Starting juicing can be a life-changing move. Or, it can simply be a way to get more nutrients into your diet. You don’t have to do a juicing fast or become a vegan before making your first juice. The steps are quite simple and can be done in 30 minutes.
You need two things to get started juicing: A recipe (and the ingredients of the recipe) and a juicer. If you want to just try it out, visit a friend who owns a juicer and try out one of their favorite recipes. This is a sure-fire way of getting your feet wet without having to invest in a new juicer.
If you instead want to get your own juicer, you have many choices. However, you need to ask yourself one question before you invest in a juicer. Are you already certain that you will continue juicing? If you are skeptical and may drop juicing altogether, you might want to keep your juicer purchase as economical as possible. If this is the case, I recommend the Lexen Healthy Juicer which costs $40 with free shipping on Amazon.com, you won’t get a better deal than that.
If you are not skeptical and know that once you start, you’re not going to stop. Then I recommend to start off with a higher quality juicer. The best all-around juicer, in my opinion, is the Omega 8006 which is a tried and true model with a 15-year warranty. If it’s too pricey for you, but you want the best juicer anyway, go with the Refurbished Version because it is the same thing, just not brand new. For a more in-depth explanation of how to pick the best juicer, check out our guide to the best juicer.
A Beginner Juice Recipe
If you’re starting out, you want to try juices that have a mix of some fruit and are not 100% green. Do not juice a bunch of kale and drink it straight, because it will taste way too strong and you probably won’t like it. Here is a good recipe to start with:
3/4 to 1 head of kale
3/4 to 1 head of lettuce
4 long celery stalks
1 1/2 to 2 apples
2 lemons (juiced)
1 Persian Cucumber
This was the first juice that I made and really liked it. I started the recipe with 4 apples, and it was delicious but I did get a headache. Later, I found out on Mark’s Daily Apple by a user called Paleo Bon Rurgundy that this was a result of having too much fruit in the juice.
As you can see, he recommends not to juice any fruits but most people who juice, including John Kohler and Fully Raw Kristina, do juice fruits. So what I did was change my recipe from 4 apples to 1 or 1 1/2 apples and I never got a headache again.
You can also make your own recipe, all you have to do is follow these amazing guidelines by John Kohler:
I hope you enjoy juicing and can share your experience!