How to Make a Juice: The Perfect Juice Formula

How to Make a Juice: The Perfect Juice Formula

How to Make a Juice: The Perfect Juice Formula

 

How to Make a Juice: The Perfect Juice Formula

 
Green JuiceThe world of nutritious fruits, veggies, herbs and superfoods is vast. And juices can vary significantly in ingredients, taste and nutrition profile. How to make a juice … even the perfect juice … shouldn’t be a mystery. The best way to approach the practice of juicing is to understand the basics. 

And it’s as easy as 1 … 2 … 3 …. 4.  STEPS 1-4, that is, as we detail below.

NOTE: The amount of each ingredient you use in your juice should match the step number in descending order.  In other words, use the LARGEST quantity of the ingredients featured in step 1 and the SMALLEST quantity of the ingredients discussed in step 4.  

Step 1: Choose your base

The majority of your juice will come from the fruits and veggies that comprise the “base” of the juice. These are those ingredients that yield the most juice.

Some of the most common “base” ingredients include:

  • Cucumber (which has a very mellow and refreshing flavor)
  • Celery (which has natural sodium and adds a fabulous salty flavor)
  • Apple (for those of you who love your sweets)
  • Pears (also on the sweeter side – mixes well with apples)
  • Carrots (also on the sweeter side)

If you’re craving a fruit juice, then juicy fruits like melons, pineapples and grapes can also serve as the sole ingredient in your juice, or as a base.

Step 2: Add your leafy greens

At Juice Guru, we recommend that you drink a green juice every day. And with as much of the “leafy green stuff” in it as possible. Just how much you use will depend upon your taste, your stage in juicing and which greens you use.

First, some ground rules.

As with everything, we recommend that you rotate the greens you use so you end up with a good variety in your week’s juices (for the most varied nutrition). Also, you’ll need to be careful of which greens you’re using … some can be overdone and kill your juice, while others can be used in vast quantities, with little impact on taste.

It’s important to note that greens can be added to EVERY juice, even the sweetest ones. Just take care to add the right leafys if taste is what’s most important in your particular juice. Here are some guidelines.

Greens to use with reckless abandon (because of their mellow flavor) include:

  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Romaine (and other) lettuces

Greens to use in smaller amounts (because of their bitter flavor or other concerns) include:

  • Dandelion greens (EXCELLENT nutrition, but VERY bitter)
  • Collard greens (Also excellent but bitter)
  • Kale (for those with thyroid issues, we recommend limiting or staying away from kale)

Step 3: Add other nutritious fruits and veggies

EVERY juiceable fruit and vegetable has its own unique benefits and can be part of your juicing practice. But some produce yield less juice. Some can be overpowering in flavor. And some can be overwhelming in effect.

Here’s a guide to some of the most popular additional juicy fruits and veggies.

  • Broccoli (VERY nutritious, but can be overpowering. Use one large stalk and use the leafy heads for cooking and salads)
  • Beets (Highly nutritious, but so detoxifying that too much can make you feel sick. We recommend no more than ½ a beet per large cold-pressed juice.)
  • Berries and grapes (You can’t use enough of these in your juice. Blueberry and concord grape juice, for example, have been scientifically proven to have extraordinary benefits for memory.  And they’re low-glycemic. But they just don’t yield a lot of juice. So, they qualify as an add-on.)
  • Red bell peppers (A great splash of nutrition and color to your rainbow juice. It’s spicy flavor qualifies this veggie as an add-on.)

Step 4: Add your flavor enhancers and boosts

Use as many of the items in this category as you’d like for good flavor or an extra boost, but greatly limit the amount you use, as they can easily overpower your juice.

Juice Guru rule of thumb for flavor enhancers and boosts: Start with a small amount. You can ALWAYS add more. But you can’t take it away once you’ve added too much.

 

  • Herbs such as cilantro and basil and parsley (herbs are great for flavor.Parsley is an EXCELLENT source of nutrients, but can be very overpowering if you use too much)
  • Ginger (½ – 1 inch is all you need)Turmeric
  • Tumeric (same)
  • Reishi ginseng maca, etc.
  • lemon/lime (brings out the flavor of any juice combo. Use approx one per juice.)
  • Jalapeno or cayenne pepper (Use sparingly to taste.)

So, now that you know the perfect juice formula, you can create any juice recipe like a pro. Get creative … get juicy.

And please tell us your favorite home-made recipe in the comment section below.

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Juicing on a Budget

Juicing on a Budget

Juicing on a Budget

Juicing on a Budget

One of the top reasons people give for not Daily Juicing is that it’s just “too expensive.”

Well…it is true that you could choose to buy a $2400 juicer and juice only exotic produce that costs a fortune. Or you could buy all of your juices from a stylish juice bar.

Either way, there’s not a strong likelihood that you will end up making a sustainable lifetime change.

But these aren’t your only options when it comes to juicing. Juice Guru is dedicated to helping every person get healthy through daily juicing.

To aid in that mission, here are our top 4 suggestions for juicing on a budget:

1. Juicer Idea: The Tribest Slowstar Juicer is our number one pick for the best quality juicer you can buy at a reasonable price (a.k.a. the best “bang for the buck” with the greatest range of use).  This link gets you the juicer along with our gift package for members of our juice guru tribe.

2. Juicer Idea: If you still want a top-of-the-line juicer, but just aren’t willing to pay the large price tag (as high as several thousand), try visiting Craig’s list, eBay, or local estate sales.

You can also try contacting the manufacturer and see if they have any refurbished machines. Chances are, you can find a good price on a used juicer.

3. Produce/Recipe Idea: When you first start juicing, we recommend that you not jump right in to wildly different juices every day. Juicing this way can lead to a lot of wasted produce.

For example, a recipe could call for only a few carrots out of a bunch or a half a cucumber. If you move on to a grape, pineapple, ginger juice the next day and an apple, lemon, cinnamon juice the day after that, the left-over produce will end up in your compost. Similarly, if you are not familiar with your particular juicer, you may be over-purchasing produce even if you are sticking exactly to a recipe.

We recommend that you try instead to select one basic juice – like apple, celery, spinach. Make that juice every day for a week, but add to or change the ingredients slightly each day for a different taste and nutritional boGreen Juiceost. See our Juice Guru Daily Classic for our recommended “template” juice.


4. Recipe Ideas:
The Father of Juicing, Jay Kordich, cured himself of a cancerous tumor in his twenties by drinking nothing but carrot apple juice. If your budget is constrained, we recommend taking a trip to Costco, and purchasing organic apples and carrots in bulk. We can’t imagine a more economical way to get your Daily Juice.

Still think Daily Juicing is too expensive? If you are stuck on that notion, then we challenge you to consider the following: according to WebMD, the average American woman and man spends $58,874 and $43,794, respectively, on medications in his/her lifetime; total yearly sales for synthetic vitamin supplements (which are not nearly as potent or easily-assimilated as fresh juice) tops hundreds of billions; and, overall, the average American spends over $8,000 every year in healthcare.

The truth is, there is no price for aging with health and grace – naturally – or being a healthy lover – without taking pills – or preventing disease before it starts.
Would you put a price tag on your health? We didn’t think so.

Here’s to your health (at a reasonable price)!

 

 

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Kale Juice Lowers Cholesterol

Kale Juice Lowers Cholesterol

Kale Juice Lowers Cholesterol

Kale Juice Lowers Cholesterol

Dr. Michael Greger explains the effect of kale juice on LDL and HDL cholesterol and the antioxidant capacity of the blood.

 

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Juicing Starter Kit

Juicing Starter Kit

Juicing Starter Kit

 

Juicing Starter Kit

 
Steve and Julie PrussackIf you’re anything like us, you don’t just want to live a long life, you want to live it up – vibrantly and energetically… You are ready to shine again on the inside and outside.

But if you’re also like us, you know what it’s like to wake up tired… to look in the mirror and wonder why you’re starting to look older… and maybe you’ve even given up on the idea that you can STILL turn heads, even today.

We’re here to show you that there is a way to become an Age Boss… to go from being tired, overweight and unhealthy to lean, uber-healthy and vibrant.

The first step can be defined in one word: Juicing. Of course, that’s not revolutionary. In fact, juicing has become the most popular trend around.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Dr. Wayne Dyer

The concept of Daily Juice busts through those barriers and allows you to change your life without changing your lifestyle. You’ll stick with it, not only because it’s easy, but because of how great you’ll feel.

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Aren’t you worth it? Of course you are! So, let’s get started. Here’s how to get on the Daily Juice band wagon in just 3 easy steps:

Step 1: What is Daily Juice?

Ok, I’m interested. So, what is this Daily Juice? Step 1 is to define it.

Daily Juice is a concept no one else seems to be talking about, and it’s about the most straight-forward and (relatively) low-commitment idea we’ve thought of. As opposed to juice fasting, where you drink nothing but juice all day, every day, when you Daily Juice, you drink just one green juice a day (24-32 ounces) first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

That’s it.

With that one juice, you will flood your body with more stamina-building, youth-inducing antioxidants and nutrition than most people get in a week or more. And that leaves you free to eat, drink and do whatever you like for the rest of the day (within reason, of course).

By enjoying your juice on an empty stomach, your body will assimilate all of that nutrition considerably faster than if you drank it on a full belly. Did you know it can take 6-8 HOURS for your stomach to digest solid food, while juice can pass through in as little as 15 minutes? That’s why you feel a rush of energy from a strong green juice that is more powerful and sustaining than you can get from your morning coffee.

You’ll be clearer of mind, healthier in body, more energetic, and you’ll even start to crave healthier foods, which will allow you to lose weight and keep it off effortlessly.

Step 2: Why Daily Juice?

Glad you asked. From reclaiming your youthful vitality, to getting and staying lean, to preventing disease, to boosting your brain power, there’s nothing more powerful (or easier to do) than having a juice a day.

The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.

Thomas A. Edison

Let’s just start with the basics. Up to 97% of us aren’t getting even the recommended daily allowance of fruits, veggies and leafy greens. Juicing will give you what you need and so much more. There is no question that drinking fresh pressed juices can do wonders for you. It’s a matter of science. Just to quote a few recent studies:

  • 2015 (Food and Nutrition Resources) – “Drinking fresh pressed orange juice every day with a healthy diet can prevent chronic disease.”
  • 2008 (Biomedical and Environmental Sciences) – “Men who drank 3-4 shots of kale juice every day lowered cholesterol to the same extent as would one hour of exercise 7 days a week.”
  • 2009 (British Journal of Nutrition) – “1 cup of freshly pressed concord grape juice a day helped elderly people with memory decline improve significantly on verbal learning tests.”

A study just published this past February even found that everyday working moms who drank a daily glass of Concord grape juice improved their driving skills! (Imagine how much safer our roads would be if everyone had their Daily Juice?? 😉 )

There are increasing numbers of studies proving the outstanding benefits of fresh-pressed juice to your mind, body and soul. Fresh juices are loaded with antioxidants, which combat the free radicals that prematurely age your skin, tissues and organs. They alkalize your body to fight disease, and they provide valuable phytonutrients (available only in plant foods) that keep your body healthy and youthful.

Step 3: How do you Daily Juice?

Steve Prussack making juiceOk … you WANT to Daily Juice, but how do you start?

Hopefully, you already have a good juicer. But don’t worry if you don’t, you can always get the best price anywhere on our #1 rated juicer for Daily Juice (the Tribest slowstar) by going to the “Shop” tab of this site.

Even more fundamentally, though, the number 1 reason why people fail to stick to a diet or health program – or (more importantly) maintain the gains they’ve made – is that the diet doesn’t contain a plan for when it ends and real life begins. Daily Juice is the solution. It’s all about incorporating health, vitality and weight loss into your everyday life. So the gains happen every day, over time. And unlike other diets or health plans, you don’t have to give anything up (although you’ll probably find that you want to) and you don’t have to change your life around, stop going out with your friends, or radically alter what you eat each day.

Of course, we don’t want to understate the difficulty of starting or keeping up with Daily Juice, every day. But we have a solution for that too: Make Daily Juice a habit.

Juicing should be part of every healthy living program.  It’s essential to prevent and reverse heart disease.

Dan Buettner

Having one juice at the same time each day, every day, assists in habit creation (much like brushing your teeth or taking a shower). And once it’s a habit, you won’t even have to think about it; you’ll just automatically reach for the juicer.

We detail how to achieve this and unveil our 4-step plan to habit formation in our new book Juice Guru: Transforming Your Life by Adding One Juice a Day (Robert Rose Publishing). But in the meantime, let’s at least cover some of the basics of creating a “juicy” habit so you can get started on this today. Our top 3 suggestions for making Daily Juice a habit you’ll keep for life are:

Make your juicer the star of your kitchen. What’s the first thing you reach for when you hit the kitchen each morning? Nine times out of ten it’s the coffee maker. Or maybe it’s the toaster. Regardless, take a second to consider why that’s the case. Got it yet? It’s because your coffee maker and toaster are out on your counter, ready to use. They are in your face, calling to you, making it very easy to use them first, instead of something else that might be better for you.

With that in mind, the first step towards making Daily Juice a habit you’ll keep is to put your juicer on the counter, instead of under it (collecting dust and cobwebs). And put the coffee maker underneath, instead. This way, making juice will become your first and easiest choice. We also recommend laying out your juicing tools the night before, like your knives, salad spinner, bowls and jars, etc., so juicing is easy to do.

Play “piggy-back” with your existing habits (it only takes one sticky note). You already have a chain of existing habits you do every morning – things you do more or less in the same order, almost automatically. Take a minute right now to think about what they might be. What do you do when you wake up? Do you shower, brush your teeth, put on your makeup and/or get dressed? These are all habits, and you do them almost automatically. Have your new juicing habit “hitch a ride” on these already-established habits with one magical invention: The sticky note.

Figure out which habit in the chain is the last you do before you hit the kitchen. Then take a pen and a note and write: “Make a juice” or something like that. If the last habit in your chain is brushing your teeth, stick it on the mirror. If it’s getting dressed, stick it on your closet door. Just make sure the reminder is where you’ll see it. Science shows that a habit is easier to establish and keep if it’s associated with ones you’ve already created.

Use our Juice Guru Daily Classic Template recipe. We have created this recipe with you in mind to assist you in making Daily Juice a habit you’ll keep. It contains 5 core ingredients that are available in most local markets, all year-round. This way, shopping is easy, and you’ll always have what you need in your fridge, ready to juice. These ingredients, like cucumber, kale and lemon, are also common to many juice recipes. By using this recipe every day, your prep work will become like second nature and you’ll get to know your juicer well. Also, this recipe eliminates waste, since you’re not radically changing what you juice each day.

Finally, the Template Recipe allows you to create literally dozens of recipes by adding or substituting certain ingredients, so you’ll never get bored with the taste. It can go from earthy to savory to sweet to spicy with simple substitutions. You’re limited only by your imagination. You can get the Daily Classic Template by clicking here

So there you have it … our 3-step plan and recipe guide to a vibrant, healthy body. For an in-depth plan for success and more motivation than you can imagine, get our book Juice Guru: Transforming Your Life by Adding One Juice a Day (Robert Rose Publishing).  Our book has been used and loved by people all over the world to create and stick with the juice-a-day habit.

Happy juicing! And remember to Juice. Share. Love.

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Best Practices for Juicing

Best Practices for Juicing

Best Practices for Juicing

Best Practices for Juicing

Whether you are juicing for general health, juicing for weight loss or juicing to fight a specific illness, these tips will help you select the best tools, the freshest vegetables and fruits to make your juicing experience a rewarding journey.

When is the best time to fire up your juicer?

Fresh juices should be consumed in the mornings because digestive energy is the lowest in the mornings. Half an hour before breakfast is the best time to drink the fresh juice on an empty stomach. This is helpful to absorb the most nutrients quickly and effectively. You may realize you don’t need a heavy breakfast as this one juice can actually sustain you until lunch time. We find green juices (with celery/ cucumber/ lemon base) works best.

If you are trying to start juicing every day to improve your health, remember to drink the juice as soon as you make it. Fresh juice starts to lose its nutritional value as soon as it is made. For you to get the fullest benefit possible from your juicing efforts, drink your homemade juice immediately after you extract it.

What are the tools needed and how to take care of them?

A great way to make your juicing routine easier is to designate an area on your counter for the process. Make sure everything you need is right there and handy along with your juicing machine. Things you may want near are knives (we like ceramic knives best), peelers, a cutting board (bamboo), and your favorite cup.

It is always best to clean your juicer right after pressing. If not, the pulpy remains will get dry and harder to wash off. You may choose to clean your juicer before drinking the juice so you are ready to relax with your fresh drink.

How to choose fruits and vegetables when juicing?

Don’t buy too many fruits and vegetables at a time if you’re juicing. You might end up buying much more than you will use, and the extra food will decay and go to waste. Experiment with different amounts to see how much juice you drink a day, so you know how much produce you have to buy in advance.

Beware of having too much oxalic acid. If you have a history of kidney stones, gout, osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis, too much oxalic acid may aggravate your symptoms. If sensitive, foods to avoid are spinach, chard, beets and rhubarb. You also have to remember not to combine them, or follow them with foods high in calcium, such as broccoli.

Juicing with the right tools, best produce and most of all, enjoying the whole process, you will definitely see the health benefits of juicing even before you know it.

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Sweet Fruits Without Fear

Sweet Fruits Without Fear

Sweet Fruits Without Fear

Sweet Fruits Without Fear

We can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard people tell us they can’t drink fresh juice because of their fear of that dreaded demon… * sugar *.Orange juice splashing

It certainly is a natural assumption – that sugar in all its various forms is fattening and just plain bad for you.

As early as we can remember, we all recall our parents saying “no” to too many sugary treats….

It’s not good for our health….

It’s fattening….

It will give us a sugar rush, etc., etc.

This one of the top reasons why people say they are afraid to juice.

Well, the science is in and we are happy to announce: Not all sugar is created equal.

In the video below, Dr. Michael Greger lets us in on the latest research: That the sugar in fruit does not cause the same kind of liver damage, hypertension or spikes in insulin and fat releases as other kinds of sugar.

Even better?

Eating fruit sugars in addition to other forms of fructose (so, essentially eating MORE sugar), will similarly even out insulin spikes and fat releases.

It turns out that the fiber in fruit inhibits sugar absorption.

AND…

And this is the most important for juicing fans….

The latest research shows that the phytonutrients in fruit do the same job!

This means that drinking freshly pressed fruit juices does NOT cause the same issues as eating and drinking other sugar-heavy foods and drinks.

So go ahead and juice those grapes, and other sugary natural treats without fear. In fact, here is the recipe for one of our favorite juicy treats.

PINEAPPLE GRAPE GINGER JUICE (a.k.a., the Lemon Drop Candy)

Organic Ingredients:Pineapple Grape Juice Drinker

  • 3 cups red grapes
  • 1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 (1/2 in.) piece peeled fresh ginger

Procedure:

1. In a low-rpm juicer, alternate pressing red grapes, pineapple slices and ginger.
2. Stir and serve immediately.

Far from harming you in any way, this incredible juice will actually help regulate your blood sugar (grapes in particular are low-glycemic). This delicious juice will also:

  • fill you with antioxidants,
  • boost your immunity,
  • aid your digestion,
  • reduce inflammation,
  • boost your cardiovascular system,
  • increase your brain function,
  • protect you against cancer,
  • protect you against aging

All that, and it tastes like a lemon drop candy! (Just don’t drink this elixir more than 3 times a week, or the pineapple could ultimately irritate your stomach).

Here’s to you becoming your own guru.

 

 

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