Starting the juicing process can be an exciting undertaking.  Once you get your first juicer, the possibilities are endless.  Literally.  So, where to begin?  You want to create the best juices possible, but how can you do that?  What fruits and vegetables are the best for juicing?  And, why should these particular fruits and vegetables be used over any other?

To start with, the best fruits and vegetables to juice with depend not only on nutrient value, but on your personal taste.  I can tell you all day to juice kale, but if you hate kale, what’s the point?  Here you’ll find ten of the best fruits and vegetables in terms of nutrient values, but flavor is up to you.  As you gain experience juicing, you’ll get into the groove of creating your own juice recipes.  After a while, creating new, tasty, and exciting juices will be second nature to you.  To start out with, try some of this yummy, and nutrient-rich juicing options.

Celery
celeryWhile celery isn’t the most popular vegetable out there, it makes a highly nutritious addition to your juicing regimen.  Additionally, celery lacks the strong flavor that other juicing vegetables do, so it isn’t going to over-shadow any of the other ingredients you decide to put into your juice.

Other than taste, celery is great because it works to regulate and maintain a healthy digestive system.  Additionally, celery contains potassium that works to lower blood pressure.  It also fights bloating due to its wonderful diuretic properties, so it works to cleanse your body as well as fight nasty bloating.

Citrus
citrusOK, citrus isn’t really a fruit.  Of course, I’m addressing an assortment of citrus fruits here, including grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes.  Citrus fruits contain high doses of vitamin C, a known immune booster and supporter.  Consuming citrus fruits also help to control blood pressure levels, as well as to clear plaque that can build up around the arteries.

Carrots
carrotsCarrots make an excellent addition to nearly any juice for several reasons.  For one, they add a bit of a sweet taste to your beverage.  Secondly, they are jam-packed with nutrients!  As if this wasn’t enough, some of the nutrients in carrots serve to nourish the skin, fighting the signs of aging and free radical damage that can occur to the cells of the body.  The beta carotene in carrots also work to support brain health, bolster the immune system, and protect the arteries.

Try carrot and orange juice, or carrot and apple juice for a delicious blend of two powerfully nutrient ingredients.

Wheatgrass
WheatgrassAlthough it may seem strange, wheatgrass is an excellent option for juicing.  Wheatgrass works in a variety of different ways, including stimulating the repair of DNA, raising red blood cell counts, fighting cell damage from free radicals, and boosting the immune system.  Wheatgrass also delivers a healthy dose of vitamin A, magnesium, potassium, and chlorophyll.

Supporters of wheatgrass claim that the nutrients in wheatgrass can treat a number of different health issues, including treating and even reversing cancer.

Cranberries
cranberriesCranberries are little bundles of wonderful for your urinary tract.  Ever heard of drinking fresh cranberry juice for a kidney or bladder infection?  This is because cranberries contain something called mannose, which works to protect the urinary tract from infection by bacteria and viruses.  They can even help to fight off present bacteria and viruses.  As if this wasn’t enough reason to make cranberries a regular part of your juicing routine, cranberries can also prevent kidney stones.

Fresh cranberries are extremely tart, and while some people love this tartness, others find it hard to handle.  If you’re not into super tart foods, try adding a bit of water or combining it with another sweeter fruit.

Berries
BerriesLike with citrus fruits, I’m being a bit vague here.  I’m doing so because berries, all berries, are excellent little additions to any juice.  Aside from being incredibly delicious, berries contain antioxidants that work to fight free radical damage to the cells and help to fight of the signs of aging.  Raspberries have also been reported to have a great effect on cramping, while strawberries contain lycopene that supports heart health, and blueberries work to treat digestive issues and fight bladder and kidney infections.

Tomatoes
tomatoesTomatoes are a wonder food because they are just so amazing for your health.  The nutrition in tomatoes also translates well when cooked, so there are a number of different ways you can enjoy and store them.  In terms of juicing, tomatoes contain lycopene, which is great for your heart.  The also a great ingredient because it works to lower your cancer risk, while also delivering some great vitamin C.
Apples
applesApples are super easy to juice, and super cheap to buy.  You can also buy all different types of apples, and this can vary the overall flavor of your juice.  Apples are packed with antioxidants, so they fight the signs of aging, as well as protect the cells of the body from damage.  Apples also contain a great amount of fiber, so they cleanse the system, and maintain healthy bowel functioning.  The vitamins in apples also deliver a boost to your immune system.  With all the benefits of apples, their great flavor, and the ease with which you can acquire them, apples just may be the ultimate food for juicing.

So, you’re looking for a new or better way to take advantage of the valuable vitamins and minerals that fresh fruits and vegetables offer? Have you considered juicing? Juicing is one of the best ways to make short work of getting your daily nutritional needs from fruits and vegetables. In addition to being able to consume them quickly, your body also makes faster use of the nutrients within juice. On average, it takes only 20 minutes for your body to absorb the juice that you’ve taken in. From there, its nutrient value can be taken advantage of. Furthermore, juicing is an easy way to truly take in raw vegetables, something we don’t commonly do. Cooking commonly depletes fruits and vegetables of at least a portion of their nutrients, so finding a quick and easy way to actually get raw vegetables and fruits into your diet is priceless.

Choosing Your Fruits and Vegetables

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Juicing is one of those highly unique nutritional activities. There are not hard and fast rules as to what you can and cannot juice. If it’s edible, you can juice it. Obviously, there are recipes available that can help you get started in mixing and matching the best flavors and the best ingredients for nutritional value, but as you juice, you’ll likely create your own recipes.

There is no wrong recipes as long as you’re not overdoing it on any one nutritional element. For example, too many dark leafy greens can lead to kidney stones, so you want to get enough to benefit from all the good stuff they offer, but not over-consume and cause health issues. Other than that, have fun with your juicing!

Some of the most popular juicing ingredients include:
-Apples
-Pears
-Pineapple
-Oranges
-Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc)
-Carrots
-Kale
-Spinach
-Ginger
-Tomato
-Lemon
-Cabbage
-Wheatgrass

How to Juice

This is actually the easy part. Once you have your juicer, and you’ve chosen your fruits and vegetables, you’re ready to start juicing.

Start by thoroughly washing your fruits and vegetables. Be sure if you’re using leafy greens that you’re getting into the stems and the little creases of the leaves where dirt can get caught. While the dirt probably won’t really hurt you, it will affect the taste of your juice. And really, who wants to eat dirt?

Next, cut any fruits or vegetables that may need cut in order to juice. Some juicers require minimal cutting and preparation of the fruits and vegetables intended to be juiced, while other require fairly extensive preparation. Be sure that you read through your juicer’s manual so you understand what sort of preparation is necessary in order to juice. Additionally, be sure that you’ve purchased a good juicer for the types of juices you’re looking to make. If you’re doing extensive juicing of greens, be sure that you’ve chosen a juicer that is capable of this. Many juicing advocates and enthusiasts recommend using something like a Champion Juicer that has a twin gear. This gets the most out of your greens, which will greatly help you because you’ll waste a whole lot less than trying to juice greens with an ill-fit juicer. For harder vegetables like carrots, centrifuge juicers are commonly more popular. Remember that you can juice greens in either type, and you can juice carrots in either type, the process can just take longer. If you’re going to juice a mix of them, choose the juicer that best meets your size and price needs, as these are important considerations as well.

Now that you’re all prepped and ready to go, you can begin juicing. Juice all the soft fruits and vegetables first. Once all your soft fruits and vegetables are completed, you can begin any of the harder fruits and vegetables. The harder fruits and vegetables will complete the soft fruit and veg process by pushing them the rest of the way through. If you notice a lot of extra pulp that hasn’t been juiced, feel free to run them through again, or use a manual press-style juicer to extract the remaining juice.

Juice Storage

Juicing isn’t an easy process, and it is by no means quick either. Some people buy a juicer and take the time to juice fresh vegetables each day. I applaud these people for their tireless efforts! However, if you’re on a tight or busy schedule, juicing ample amounts of fruits and vegetables and storing them for the week is probably the best way to go. If you’re set on juicing each day, try prepping your fruits and vegetables in advance and storing them in the fridge for ease of access each morning.

If you’re OK with juicing a week’s supply all at once, you’ll be able to easily pour your fresh juice every morning, and prep and juice for the week on your own schedule. If this is your preferred method, invest in some mason jars. Once you’ve finished juicing, you can store each juice recipe (for example: cucumber, lemon, mint), or each separate juice (for example: pear juice) in a mason jar. For complete recipes, just pour and enjoy. If you want to whip of different recipes each day, store each juice separately and mix each morning. This is a fun way to do it as long as you have the room in your fridge because you can create unique recipes each morning, and you can cater to your daily nutritional desires by mixing up your recipes.