Seven Juicing Pro Tips

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Juicing is a great way to help maintain a healthy weight and diet. But the actual nuts and bolts of juicing aren’t something that most of us were taught at a young age. While most kids grow up with a toaster oven in the house, and thus learn how to use it in the natural course of life, a juicer is somewhat more exotic. So here are seven tips that’ll simplify all of your juicing endeavors.

Seven Juicing Tips

1 Wash! Even if the fruits and veggies you’re using are organic and shouldn’t have pesticides on them, they may still have bits of dirt clinging on for dear life. Gritty juice is no fun, so make a habit of washing everything prior to juicing – it’ll take two minutes.

2 Eat Shoots and Leaves. Don’t be afraid of the leafy parts – many of the nutrients found in plants reside in these areas. Plus, it’ll help you get your money’s worth out of produce. A notable exception is carrot greens – stay away from these, as they have some toxic properties.

3 No Pits. Peaches, mangos, plums and cherries are some of the more common pitted produce out there. Remove the pits before they ruin your juicer!

4 Peel Citrus. Make sure that the whitish layer closest to the inner fruit stays on during juicing, but remove the rest of the skin as it can be quite bitter.

5 Know Your Juicer’s Capacity. Be sure to cut and feed produce in a manner that your juicer can handle. It’s better to spend time cutting pieces smaller and feeding them slower – otherwise you risk burning out the motor on your juicer.

6 Avoid Overripe. Produce which is overripe contains fewer nutrients. Plus, it’s more difficult to cut without making a mess.

7 Have a Juicing Buffer. Start your juicer at least 30 seconds prior to juicing – this’ll give the blade ample time to get up to speed. When you’ve finished juicing, allow the juicer to run for several more seconds – this’ll ensure that all possible juice has been extracted from the pulp in the machine.

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