My Best Juicing Advice – Keep It Simple

Written by Max Goldberg on June 18, 2013. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

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Ever since I launched the Pressed Organic Juice Directory a few months ago, people have been constantly asking me what I drink for juice.

In terms of pressed organic juice, I prefer green juice in a glass bottle. However, sometimes glass is not available. And sometimes straight green juice is not available either. Usually, this means that a juice bar has added apple for sweetness.

Despite the fact that I have plenty of places to buy pressed organic juice in my neighborhood, I have not abandoned juicing at home.  And I never will.

Juicing at home is essential because the juice is made with our own hands, energy, and love. The importance of this cannot be emphasized enough and definitely has an impact on the quality of juice that enters our body.

Furthermore, when we make juice, it is EXACTLY how we want it to be, and we can be sure that it has been properly washed and cleaned.

If you’re new to juicing or haven’t juiced in a while (maybe your juicer is sitting on your kitchen counter and hasn’t been touched in weeks or months – raise your hand if that is you!), here is my best advice – keep it simple.

Don’t let the excuse of not having enough time or not having a good juicing recipe get in your way. You don’t need 17 ingredients or fancy herbs to make a great-tasting, high quality juice.

Just make the time and also make it very easy on yourself.

So, here’s what you can do.

1) Buy one of the following for your base: celery or cucumber.

2) Buy one leafy green, such as kale, romaine, or dandelion. Or, you could buy carrots instead.

3) Buy lemon, lime, ginger, or apple to add some taste.

#2 and #3 are completely optional. This could be a one-ingredient juice, such as celery juice.

But don’t think for one second that celery juice doesn’t have real value because it is not a dark, leafy green. It does. Celery has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties, is a great source of phytonutrients, and aids in digestion.

Do yourself a favor and commit to making juice for yourself tomorrow. Why?

Because I promise you that your body and mind will feel so incredibly energized if you do.

And, of course, make sure the vegetables that you buy are organic.

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If you don’t have a juicer at home, here are three juicers that I recommend. Not surprisingly, the quality of juicer has a lot to do with the price.

Breville JE98XL – a good starter juicer for people new to juicing. Since this is a centrifugal juicer, make sure that you drink the juice immediately. If not, it will oxidize quickly and you’ll lose important enzymes. To purchase this juicer, click HERE.

Omega J6008 – a GREAT juicer if you’re looking to move up one level in quality from a centrifugal juicer. This Omega uses a single auger mechanism to masticate the juice and doesn’t take up much room on the counter. This machine makes excellent juice, and clean-up time is under five minutes. I’m a big fan. Drink the juice within 15 minutes of juicing. To purchase this juicer, click HERE.

Green Star 1000 – a twin-gear juicer which makes phenomenal juice. If you are serious about juicing and know that you are ready to make a real commitment to it, this is a fantastic pick. I have had it for about 5 years and love it. Drink the juice within 15 minutes of juicing. To purchase this juicer, click HERE.

Whatever juicer you have, even if it is a $2,500 Norwalk machine, the less time between when the juice is made and when you drink it, the better.

Lastly, if you are juicing at home or whenever you are preparing vegetable, MAKE SURE that you are using a fruit and vegetable wash. The only one that I use and recommend is from Vermont Soap Organics. To purchase this product, click HERE.

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38 Comments

  1. “Do yourself a favor and commit to making juice for yourself tomorrow. Why?
    Because I promise you that your body and mind will feel so incredibly energized if you do.”

    I completely agree and highly recommend juicing. My wife and I began juicing October 2012. We make juice in the morning for breakfast and over the past 8 months neither of us have caught a cold, we both lost weight and we feel much more energetic.

    Written by Erbs on June 18, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
  2. Hi Erbs,

    So fantastic to hear!! Great to see how committed you are to juicing.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 18, 2013 @ 4:28 pm
  3. I love what you said about the importance of juicing at home. I am one of those people who love to buy freshly pressed juice at my neighbordhood health food store, despite the wisdom of your words.
    Unfortunately, my lovely home juicer just sits “lonely” on my kitchen counter–covered against the dirt and dust–unused and unloved. I hope to change this habit soon and start juicing at home again. Your post has inspired me.

    Written by Deborah Davis on June 18, 2013 @ 4:29 pm
  4. I completely agree! I have been juicing for about 2 years now and when I started I was juicing so many things and it ended up becoming such a chore. I now do lemon, ginger, chard or kale, cucumber, and one large beet. So much easier and still delicious and great for you.
    On a related note, I always put a healthy pinch or two of pulp back in to add fiber. Any thoughts on the importance of this? I had read it a while back and it made sense to me, so I keep doing it. Luckily I am not one who is picky about texture :)
    Thanks!

    Written by Tara on June 18, 2013 @ 4:30 pm
  5. Good day Max!

    Great post for folks new to the practice of drinking fresh pressed organic juice and so helpful for folks who are interested in exploring juicing at home and what to look for in selecting a juicer.

    All the best,
    stephanie

    Written by stephanie haughey on June 18, 2013 @ 4:39 pm
  6. Thank you Deborah, and I am so happy that this post has inspired you!!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 18, 2013 @ 4:50 pm
  7. Hi Tara,

    So great to hear!

    Pulp: In my view, the point of juicing is to not have the fiber. You can get fiber from other foods. You want the body’s focus to be on maximum nutrient absorption. Others may disagree but that’s my take on it.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 18, 2013 @ 4:53 pm
  8. If you want juice and only have a blender, try this: Go to Home Depot and get five gallon paint strainer bag (Just like cheese cloth, but much easier to use). In your blender, put grapes about 2/3 full; then add celery and romaine lettuce and small amount of kale. If you don’t add to much greens all at once, it will blend. Blend for a couple of minutes.

    Put paint strainer bag on top of large bowl, pour blended mass into the bag. Then grab the bag with your hands and seal it off with one hand, and SQUEEZE!! SQUEEZE with the other hand. Keep working the mass down as it shrinks, in a sort of “cow milking” motion.

    You cannot juice carrots this way. With other things besides grapes you have to add water. But one way to make great juice this way, is get a green coconut, and pour the water into the blender then add, apples, grapes, greens, etc. Green coconut water is a great beverage in it’s own right.

    Rinse the bag, rinse the blender and you are done.

    Written by Douglas Gray on June 18, 2013 @ 4:58 pm
  9. Hi,

    I’m curious why you did not recommend a Vitamix? I’m considering what I want to buy and it comes highly recommended.

    Thank you.

    Written by Nancy F. on June 18, 2013 @ 8:11 pm
  10. I also use celery root, and munch on it raw, especially to fight off viruses and boost immunity. It is shocking how well it works e.g. when you start having a sore throat. Take a good piece three times a day and it will be gone in no time.

    Written by Hana on June 19, 2013 @ 11:31 am
  11. Thank you for great post, Max! I like to drink juices, but sometimes it takes too much time to prepare your home juice. You need to bring a lot of fruits or vegetables and from these you get only one glass of fresh juice. After that you need to clean your juicer. If not all of these, I would be doing much more juices today.

    Written by David on June 19, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
  12. Is juicing really that much better for you than green smoothies? What do you do with the leftover pulp? I’ve been drinking green smoothies for about 6 months now and tried juicing once but my juicer has sat in my kitchen cupboard ever since due to feeling like I’m wasting too much of the fruits and veggies, and the time it takes to clean everything up.

    Written by AnnaLaura Brown on June 19, 2013 @ 11:06 pm
  13. Great post, Max. I agree with you that folks need to keep things as simple as possible.The idea is to incorporate juicing into daily nutrition. The right juicer that is easy to clean can help to make it easy and keep it a hassle-free process. And no fruit or veggie will be without health benefits – start with something familiar that you like. No need to put together complicated combinations. Use what works for you.

    I have never worried about the fiber – as you say, that is exactly the point of juicing. And the valuable soluble fiber is retained anyway. It is only the insoluble part that is lost, which is precisely why juicing is so great for us in terms of nutrient absorption.

    Written by Rika Susan on June 20, 2013 @ 5:13 am
  14. Max,
    I’m so glad I decided to spring clean my email inbox today and found an email from Kathy Pasternak (of Doeville: the Movie) mentioning you and this site.
    I took a chance at re-growing the celery from my CSA farm share on little dishes in my kitchen window over the winter.

    The chance worked, and I’ve got tons of delicious celery taking over one of my raised beds. We can eat some, and our composting pigs can eat some, but adding celery to the CSA farm share kale is a fabulous idea.

    Thanks!

    Written by Kirsten on June 20, 2013 @ 8:22 am
  15. Thanks so much Stephanie!!!

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 20, 2013 @ 11:03 am
  16. Hi Nancy,

    First off, a Vitamix is a blender, not a juicer. You will make green smoothies with it, not green juice. Second, in terms of blenders, I prefer the Blendtec. It has a very powerful motor and takes up much less space on the countertop. Each blender is good but this is more of a personal preference.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003TPK3K0/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=livingmaxwell-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=399353&creativeASIN=B003TPK3K0

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 20, 2013 @ 11:06 am
  17. Interesting, Hana. Thanks for sharing!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 20, 2013 @ 11:07 am
  18. Hi David,

    You are right. Juicing takes time to prep and clean. There is no doubt about it, but most good things require effort. Once you get into the swing of things, it becomes easier to do.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 20, 2013 @ 11:08 am
  19. Hi AnnaLaura,

    Juicing takes more time but I prefer not having the fiber with my juice. Here is a good video to watch on Green Juice vs. Green Smoothies.

    http://livingmaxwell.com/green-juice-or-green-smoothies-which-is-better-or-which-one-is-worse

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 20, 2013 @ 11:10 am
  20. Thanks so much Rika!! I am with you on the Green Juice over the Green Smoothie!

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 20, 2013 @ 11:11 am
  21. Hi Kirsten,

    Wow, thanks for sharing that!! How cool is it that you are growing celery. Lucky you!!!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on June 20, 2013 @ 11:11 am
  22. We can’t deny the goodness juicing brings to our health. Thanks Max for sharing all these. Working for a company that sells health products such as juicers gives me a very good insight of what you should be looking for in getting a juicer.

    Written by Louise on June 21, 2013 @ 8:50 pm
  23. What are your thoughts on the champion juicer? And can juice from it last for 24 hours in fridge (glass container, filled in dark part of fridge?

    Written by Kristen Zimmerman on June 27, 2013 @ 3:06 pm
  24. Hi Kristen,

    Champion Juicer: It is not one that I use or recommend. Does that mean it is a bad juicer? Not at all.

    The juicers that I recommend are here: http://livingmaxwell.com/best-juicing-advice

    It probably can last but you will lose a lot of the nutrition after 24 hours. It is best to drink juice immediately after it is made, regardless of the machine, even if it is a Norwalk.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on July 1, 2013 @ 3:21 pm
  25. With fiber is more blood sugar friendly. But if you use mostly veg and only a little fruit, not such a big deal either way. This morning I used my mouth to “blend” watermelon! Had some kamut manna bread as a chaser. Yum!

    Written by Geoffrey Levens, L.Ac, on July 1, 2013 @ 6:32 pm
  26. I am looking for a juicer recipe for my wife who has arthritis. Trying to eleminate the pill routine.

    Written by Jack Driscoll on July 11, 2013 @ 11:02 am
  27. I love the Green and Tonic idea … but only when they go fully organic.

    Written by maureen on September 17, 2013 @ 1:27 pm
  28. I need some help! I received the Breville juicer that you mentioned as a recommendation in your post! I LOVED it, but I get so disgusted at the amount of pulp that I have to store and figure out ways to use (I just can’t bring myself to throw away perfectly good pulp!). I decided that instead, I would send back my juicer, and buy a Ninja (which I can drink the juice WITH the pulp). I’m nervous about it, because I loved my juicer so much, but I feel like there will be less waste, plus I’ll be able to drink the entire vegetable/fruit, so the fiber won’t be removed. What are your thoughts?

    Written by Sami on January 15, 2014 @ 10:20 am
  29. Great guide. Love my Green Star Juicer. I have had it since 2008. Works like a charm, little waste, & very efficient. Worth every sent.

    Written by Judy Griffin on January 15, 2014 @ 8:23 pm
  30. ok….why not just make a smoothie out of this stuff and not miss out on the fiber? I wanted to juice after watching movies on it and hearing about it but you miss out on all the fiber when you juice, not saying I don’t like juice because I do, but I will just stick to my veggie soups and smoothies with added veggies :) less nutrients are lost.

    Written by Rosalie on February 7, 2014 @ 10:07 am
  31. I have a Champion juicer that I’ve used nearly every day for 33 years. Guaranteed for 5 years, still kicking at 33. If it ever breaks down, I’d get another Champion. But whatever brand of juicer you prefer, just get to juicing for life!

    Written by Carol Willis on May 28, 2014 @ 4:07 pm
  32. My family and I have been juicing every morning for the past week, and our juices taste awful! I can hardly hack them down. Is it a matter of adjusting your taste buds, or do we just make bad juices? I love vegetables so I thought I’d like vegetable juices.

    I’ll start to use this formula and hopefully we’ll get better results. So far we’ve just been throwing random vegetables into the juicer, haha. Probably not the best way.

    Written by Mia on May 28, 2014 @ 5:43 pm
  33. Hi Mia,

    You are probably using way too much of the leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard) and not enough of celery or cucumber. You also may need to add a little apple to sweeten it. I hope this helps!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 30, 2014 @ 10:56 am
  34. Hi Carol,

    I agree! It is important that people just start juicing.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on May 30, 2014 @ 10:57 am
  35. Hi Max,
    I’m new to your website and I feel so blessed with all of
    the information and reviews from the readers. I just got
    turned on to the Nutribullet and it has changed my life.
    We also use our Brevelle jr fountain everyday. Before that
    the Champion Juicer for over 20 years. “Dare to be a juicer”!
    Live well,
    Mary

    Written by Mary on June 20, 2014 @ 11:02 pm
  36. for those of you that are wondering what to do with the pulp, some of mine goes in stews and soups, or just add a lil juice back and cook on stove, such as carrots, add a lil honey, salt and a pat of real butter, my family loves it.
    after that the rest goes to my garden, and some day I hope to my worm farm (that I dream of having)
    the pulp isn’t wasted in this way but re-used as natural fertilizer for your garden, to be turned in to juice and food later

    Written by stephania on June 26, 2014 @ 6:40 pm
  37. Max I currently dont have a juicer but I have the Ninja blender and I have been blending vegatables almost identical to your green combo. Is it bad to use a blender instead bc of the skin of vegetable being part of what you drink or would it be ok if you wash them well with organic wash?

    Written by Dina on June 27, 2014 @ 10:55 am
  38. Hi Dina,

    First of all, make sure you buy organic produce and even with organic produce, and use a good fruit/vegetable wash – the one I have in the post from Vermont Soap Organics. Second, blending is not so much about having the skin clean. It is about not properly digesting the fiber through a lack of chewing. That is the key point here. With juice, the fiber is removed, so that issue is not as prevalent.

    Hope this helps.
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on July 2, 2014 @ 9:03 am

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