Friday, November 27, 2015

Juicing Tips for Beginners

Are you ready to try juicing? It’s not hard and it doesn’t take a lot of time, especially if you have some help.

Juicing is a great way to get you daily servings of fruits and vegetables if you’re a person on the go. Use the healing properties of food and improve your health today with juicing!

Let’s get started.

Juicing Tips for Beginners #1

Juicing Tips for Beginners #1

Selecting your juicer. Are you going to be juicing leafy greens like spinach, kale and lettuce? I recommend you do, because those ingredients are very nutritious. The best type of juicer for leafy greens is a masticating juicer like the Omega J8004. It juices fruit great too. The other type of juicer is a centrifugal juicer. That’s the type I started out with. In the beginning I juiced a lot of carrots, apples, oranges, pineapple, and grapefruit. Lets not forget watermelon! My centrifugal worked great but I outgrew it after about a year. It just didn’t do a very good job on leafy greens, so I felt I was wasting too much. Along came my Omega J8004 and I haven’t stopped juicing since.

Recommendations for juicers:

Masticating – Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer (Best overall in my opinion)

Masticating Vertical –Omega VRT330S 80RPM Masticating Juicer (Choose the VRT350 for a heavy duty screen, but at a higher cost)

Centrifugal – Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor (Good all around juicer, lowest price, but not good for leafy greens)

Juicing Tips for Beginners #2

Juicing Tips for Beginners #2

Once you have a juicer, find delicious recipes. Keep them simple at first and make one’s that you know you’ll like. You can experiment with powerful ingredients like garlic and cilantro later. There are so many websites with so many recipes it’s hard to know which to choose from. That’s why I recommend getting a book on juicing and juicing recipes. When I started, I started simple. I had some free software that gave me some excellent suggestions. You can find it here.

Once I had exhausted the software I started buying books. I also found a few good simple recipes on websites, but I was cautious. Many are so complicated that I knew I didn’t want to make them and many have ingredients that are way too hard or impossible to find. Below are a few good books that will help you get started.

Before going to the grocery store, use your list of recipes and make a grocery list of what you’ll need. This will simplify things. Buy organic when possible and buy the freshest produce. If you’re able to, grow your own. That’s the best way!

Recommendations for books:

The Juicing Bible

Juicing, Fasting, and Detoxing for Life: Unleash the Healing Power of Fresh Juices and Cleansing Diets

The Healthy Juicer’s Bible: Lose Weight, Detoxify, Fight Disease, and Live Long (Excellent for beginners)

Juicing Tips for Beginners #3

Juicing Tips for Beginners #3

Let’s get juicing! Prepare and area for juicing and preparing your produce. My juicer sits close to my sink and garbage disposal. I also sometimes use a colendar for rinsing.

To wash your produce all you need is fine-grain sea salt and water! First, wash the fruit or vegetable with water. Prepare the solution in a large bowl (or sink) by mixing one teaspoon of sea salt to each cup of water and stir it to dissolve the salt. Soak your produce for two minutes. (Scrub with a vegetable brush) Rinse the produce under fresh water, pat dry.

Cut up your produce for your juicer. Mine needs to be cut up fairly small since I have a narrow chute (Omega J8004).

When juicing, alternate between hard and soft produce. This will help keep it from clogging.

If you have leftovers, like I almost always do, store it in airtight mason jars, then refrigerate. You can keep them up to 24 hours and it’ll still be fresh. I’ve found that the juice I make in my Omega J8004 stores longer, and tastes better longer than what I make in my Breville JE98XL.

That it for juicing tips for beginners. Simple enough huh? Have fun juicing!

More Reading:

Omega J8004 Review

Breville JE98XL Review

The Juicing Bible Review

Juicing Recipes

On a side note, I’ve also been guest blogging on another site. See my article, “Why You Should Avoid Processed Foods”

Juicing Tips for Beginners

Reasons To Juice

reasons to juiceWhat are some good reasons to juice? Without a doubt it’s good for your body. FRESH fruit and vegetable juice will give your body the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals it needs to heal, be stronger and feel better. FRESH juice contains more available nutrients and enzymes than chewed raw food.

Reasons To Juice


Here’s a reason to juice: Phytonutrients are natural compounds found in fruits and vegetables and have been proven to be beneficial to human health and help the body fight disease. Some claim they can slow the aging process by reducing the negative effects of aging. Nothing will keep you from getting older, but FRESH fruit and vegetable juice makes it easier. Phytonutrients protect you from high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, many forms of cancer, and a whole host of other illnesses. Phytonutrients also fight free radicals. Free radicals cause deterioration of our healthy cells. When we drink fresh juices with phytonutrients they will activate a group of enzymes that will go around and clean up free radicals in the body before they can do any harm. Just like antioxidants. Actually, many phytonutrients are anti-oxidant.


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Here’s another good reason to juice: Carotenoids also act like antioxidants in your body. Carotenoids provide the yellow, red and orange colors in fruits and vegetables. That’s why I always say make your meal colorful and when juicing do the same. That way you’re sure to get a balanced amount of these fabulous free radical fighters. There are many types of carotenoids: Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopene and lutein. They are good for your body!

People have lots of reasons to juice and new discoveries are being made constantly on the benefits of juicing and eating raw food. I would like to share them with you. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Thank you for reading and Juice On!


Articlesbase: Phytochemicals in Fruit and Vegetable Juice What is Phytochemical/Phytonutrient?

WebMD: Phytonutrients

Reasons To Juice

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Juice Fast – 48 Hour Juice Cleanse Morning Day 2

On day two of my juice fast I woke up a little bit later than usual. It’s Sunday and I don’t have to work today. I prefer doing my juice fasts on days that I don’t work. It just makes things go smoother.

Immediately after waking I drink a tall glass of cool purified water. Just to get things going. Then I read and start to prepare for juicing my breakfast. This morning I think I’ll have my Energy Shake and a little Orange/Carrot Juice. See recipes below.

From the book Juicing for Life: A Guide to the Benefits of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juicing: “Bulking agents such as psyllium seed husks are used commonly as mucilaginous bulk laxatives. One or two teaspoons can be added to a glass of juice once or twice a day. This can be a very helpful aid to elimination during the juice fast (cleansing fast).”

Juice Fast – Breakfast Day 2

8:00 AM – Energy Shake – Handful parsley, 4-6 carrots, greens removed, parsley sprig for garnish. Bunch up parsley and push through juicer with carrots. Garnish with sprig of parsley. Makes approx. 8 ounces. – Orange/Carrot Juice – 2 oranges, 1 carrot, greens removed. Push oranges through juicer with carrot pieces alternating between the two. Makes approx. 10 ounces. 

juice fast - orange-carrotjuice fast - energy shake

Juice Fast – Mid Morning Snack

Just a little herbal tea as mentioned in Juicing for Life: A Guide to the Benefits of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juicing. I chose chamomile tea.

Words of caution: Diabetics should seek a doctors approval before trying a juice fast. You can fast from 1 to 5 days anytime you like, but if you fast for longer than 5 days, I recommend you seek a heath care professionals supervision.

Watch for my next article on Day 2, lunch and dinner.

Thanks for visiting Prime Juicers and remember, “There’s no-thing better for your body than fresh fruit and vegetable juice!”

Sources for this article include:

Juicing for Life: A Guide to the Benefits of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juicing


Juice Fast – 48 Hour Juice Cleanse Morning Day 2

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Review

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain

This is one of the best juicers available on the market today. I’ve read  a lot about juicers and I’ve read a lot of reviews, and this is an exceptional juicer. It’s not overpriced and it’s highly recommended by purchasers.  You can usually pick up a used one or remanufactured one at a good discount too. The Breville 800 JEXL juicer is one of the highest rated with 1,580 customer reviews and a solid 4.5 star rating. You can view this juicer and more in my Amazon Associate Store or go directly to Amazon —> Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor

Product Description

The Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite with 1000 watts is super efficient. This model has an Italian made electronic motor that increases power under yield to maintain filter revolutions. It has two speeds for soft and hard fruits and a three inch feed tube which minimizes preparation and feeding time. Beautifully designed stainless die cast steel housing and motor body makes it a work of art on the countertop. While juicing, you may notice juice escaping between the plastic juicer cover and the stainless steel filter bowl surround. Try pushing the Food Pusher down more slowly and using the low speed. When large quantities of fruits and vegetables, especially those with high water content such tomatoes and watermelon, are fed into the Feed Chute at a rapid rate, the stainless steel filter basket coverts these into juice so quickly that the force may cause leaking.

If you have this juicer, what are your thoughts on it?

What Others Say: Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Review

420 of 423 people found the following review helpful.
5This juicer is perfect if you’re like me………………

By Toast

We want to juice quickly and get on with our day.

I’m not a vegan, i’m not a juicing purist, or is interested in the centrifugal vs masticating debate. I just want to increase my health by drinking one big glass of fresh juice and get on with my life.

I’ve owned other juicers, but this one is a monster. At high speed, it’s loud no doubt, but it’s power is without equal. I make a monster glass of juice (close to a quart) with 7 fruits and vegetables. It rips through all of them as if it were a joke. All the vegetables take about a minute, then i’m done.

Now cleaning does take much longer than juicing, but the machine is made so well, that it’s incredibly easy. It also works out perfect for me, because while i’m slowly consuming my juice, I wash out the parts by hand. You may think this machine is a lot of money, but if you want to have a juicer with real speed and a strong motor, this is the way to go. Not only that, but it’s very attractive to look at as well. This is money well spent in my opinion, and i’m glad I took the advice of other customers on this website.


Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Review

Monday, November 23, 2015

Amazing Quercetin In Apples

protein, granny smith appleI use apples in almost all of my juice recipes. I also eat apples raw, stewed and baked. There are so many different kinds and so many flavors, I’ll never get tired of them. One of my favorites is the Granny Smith Apple. It’s crisp, juicy, has freckled green skin, is sweetly tart and excellent for juicing. It also contains less sugar than red (gala) apples. It’s grown in New Zealand, Australia, California and Arizona so usually available year-round. Refrigerated storage time: 240 days. Wow!


Benefits Of Quercetin

Here are some potential benefits of quercetin. Quercetin may help fight cell-damaging free radicals and quercetin is a flavonoid that may stave off viruses when the body is under stress. Flavonoids give color to many fruits, flowers and vegetables. Quercetin may also significantly improve the symptoms associated with two forms of prostatitis, chronic nonbacterial prostatitis and prostadynia. When consumed, it acts as an antioxidant in the body.

The apple contains a high concentration of quercetin at approximately 440mg/kg and apples are very common in juicing recipes. The consumption of apples give the body a boost of antioxidants. It’s well known that antioxidants rid the body of free radicals that damage cells and cause health issues such as heart disease, cancer and premature aging.

Here’s a delicious recipe: Apple Fresh

Serves 2 people

  • 3 apples (granny smith)

  • 1 cup of red grapes

  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)

I enjoy adding an apple to my green juices, it just makes them more palatable for me. I only have to wash and slice them in half, then juice. It’s so easy. I also love the taste of fresh apple juice by it’s self and I think you’ll agree with me that it’s a beneficially amazing fruit. So get your apples out and ready to juice. Juice to your health!


Livestrong: Foods With the Highest Content of Quercetin

Amazing Quercetin In Apples

Apple, Beet, Pear Fruit Juice Recipe

UPDATE: The Apple, Beet, Pear Fruit Juice recipe comes from The Juicing Bible. Most of my recipes come from books I’ve purchased and some come from a FREE juice suggestion software program. I modify the recipes for my taste and you can too!

I also find recipes online and some get sent to me by fellow bloggers and followers. Whenever possible I credit the source.

apple, beet, pear fruit juiceFresh Juice: Apple, Beet, Pear Fruit Juice Recipe

As I said, this recipe (apple, beet, pear) comes from the book, The Juicing Bible. I really have enjoyed this book and use it for reference quite frequently. So if you can, I recommend you have a copy for yourself. Here’s the Apple, Beet, Pear recipe with a slight modification (remove lemon peel) of my own. Actually the book does mention to remove the lemon peel in another chapter, but I want to make it a point in this recipe. Leave as much of the pith (white stuff) as possible. As with other citrus fruit, the pith contains pectin and bioflavonoids, which help the body to absorb vitamin C. I find lemon peel too bitter for my taste, especially when juiced in the Omega J8004 Masticating Juicer.

This is a delicious recipe and I love the bit of foam on top. On this recipe anyway.

Before juicing I didn’t like fresh beets, but juicing has really expanded my taste. I love raw, fresh beet juice now.

This is a simple recipe and very enjoyable to make. Try it, you’ll like it!

Serves 2 people

  • 2 apples

  • 1 pear

  • 3 beets (small to medium, with tops)

  • 1/2 lemon (peeled)

  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger root (optional)

apple, beet, pear fruit juice

I start with the ginger root, then the lemon and after those have gone through I process the rest in my juicer. My reason to start with the ginger root and lemon is that I want to get all that I can out of it, since it’s such a tiny amount. I think juicing them first will allow the rest, as it pushes through, to capture any residual ginger root and lemon left in the auger. 

Some people like to juice the lemon last because it helps clean and freshen the juicer parts. Personal preference I suppose. As I see it there’s really no right way or wrong way when it comes to this. Experiment and enjoy.

If you have a juice recipe you’d like to share with me, please contact me. I’ll be sure to give credit where credit is due. As always, thanks for reading and happy juicing!

Sources for this article include:

Apple, Beet, Pear Fruit Juice Recipe

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Zen Dragonfly | Spinach, Lettuce, Pear, Apple, Strawberry Juice

The Zen Dragonfly comes from the book The Healthy Juicer’s Bible written by Farnoosh Brock. I highly recommend this wonderful juicing book. It has many delicious recipes.

Zen Dragonfly

Do you like strawberries in your juices? If so, that’s great, because The Zen Dragonfly consists of 8-10 strawberries. I was a little hesitant to add strawberries to this green juice, but it turned out very well.

I’m always a little cautious to put anything other than apple and/or pear into my green juices, but Farnoosh knows what she’s making here.

You can just taste the strawberries and it gives it a very good flavor. I also detected the delicious taste of the Granny Smith apple.

This drink also has a beautiful green color. You can’t go wrong here. Gorgeous, Tasty and Nutritious!

 Zen Dragonfly

Makes approximately 20 ounces

  • 2-3 cups baby or regular spinach

  • A small head of Romaine lettuce ( I used 5 or 6 big leaves)

  • 1 medium pear

  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple

  • 8-10 strawberries (sometimes mine aren’t the sweetest, but I got lucky this time)

Zen Dragonfly

Update: Buy organic strawberries or grow them yourself. Strawberries are known to be one of the most highly pesticide sprayed fruits. One report found 36 types of pesticides on strawberries. Out-of-season, imported strawberries are the most risky. But organic or homegrown strawberries are healthy. They are among the fruits and vegetables ranked highest in health-promoting antioxidants.

Thank you again for reading and please let me know what you think of this recipe by commenting below. I try to keep the recipes simple.


The Healthy Juicer’s Bible

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Zen Dragonfly | Spinach, Lettuce, Pear, Apple, Strawberry Juice