A little bit more than a year go, I got my hands on "Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Juices" book written by Dr. Norman W. Walker after a friend of mine recommended it to me. I read and re-read it couple of times. It did change the way I eat and think about my food for sure.
If you are thinking on getting into raw juicing or raw food in general, I highly recommend to start by reading this book. It explains basic principles, provides helpful info on various fruits and vegetables and also has recipes.
At this time, I begin pretty much every day with a glass or two of raw freshly squeezed juice to give my body all the nutrients it needs to begin the day.
Raw Juice Recipes
Carrots, Beets, Celery and Cucumber are base of most of my juices. I would add some other veggies and fruits which come in a season and I feel like drinking occasionally. These can be: Lettuce, Spinach, Green Bell Pepper, Parsley, Apples and such. With emphases more on veggies, and less on fruits.
Lately I was experimenting with adding a handful of fresh Cranberries to balance too sweet Carrot/Apple taste out, and I love it.
Juicing Equipment I Use
I am pretty happy with my Breville BJE820XL Fountain centrifugal juicer. It is 1+ year old now, Breville probably has some newer juicer models out on the market by now.I had to replace Mesh Filter Basket in it recently because holes in the old started getting clogged and this caused juice to spill around; having to clean beet juice from table, floor and kitchen cabinets every morning isn't fun. The replacement part worked perfectly, so I am back in businesses at least for now.
Few helpful tips and tricks when juicing:
- If you like your juice cold, use ingredients which come directly from the fridge, otherwise let them warm up a bit before juicing.
- I use store plastic bags to line the pulp compartment - it makes the clean up much easier. If you want to be more environment responsible, there are also Biodegradable Pulp Container Bags available.
- I cover the juice container with damp paper towel to prevent juice splashing out of it, which happens sometimes with me.
- I clean my juicer as soon as I am done juicing, it doesn't take too much time, and is much easier when all the pulp isn't dried yet.
- I drink my juice right away, storing it doesn't seem to provide much benefits in time, but it sure kills some nutrients in the process.