Since 1997, when I first launched Mercola.com to provide you with the most up-to-date health information, I’ve regularly stressed the importance of including plenty of raw, organic vegetables in your daily diet.
But one of the biggest challenges you face is how to get adequate daily servings of these nutritious vegetables.
Virtually, every health authority recommends you consume at least five servings of both fruits and vegetables per day. Yet, very few people actually satisfy this requirement with sufficient amounts. Even I find myself challenged to do this consistently.
Well, there’s a simple solution to this perplexing problem. It not only can help you get the nutritious veggies you need, but it can also make them more enjoyable.
This solution can help you obtain your daily target for vegetables and save you some time in the process. To me, this is so important I don’t want to waste a second more of your time without cutting right to the chase!
Juicing – Why It Should Be Part of Your Optimal Nutrition Regimen
I believe vegetable juicing is one of the healthiest practices you can do. It’s something I highly recommend as part of your daily regimen to complement a healthful diet.
But juicing fruit is a somewhat different story. While you can certainly juice fruits, it’s something I recommend only in moderation. Most fruit juices simply end up loaded with a ton of sugar because you are removing the valuable fiber which helps lower the absorption of the fructose in the fruit...
There are many reasons why I feel you should consider incorporating vegetable juicing into your optimal nutrition plan. Primarily, because juicing…
- Helps you absorb the nutrients from the vegetables – This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over time. This can limit your body's ability to absorb nutrients from the vegetables.
- Juicing will help to “pre-digest” nutrients so you will receive most of the nutrition, rather than having it flushed down the toilet. However, unless you also eat the pulp, you will be missing out on the fiber that fruit and vegetables provide.
- Allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner – Getting more than five servings of vegetables per day is challenging for everyone. Not only is finding the time an issue, but even just eating the recommended number of servings may be difficult. But a quick glass of vegetable juice can help you achieve the needed servings.
- Encourages a wider variety of vegetables in your diet – Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.
However, with all the anticipated prep and cleanup associated with juicing, many people think it can be a real chore.
But I think you’ll be presently surprised with how quick and easy it can actually be, particularly when you find the right juicer to do most of the work for you. And I’ll let you in on one of my juicing secrets – you don’t have to spend big-time bucks to find what I consider to be a high-quality, efficient juicer.
And here’re some valuable tips on…
Quick and Easy Ways to Efficient Juicing
"I recommend you start juicing with vegetables that are easy to digest and tolerate. If you need a sweeter taste, you can add a lemon or lime, but it's best to avoid high-fructose veggies and fruits (like apples)."
The idea of juicing raw vegetables to maximize your vegetable intake is very compelling. But let’s face it. You probably have a busy schedule, so it’s critical to find the most efficient way to juice.
However, when looking to bulk-juice in advance to save time and be more efficient, this can present some challenges of its own. Vegetable juice is perishable – so it’s best to drink immediately after juicing. But there are some techniques you can use to make it last longer… at least for about a day.
Here’s a handy list to help you get started in juicing, and even some tips for those who have been juicing for some time.
- Start out by juicing vegetables that are easy to digest and tolerate – I recommend celery, fennel (anise), and cucumbers as your starting base. But everyone’s system is a bit unique. So, “listen” to your body when you first start juicing.
- Give organic veggies a priority because they can save you time – With most organic vegetables, you don’t even have to remove the skin (like cucumbers). Plus, organic veggies have been grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
- Try other veggies when your system is ready – Once you feel you’re tolerating celery, fennel, and cucumbers, you can begin adding other leafy vegetables like kale, collards, parsley, dandelion greens, cabbage, endive, lettuce, and most any other dark green leafy vegetable.
Here's a great juicing suggestion that's personally used in our kitchen here at the office.
Depending on the size of the veggies used (preferably organic), this recipe yields about eight to ten 10-ounce glasses of delicious, hearty juice. Enjoy!!!!
2 stalks of celery
1 bundle of collards
1 bundle of kale
½ bag of frozen cranberries
- Be sure to start with small amounts as most of the above vegetables can be quite bitter.
- If you need to make your juice more palatable, juice-in a half lemon or whole lime – I recommend avoiding carrots, beets, or apples because of their high fructose content. Adding lemons or limes can help make the juice easier to drink. If you really need more flavor, certain berries (especially cranberries) contain low amounts of fructose.
- Save time and prepare your juice once for the entire day – If you’re planning on drinking your juice multiple times during the day, you can do everything at once to save time. But I recommend you pour the juice into a glass Mason or Ball jar filled to the top to avoid oxidation. Place it in the refrigerator right away. This will help to potentially retain the nutritional value for the next 12-24 hours.
- Get organized when you’re ready to juice – Get all the vegetables washed and ready to go. Don’t peel or slice anything you don’t have to. With most organic veggies, you can just go ahead and juice them without peeling. Some experienced juicers have the entire process (including cleanup) down to about 10 minutes. If they can do it, so can you.
- Save time in cleanup – If this becomes too big a chore, you’re probably not going to juice. So, find a juicer that’s easy to clean and has the majority of its juicing parts specified as “dishwasher safe.” That way you’ll only need to hand wash a few pieces. Cleanup shouldn’t take much time at all with a high-quality, mostly “dishwasher-safe” juicer.
To me, one of the most important steps in saving time is to get organized. Once you’ve done that, you’ll find that the whole process goes quicker once you get some experience under your belt.
A ‘Nothing Wasted’ Approach
One thing I’ve personally discovered is with the right high-quality juicer, there’s very little wasted from the juiced veggies… and that includes the pulp.
If you’ve not used a juicer before, pulp is a byproduct that’s leftover after you’ve “fed” the veggies through the juicing device. And many folks wonder what to do with the pulp other than throw it away.
Many simply throw the pulp away, but one good way is to recycle it by composting it into your vegetable or ornamental garden.
However, I have an even better solution and that is to eat it. Now, please don’t wrinkle up your nose and fire off a quick “how disgusting” before you hear me out on this.
From a nutritional standpoint, it’s more useful to consume the entire vegetable because the fiber…
- Serves as a prebiotic which can play an important role in your digestion
- Helps create raw fuel for your “good” bacteria to thrive in your GI tract
Here are a few suggestions on how to make the healthy pulp quite appetizing…
- Dress the pulp up with some Himalayan salt and other condiments like balsamic vinegar and crushed red peppers
- Put the pulp in a dehydrator until it is dry and make vegetable pulp crisps
- Add a lightly poached egg over the pulp with some melted, fresh raw butter
These are just some ideas to demonstrate how juicing can turn into a “nothing is wasted” approach with the healthy vegetables you choose to juice. Another important juicing-related issue that I’m often asked about is…
‘How Much Juice Should You Drink?’
As a rule of thumb, I recommend that you get around a pint a day (16 ounces) but you can certainly juice more.
Probably the best approach as I mentioned above, is to juice your full daily amount at a single time for efficiency purposes. It you do that some time in the morning, you can split up drinking it between morning and the afternoon, or even just before dinner.
Even though vegetable juice is perishable, if you store it right after you juice in the frig using a glass Mason jar, or Ball jar filled to the top, it should be good for about 12-24 hours.
However, it’s real important for you to note that vegetable juice has very little protein and virtually no fat. As loaded as the juice is with nutritious vitamins and minerals, by itself, it’s not a complete food and should be used as a complement to your healthy diet and not a total meal substitute. Ideally, it can be consumed with your meal or as a between-meal hearty snack.
Vegetable juice is simply a phenomenal way for you to get healthful amounts of vegetables without having to actually eat what may be a challenging number of suggested servings.
Organics – The Best Way to Go
With juicing, I believe it is always your best choice to go organic whenever possible. However, I realize you might not always be able to find what you need 100% of the time. The vegetables listed below are the ones you should really focus on buying organic… mainly because these are the ones most often loaded with pesticides (according to the Environmental Working Group):
- Collard Greens
- Cucumbers (not as bad if you peel prior to juicing)
You may have noticed that two veggies (celery and cucumbers) on this list are two of the three that I recommend you start juicing with. Most grocery and whole food types of stores have organic vegetables you can use… obviously, the fresher the better. A local farmer’s market can be an even better choice for fresh organic produce.
With all this said about juicing, finding the right high-quality juicer is so important to both save you time and help you reap the nutritional benefits of the juice…
4 Types of Juicers Compared
Finding the right juicer is key in keeping your time and efforts to a minimum. No one, including me, will spend hours prepping, juicing, and cleaning up… it’s just not practical or sustainable. That’s why I focused on finding a juicer that gets the job done efficiently and at a reasonable price.
To see the variety you’re faced with, here’s a handy chart that gives you a closer look at four of the main types of juicers available…
|Centrifugal – Tends to be the most popular and incorporates high speeds to obtain juice from veggies
|| Among the least expensive juicers
|| Noisy due to high speeds
Can have a challenging time extracting juice out of veggies like wheatgrass, spinach, lettuce, and other greens
Potential reliability issues with "cheaper" models
|Triturating – Incorporates twin gears to operate at low speeds
|| Due to low speeds, generates less foam
High-pressure squeezing helps break open tough veggie cell walls to efficiently yield juice
| Can be on the expensive side
|Wheatgrass – Designed for juicing wheatgrass and other leafy greens
|| Does a great job extracting juice from wheatgrass and leafy greens, and is less expensive than others that juice all types of vegetables and fruits.
|| Generally not designed to extract juice from non-leafy vegetables and most fruits
|Masticating – Uses a single auger to chew up vegetables and fruits
|| By operating at low speeds, tends to be quieter, creates less foam, and generally has a long shelf life
A high-quality unit can juice just about anything you might need
| Tends to cost more than cut-rate centrifugal juicers
Overall, I favor the efficiency and affordability of masticating juicers. Triturating juicers are very good as well, but just tend to be more expensive. And I’m not convinced you really get that many added benefits for the higher cost.
I would recommend avoiding cheap centrifugal juicers because I feel you’re not going to be happy with the end result. Plus, their high-speed process is noisy and often causes excessive oxidation of the juice. As far as wheatgrass juicers, if all you want to juice is leafy green veggies and wheatgrass, you can save money by purchasing a juicer designed to just do that. However, if you want a juicer that does more (including non-leafy vegetables and fruits), then I recommend a multi-purpose masticating juicer.
With these different types of juicers in mind, it can be a bit of a mine field out there when trying to decide on your best choice. That’s why I put together a comprehensive checklist I’d like to share with you to help save you time searching for a high-quality juicing solution.
The Ultimate Juicer Selection Checklist
To take advantage of the amazing benefits of juicing, finding the right high-quality juicer can be the difference between you juicing on a regular basis, and doing it once and possibly never again.
Over the years, I’ve spent quite a bit of time comparing a number of different types of juicers. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a high-quality juicer to simply juice wheatgrass and leafy greens or want your juicer to do more, here are what I consider to be some of the most important factors.
A good high-quality, versatile veggie juicer…
- Separates out the insoluble fiber (pulp) – One thing to keep in mind is that a juicer and a blender are not the same. If you use a blender to create your juice, it will be filled up with pulp. Particularly with veggies, you don’t want thick pulp in your juice because to me, it makes it pretty difficult to drink and enjoy. A high-quality juicer will eject the pulp into some sort of receptacle. And as I’ve outlined earlier, there are a few things you can do with the pulp to not waste it.
- Operates at low speed with a reliable motor – Weak machines with lower power output often have to run at very high rpm (revolutions per minute). These high-speed machines tend to be very noisy (hard not to wake up the entire house during early morning juicing). And if you have a juicer with not enough reliable power, when feeding produce into the juicer, the rpm could significantly drop resulting in potential jams and juicer stoppage. Some high-quality wheatgrass juicers don’t use a motor at all. Instead, these juicers take advantage of human energy to keep the cost low and still produce excellent results.
- Incorporates auto-feed mechanism – To help the entire juicing process flow more efficiently, finding a juicer with some sort of auto-feed capability is a must. Instead of having to use a great deal of pressure pushing ingredients into the juicing device, an auto-feed mechanism helps pull the ingredients into the device for more efficient extraction. This can also help you save prep time as well because you won’t have to pre-cut everything up into super small morsels prior to juicing. On the other hand, if all you need is a simple inexpensive wheatgrass juicer, the requirement for an auto-feed mechanism is not a necessity.
- Is EASY to use and clean – When you’re pressed for time and are trying to be as efficient as possible, you need to be able to clean up quickly. Don’t overlook this key factor. Look for a juicer with as few pieces as possible and one that ejects the pulp. The more parts you have that require cleaning, and the more pulp you have to scoop out of the juicer, the more time it will take you to clean up. With a higher-end multipurpose juicer, make sure the majority of juicer parts are dishwasher safe as well. Since less expensive wheatgrass juicers tend to have so few parts and can quickly be cleaned by hand, it may not make as much sense to even bother with a dishwasher.
- Provides flexibility by juicing different types of ingredients – Since we’re focused on vegetable juicing, that’s the number one priority in finding the best juicer. However, if you can find a reasonably priced juicer that will handle all types of juicing chores (fruits, etc), all the better. But if you’re only interested in juicing wheatgrass and leafy green vegetables, look for one that is designed to effectively juice wheatgrass, spinach, kale, and most other leafy greens. You can save some money if that’s your juicing focus.
With all of these factors in mind, I’ve saved you valuable research time by finding two incredible juicers… both which I personally recommend to family and friends alike.
How This Multipurpose Juicer Stands ‘Apart’ from the Rest
The Juice Extractor satisfies all of my selection criteria (and then some) with flying colors. Here are just some of the many remarkable features and associated benefits I’m confident will more than handle your juicing needs…
| Comes in both white and chrome finishes
|| Attractive finishes fit into almost any kitchen décor
| Available in both 120V/60Hz and 220V/50Hz models
|| Provides flexibility in both popular finishes for international use
| Incorporates masticating technology made from durable plastics
|| Single auger design provides one of the best ways to efficiently extract vegetables (and other ingredients)
| Employs low-speed gear technology that runs at 80 RPM
|| Reduces noise and vibration Helps avoid heat buildup
| Incorporates auto-feed design and extraction system
|| Helps make juicing process quick and convenient
Less time required to pre-cut and prepare ingredients prior to juicing
| Provides direction control power switch
|| Forward switch pulls ingredients down into the juicer for extraction and reverse switch pushes ingredients up to prevent clogging
| Separates out the pulp automatically
|| Pulp ejection system separates pulp from juice to provide continuous juicing and a smooth texture
Separate convenient cup provided to capture and hold the pulp
| Assembles and cleans up quickly
|| With very few parts to assemble and clean, juicer is a breeze to use and efficiently keep clean for your next juicing session
Cleaning brush helps you save cleanup time and the majority of juicing parts are top-shelf dishwasher safe
| Provides a "one-stop shop" for all your juicing needs
|| Easily juices vegetables and fruits, and handles wheatgrass and leafy greens with ease
Even grinds coffee and can make homemade pasta in just minutes
7 different nozzles (plus one extra juicing nozzle) included for juicing, mincing, grinding, and making pasta
When you're only interested in just juicing wheatgrass and leafy green vegetables, the Manual Wheatgrass Juicer is perfect for your needs because it:
- Saves you money over higher-priced wheatgrass juicers
- Handles wheatgrass and all types of leafy veggies such as spinach, kale, and parsley with ease
- Is simple to operate
- Separates excess pulp from the juice
- Cleans up in 3 minutes or less with soap and water
- Travels with you quite easily as it's small and only weighs 3.5 pounds.
The Manual Wheatgrass Juicer is your low-cost solution for juicing wheatgrass and leafy greens.
And not only does the Juice Extractor come loaded with all these beneficial features, it’s reasonably priced as well. There are many more expensive juicers out there that I simply feel don’t give you as much "bang for the buck."
In addition, I made doubly-sure my team did not cut any corners when selecting a manufacturer to provide you with one of the best juicers available.
Why a High-Quality Reputable Manufacturer Is Key
It’s one thing to find an incredible juicer like the Juice Extractor that can provide you with so much capability. It’s another thing to make sure the juicer’s high-quality is backed by a reputable manufacturer.
Well, with the Juice Extractor, I believe the quality is second to none from a manufacturer with a solid commitment to excellence.
Here’s some brief background info behind this quality-focused juicer manufacturer…
- Since 1978, this international high-technology company has developed many home appliances for creating healthful food including… juicers, juice extractors, blenders, yogurt makers, food processors, and food dehydrators.
- Further demonstrating its innovative approach to products, the manufacturer of the Juice Extractor holds a combination of over 330 patents and "patents pending" in kitchen and home appliances.
You can rest assured that this manufacturer produces one high-quality juicer for all your juicing needs… or I wouldn’t ever consider recommending it to family and friends.
Get Started Juicing Today!
I truly believe you won’t be disappointed with my Juice Extractor, and will enjoy years of satisfaction making health-promoting beverages you can create yourself at home.
Hands down, the Juice Extractor is the multipurpose juicer I now recommend to family and friends to help them make nutritious vegetable juice and more.
If you’re really serious and committed to starting a juicing regiment today, the Juice Extractor is worth its weight in gold.
At only $235 for the beautiful white/black finished model, and $259 for the very attractive chrome-colored/black-accented model, both are relative bargains when compared to some of the higher priced juicers out there today. With all the advanced technology and added features of the Juice Extractor, these prices are even lower than my previous juicer model!!!
And if you simply want to juice wheatgrass and leafy greens, then I recommend the lower-cost Manual Wheatgrass Juicer to handle your specific needs. Regardless of which juicer fits your needs, Order Today so you can start juicing healthful, life-invigorating vegetables in no time at all!