appliances need to be consumed immediately.

COLD PRESS JUICERS
This is a process that extracts juice from fruit and vegetables using a gentle crushing and squeezing action, which ensures enzymes, nutrients and minerals remain intact. Research has indicated cold press juicers actually retain double the nutrients of centrifugal juicers and through operating at a lower speed (75 – 160 revolutions per minute), they do not emit a lot of heat. Because cold press juicers do not oxidize the nutrients, the juice is very pure and can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 3 days (I often make a big batch twice a week, so it’s easy to quickly pour a juice before work). The pressing action also squeezes every last drop of juice, so you end up with a lot more to drink (and don’t need to use as much fruit and veg).

 photo ColdPressJuicervsCentrifugalWhatisBetter_zps0822841a.jpg Cold Press juice lasts longer and does not oxidize quickly, retaining freshness and nutrients for longer (via).

Although they are more expensive, I believe the health benefits of a cold press juicer are far superior. So this is the one I selected (it’s currently on sale! For an extra 25% discount, use code FRIENDS).

Ease of cleaning was also important to me (I’ll never buy something if it takes forever to wash, it’s too much of a hassle to use every day). Ours is brilliant and can be washed in only a couple of minutes. Another great tip is to put a clean plastic bag inside the external pulp jug, once you’re finished just throw it away – no cleaning required!

Now for the fun part… recipes! I have been juicing every day for the last three weeks and in this time, experimented quite a lot with various combinations. It can be expensive having enough fruit and veg on hand for juicing, so every Sunday we’ve made it a ritual to visit the local farmers markets and buy all our produce for the week. What I have realized is, as long as you put apples and lemons in there, you really can’t go too far wrong! I mention this because if you’re thinking of becoming a juicer, don’t worry about what you can make – I originally thought, what on earth do I put in there?! But now I literally throw in whatever I have left in the fridge (which can sometimes be very bizarre indeed). I also don’t measure quantities specifically, I just do it as I feel like and guess. However, as a guide for a palatable result, you want to balance out vegetables with the sweetness of apple and the freshness of lemon.

Some of my favorite self-created juice combinations are…

Gorgeously Green:
Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Apple, Lemon, Cucumber and Mint

All Or Nothing:
Carrot, Kale, Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Broccoli, Spinach, Ginger, Cucumber, Zucchini, Mint and Lemon

Get Up and Glow:
Grapefruit, Apple, Carrot, Ginger and Lemon

 

What are your thoughts on juicing, have you tried it?  I’d absolutely love to hear any recipe ideas, tips, tricks or opinions… please share in the comments below!

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