I was thinking about getting a juicer. I've heard how it can be very nutritious to juice fruits and vegetables. Does anyone here use a juicer? Which juicers do you recommend? I'm not sure if we're allowed to post names of juicers or not?
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It's websites and personal information that we're not allowed to post. The brand names of appliances shouldn't be a problem. I have a juicer. It's called The Juiceman Jr. and can be found in Target. They usually run around 50 to 60 bucks. Worth every penny. They are very good for you and you can get more nutrition packed in one glass of juice than you can eating the fruit. The downfall is because you can pack more than you can eat in one drink, you are going to get more calories from the juice than if you were going to simply eat the fruit straight. Plus there is a lot of sugar in it and no fiber. But it's the best and most natural sugars your body can intake so I would say have a glass or two a day but no more than that. The rest of your diet should consitute at least 50% of raw produce.
Best juice combos? Hmmmm. Well I personally like filing up half a glass with carrot juice, then throwing in an apple or two, one celery stalk stick, and a handful of parsley. Bruce Lee used to drink this specific concoction so you know it had to be healthy! LOL
Another one you can try is straight orange juice. Get yourself a potato peeler and just peel the outer orange skin, trying to leave as much of the white underneath it on cause that is where over 90 percent of the food value resides. Yep, no joke. That white part that people throw out is valuable vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Peel as many oranges as it takes to fill one glass. It's a treat!
My personal favorite is one orange, and then half with grape juice, and the rest with strawberry juice! Man it's tasty! ...and good for you too! All that vitamin C!!! Mmmmmmmmmmmm
I used to use a juicer (it was a Juiceman Jr. too) and I thought it was great, but you still lose a lot of nutrients in throwing away all of the fiber.
I switched to using only a VitaMix, which I've had for a year now. It is not exactly a juicer, but will turn whole produce into juice, fiber and all, providing a more nutiritious cup of juice than any juicer ever will. I think it's amazing how versatile this appliance is, all of the food I now prepare comes directly from whole food. I now get whole grains and grind them into flour as needed, make fresh soups from whole ingredients in minutes, and make lots of healthy "desserts" and snacks.
The VitaMix is also as easy to clean as a mason jar- no more scrubbing-rinsing-brushing vegetable fiber out of a metal strainer that has to be replaced every so often. It is a little on the pricey side, but WORTH EVERY PENNY!! Think about it like this, can you really put a price on your health?
My personal favorite would have to be pineapple/apple/strawberry/carrot/grape juice.
About how much does the Vitamix cost? Can I buy it at some stores, or only order it over the phone/internet? Can you put a whole piece of fruit into the Vitamix like an apple? Or do you have to slice it first?
I got my Vitamix online and I paid around $500, but that was with some extra things. I think by itself it's between $3-400.
I've never seen it in any stores, only online. It is better if you cut up the food before you put it in. But it doesn't have to be cut as much as a regular juicer because it looks similar to a blender.
I agree. The Vitamix is the best thing in the world!! I use mine every morning.
I start with fruit (not too much, it's high in sugar) like blueberries (highest antioxidant fruit around) and may add half an orange or grapefruit. Then I add my greens- broccoli, Swiss chard. Then some flax seed (fiber,) hemp seed (protein,) fish oil (DHA,) ice, and Stevia (sweetener.)
Blend for 40 secs. And it tastes like a blueberry shake! I get all the fiber and greens and vitamins, and it tastes great. It has definitely improved my health.
Mine was around $500 also. But so worth it. I ordered mine through the company, but I've seen them at the Big E. (That's a big fair-type deal we have here on the East coast.) I've never seen them in regular stores though.
I highly, highly recommend one if you're going the juicer route.
First of all the vitamix is not a juicer...it is a high tech blender that is capable of pureeing fruits and vegetables into liquid....you are getting the pulp...so your digestive system is not getting the same break as it does when you dump real juice down it. Don't get me wrong, we have a vitamix and it is wonderful- it is the best blender in the world- great for smoothies, soups, and even nut butters, but it is NOT a juicer. If you are planning on following juicing recipes found in health books or other places, you need a real juicer...the juiceman is not a bad place to start...especially if you are a beginner. It is easy to clean and use- beginner friendly. However, if you are going to be juicing for more than two people more than twice a day- the juiceman is probably not the way to go...you need something a little more advanced.