One of the biggest complaints I hear about juicing, making green smoothies, or healthy lifestyles in general is that it’s time-consuming. And yeah, I get it. Time is money, and activities that involve a lot of moving parts tend to be annoying. However, there are ways to whip up juices and green smoothies that won’t take all morning, and if you can figure out a quick routine that works for you, you’ll be much more likely to juice. Then, in no time at all, the new, healthier you will be speeding around town getting everything done twice as fast.
1. Juicing ≠ McDonald’s drive-through.
First of all, resign yourself to the fact that juicing is going to take some time. Fast food will always be quicker. That’s okay—you’re not looking for a carton of fries anyway.
2. In a pinch, use pre-prepared veggies.
If you’re having an extra-hectic week (or year, for that matter) but still need to get your juicing in, don’t guilt yourself for buying pre-prepared veggies. They’ll shoot through the juicer in no time, and all you’ll have left is cleanup (I’ll get to that part in a second). Snag a package of cut and washed kale, baby carrots, and pre-cut fruit. Buy organic so you don’t have to feel guilty for not giving them a second wash.
3. Or be super-responsible and prep your veggies after the grocery store.
You know, wash and cut your vegetables into neat little sticks, clean your fruit, and prepare everything to be run through the juicer. It’s the adult thing to do.
4. Juice with the skins on.
This is a whole ‘nother post for a different day, but right now, let me just say this: in bright-colored fruits and vegetables, that’s where the majority of the nutrients reside. Plus, it saves time–no peeling required.
5. Get a workable clean-up system going.
My old roommate had the perfect cleaning tool for her Champion juicer. It was a long, oval-shaped scrub brush, and it fit perfectly through all the Champion’s parts, making cleanup a total breeze. A bit of advice: buy whatever sponge or scrubber you need to make cleaning your juicer reeeeally really easy. I recommend filling up a mixing bowl with hot soapy water, dumping the juicer parts in there, scrubbing off the pulp, a quick rinse, and you’re done. I can do it in two minutes tops. Can you?