Juicing may seem like a simple process and it is. However, a lot can depend on the juicer you use. It is easy to have every juice you make taste great and be packed full of nutrients. Well, easy if you have the right juicer. Whether you prefer a masticating juicer, or a centrifugal juicer, make sure that the one you buy will meet your needs.

If you don’t want to spend too much time preparing your fruit and veg for juicing, then you probably want a centrifugal juicer. Check out these reviews and bear in mind that there is just one factor you should always consider and that is the motor size. Once you have found your ideal juicer, you are ready to make some juice.

Herbs and Spices

Many people don’t even consider adding herbs or spices to their juices. Herbs and spices such as cayenne, cinnamon, ginger and mint are a great way to add some extra flavor to your juice. Different herbs and spices work best with different fruits and vegetables. For example, cinnamon goes very well with apple while cayenne perfectly complements red vegetables. Mint works well with citrus fruits so try a freshly squeezed orange and mint juice in the morning. Start experimenting and you’ll quickly find what mixtures you love.

Try Something New

We tend to stick with what we know and the same can be said of juicing. Often, we will only juice certain fruits and vegetables. Those that we know we like. By doing this you’re seriously limiting the nutritional benefit you can get from juicing. So be creative, try juicing new fruits and vegetables and enjoy the different nutrients they have to offer.

Clean Your Juicer Straight After Juicing

It’s so tempting to leave the cleaning till later. By doing this you risk staining your juicer. Also the leftover pulp can harden which makes the cleaning more difficult. So cleaning your juicer immediately after juicing is the quickest and easiest option.

Don’t Juice Low Water Fruits

Low water fruits such as avocados and bananas do not juice well. They clog up your juicer and give little to no juice. If you want these fruits in your juices, finely blend them and then add them to the finished juice.

Organic Fruits & Vegetables

Where possible, try to buy organic fruits and vegetables.Buying organic may cost a little more but it does make a big difference to the taste of the finished juice and so is a worthwhile investment.

Drink More Vegetables

Fruits contain more fructose and calories than vegetables. By focusing on vegetables you can lower the total calorie count of your juice without missing out on any nutrients. Aim to make your juice with no more than 30% fruit. That way, you’ll get enough sweetness while also keeping the total calories under control.

Keep the Motor Running

One mistake many people make when juicing is that they turn off the juicer as soon as all the fruit and veg is juiced. If you keep the juicer running a bit longer, you’ll find that more juice comes out.

Line the Juicer’s Pulp Basket

The pulp basket is often the most difficult and time consuming part of the juicer to clean. You can help yourself by lining the pulp basket with a plastic bag. This reduces the amount of time you struggle removing the pulp and cuts down your cleaning time significantly.

Use the Plunger

Centrifugal juicers come with a plunger to push the fruit and veg down into the juicer. Even if you own a powerful juicer, using the plunger ensures that you get the maximum juice out of the fruits and vegetables. For best results, plunge the fruits and vegetables down half way, re-fill the chute and repeat until all your fruit and veg is juiced.

Making a good juice doesn’t need to be difficult. If you follow these tips, you’ll be making great tasting juice every time. As you can now make your clean up even easier, you will make juice more often too, and that can only be a good thing. Use your juicer regularly and experiment a little and you will soon notice a difference in your general health and well-being.