We’ve all been there – you’re excited to get your juicing on and eagerly feed huge chunks of fruits and vegetables into the juicer, only to plug the thing up. Trust me, I have been there more than once in my life, because that’s what juicing does – it gets us so excited that we forget to chop our fruits and vegetables into sizes that our juicers can handle.
But I’m here to prevent this from happening to you or I ever again!
How to feed your juicer properly
Most juicers, unless commercial grade, appreciate it greatly when you cut fruits and vegetables into bite sized pieces. Think of feeding your juicer as you would think of yourself – do you want to eat food that forces you to chew with your mouth open? Didn’t think so! Juicers are the same.
Generally speaking, juicers fare rather well with leafy greens, so there isn’t too much cutting that is required. But for your own ease of use, I would give them a rough chop. When juicing things such as root vegetables that are tough and porous, feed them individually through the juicer. That will ensure there won’t be clogs. Fruits and vegetables that should be cut into juicer friendly pieces are:
Citrus fruits require particular attention, not because of their rough outer skins, but because those skins must be removed. The white part, called the pith, is incredibly bitter, and it’s made even more bitter when pulverized by juicing. If you feed the whole citrus fruit into your juicer, your juice creation will be ruined and your efforts will be wasted.
Your juicer can take a beating!
Now with all this said, don’t be afraid to push the limits of your machine. You never truly know what your juicer can handle until you put it to the test. If you can minimize the amount of work that you have to put in prior to actually juicing, you increase your likelihood of sticking with your healthy habits. Besides, cleaning up after juicing is work enough, so the least amount of prep required, the better.
Currently I am obsessed with this green lemonade - it’s full of antioxidants that make our cells feel amazing. The only prep that is required is the peeling of the lemon and cutting of the apple. Other than that, this is full of user friendly greens!
- 1 lemon
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 granny smith apple
- 1 cucumber
Peel the lemon and chop the apple, kale and cucumber into juicer friendly pieces. Feed it all through a juicer and drink immediately.