1. Buy a centrifugal juicer.
There are multiple types of juicers and all have their benefits and drawbacks. I must warn you, if you google “what kind of juicer should I buy” the result will be confusion and intimidation. To get started juicing up your life – you need something easy to incorporate into your life – which is why I recommend centrifugal: they are affordable, fast and easy to clean. Once you become addicted/advanced/wealthy – by all means invest in the another juicer – like this $2,500 Norwalk. Until then, let your budget be your guide – and invest in one of these:
- Breville Compact Juice Extractor - $100
- Jack LaLane Power Juicer Pro - $150
- Breville Juice Fountain Plus - $150
- Omega 9000 - $220
- Breville Juice Extractor - $300
2. Put your juicer on the counter.
Like they say, out of site – out of mind. My juicer sat in the closet for 2 months before I opened it. It took another month for me to actually start using it. Ditch your excuses, clear off some counter space and show that puppy off. After all, you probably will end up spending a few hundred dollars on it!
Every time you walk by the juicer think about all the nutrients you are missing out on. Did you have 10 servings of fruits and veggies today? What about yesterday? Eventually guilt will set in and you’ll be more likely to put the hunk of machinery to use.
3. Find some recipes and stock the fridge.
Confession: I am horrible at following recipes. I’m more mad scientist at the stovetop than cautious chemist, which was disastrous when I began juicing. You can buy books stuffed with recipes or you can stick to the wealth of information google offers. To start, pick recipes which are chalk full of fruits and vegetables you don’t mind chewing – if you’d eat them in their natural state – they won’t be too offensive when juiced. This is my suggestion:
Amateur Hour Juice
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 carrots
- 3 ribs of celery
- 1 red apple
- 1/2 cucumber
I know you probably have thousands of unanswered questions – give me time – I’ll work on adressing them all. But for now, are you ready to begin?