When the hot season arrives and the temperature starts to rise, keeping hydrated becomes critical.
One excellent option is to drink natural juices. They help our digestive process, provide simple sugars which give health and energy to our body, and make our immune system stronger.
So, what are the advantages of making your own juice with a juicer instead of buying it at the supermarket? The big difference is that bought juice has preservatives and has been pasteurized. Pasteurization means the liquid has been brought to a boil and it kills a big part of the nutrition that you’re trying to get from it.
Your own juicer, on the other hand, preserves the vitamins and enzymes put there by nature. The energy is concentrated, and you will feel it when you drink it.
Why make your juice at home?
- You Receive All the Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables can contain up to 90% water, so they are an excellent way to be hydrated. They include simple sugars and no fat, delivering healthy energy. They also contain carbohydrates (fructose), organic acids, and vitamins A and C, which aid to assimilate elements such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus. This enhances our immune system, fighting respiratory infections, and helping growth.
Our body assimilates 95% of their nutrients -so it is ideal to drink a glass of fruit juice a day. During the digestive process, active vegetable enzymes bind with the enzymes present in the stomach, facilitating nutrient absorption.
- You Control Each Ingredient
Not all the “natural juices” you buy are so natural. Processed juices are added many chemicals, colorants, and conservatives, whereas if you buy a “freshly made juice” it is common that the fruits are frozen and might have lost their nutrients
When you make your own fruit or vegetable juice at home, you can control all the ingredients, deciding if they should be organic or not and verifying that they are indeed fresh and 100% natural.
- You Know How Much Sugar You’re Consuming
This is another crucial point when choosing to make your fruit or vegetable juices at home. You know how much sugar each juice has. At some establishments, they can throw in too much sugar or similar unhealthy alternatives such as high fructose corn syrup. However, if you do your natural juice at home, you can choose to do without sugar. Adding a little honey or a teaspoon of brown sugar will not raise your blood glucose levels. Remember that fruits and vegetables contain their own levels of fructose and glucose, so usually, you don’t need to add more.
- You Can Make Your Juice Depending on Its Properties
Maybe you want to make juice to help fight cellulite, or you may prefer juice that enables you to improve your digestion or one with antioxidant properties.
There are hundreds of recipes for juices, with different properties for every need, whether beauty, weight control, or to help with any health issues.
- It Is Cheaper Than Buying Processed Juices
Making your juices at home is much cheaper than buying them processed at the store. Perhaps the initial cost of purchasing several pounds of fruit is higher than getting a couple of processed juice cartons, but keep in mind that your purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables will last for days, while a processed juice box might give you three glasses. In the long term, making fruit juice at home is much cheaper, even if you use fancy fruit like raspberries.
- You Can Use Any Leftovers from the Fridge
Do you have an apple and a piece of celery in the refrigerator? Rather than waste them, use them to the fullest in a homemade natural juice.
- You Can Make the Juice You Like
If you enjoy cooking, you’ll love to make fruit and vegetable juices. You can experiment with different ingredients, add healthy and delicious seeds, various fruits, alfalfa sprouts, and an infinite number of ingredients that will make your juices more nutritious and delicious.
- They Are Easy to Make
You just need to wash and cut the fruit, even if you have a blender with slow extraction. No need to peel most fruits if you want to get all the vitamins.
If you take a look at the label on any multivitamin bottle, you will see most of the nutrients listed are available in almost any juice you make. If you eat and drink well, you don’t need to pay for vitamins! Save yourself some money and be healthier.
What should you look for in a juicer?
A juicer has to break up the cell walls and the fibers and then separate out the juice. There are two kinds of juicers: masticating and centrifugal. The centrifugal juicers are wildly available and inexpensive. They basically break the fruits and vegetables and then spin out the juice. However, many of the cell strings are unbroken, and some liquid is lost; you can verify this by touching the leftover pulp; it will be moist since it still contains juice in it. Also, since the juice is mixed with the air, it oxidizes more quickly.
The masticating juicers are much more efficient in separating the juice. Also, the juice tends to be much richer in color and nutrition content. Extraction is up to 5 times better than a centrifugal juicer.
Nowadays, technology has improved both kinds of juicers, so the choice is yours. To help you out, here are some reviews of the top juicers and juice extractors available at Amazon.
BLACK+DECKER JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor
The perfect juicer for a budget-conscious consumer. With a powerful 400-watt motor you can quickly get the juice out of your vegetables and fruit. The filter and steel blades separate the pulp and make the liquid flow into the 300-ml pitcher. All the parts are dishwasher safe.
The pulp gets sent to a 28-ounce pulp collector, so you can add as much as you want to your drink. Since there is only an on-and-off button, using this machine is as easy as can be. And don’t worry about it moving around, it has slip-resistant feet that will grip onto almost any kitchen countertop.
Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus
This juicer by Breville has 850 watts of power. It comes with a jug to collect the juice -which holds about a liter or 34 ounces- and has a pulp separator built in to collect any pulp that might have been served in the juice.
The juicer’s container holds all the pulp from the juicing. -Tip: you can line it with a bag for easier cleaning. The feed chute is 3 inches wide so you can juice some fruits and vegetables whole; that will save you some time on cutting up the produce.
There’s two settings: a low speed for softer fruits and vegetables like melons and leafy greens, and a highs speed for harder fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots.
The cutting disc is stainless steel, and so is the mesh filter basket for spinning out the pulp. The body is very sturdy, and all the materials that come in contact with the food are BPA-free. The safety locking arm prevents the juicer from turning on accidentally. There is a sensor that will detect if you’re overloading the machine and will shut it off automatically to avoid overheating.
This juicer comes with an instruction manual that has some useful tips on using the juicer, as well as some recipes. It also comes with a brush to clean it, and all the parts are dishwasher safe.
Hamilton Beach 67601A Big Mouth Juice Extractor
The Hamilton Beach juice extractor measures 14 inches tall and 12 inches wide. The juicer has an 800-watt motor and a simple on-off switch. The feed chute is 3 inches wide, and it will fit many whole fruits and vegetables. Its extra-large pulp bin lets you juice longer, and the pulp is collected so you can use it for composting.
It comes with a cleaning brush, which is useful for cleaning out the stainless steel strainer. Hamilton Beach claims that this unit’s robust motor yields up to 24% more apple juice than leading competitors.
If you are looking for something else besides juice, just soak a cup of soybeans, almonds or rice in 4 cups of water for 24 hours in the refrigerator, and then pour it into the food chute. You will get some delicious milk, just add some honey or vanilla.
Nutri-Stahl 700w Juicer Machine
With a high-efficiency stainless steel micro-blade, this juicer will extract up to 33% more juice. The extra-large feeding tube is 72mm wide to fit larger pieces. Equipped with a safety locking arm that prevents operation without the cover being locked into place and a 700w dual speed motor to juice almost any fruit or vegetable.
With the Nutri-Stahl Juicer, you don’t need to waste anything: leftover pulp can be used to give soups some fantastic flavor, as compost in your plant pots and garden, or to feed your children’s small pets. If you dilute it in water, it can make a portion of excellent baby food.
The juicer’s body has suction cups on its feet, so it will stay in place when you use it. All the parts are dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cuisinart CJE-1000 Die-Cast Juice Extractor
The Cuisinart juice extractor is a great product to use when you want to make sure that your family gets all the proper nutrients that they need and get lots of servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
The housing is stainless steel, and the parts that touch food are BPA-free. Its blue LED ring lets you select one of the five speeds available from the powerful 1000-watt motor. A 3-inch feeding chute allows you to use whole apples, pears, and other similar large-size fruits. The 2-liter pulp container will gather all the pulp while the juice is sent to the 1-quart juice pitcher.
Cuisinart has added some exclusive features to their juicers. The CJE-1000 includes a foam management filter disk, as well as an anti-drip adjustable flow spout.
A cleaning brush is included, and all parts are dishwasher safe.
Aicok Slow Masticating Juicer
The Aicock juice extractor has a quiet, low-speed motor. With a low speed, you achieve less foaming, no clogging, no heat build-up, and it prevents oxidation. In case you do manage to clog the machine, push down the “R” button to reverse the juicing screw, and unjam the motor. All materials are non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
This juicer is easy to clean; all parts come apart, and putting it back again takes a couple of minutes. The auto pulp- ejection allows continuous operation.
The cord is four ft long, and wattage is rated at 150W. This juicer is perfect for juicing ginger root and wheatgrass.
Omega VRT350 Heavy Duty Dual-Stage Vertical Single Auger Low-Speed Juicer
This vertical-style juicer has an 80RPM motor. This low speed prevents oxidation, so you can store your juice for up to 72 hours without degradation. Its pusher lets you push the ingredients into the juicer, extracting all their vitamins and enzymes. It is a dual-stage juicer, which means that the fruit is crushed to extract the juice, and then, before the pulp is ejected, it is squeezed during the second press stage. This gives you the maximum amount of juice and leaves very dry pulp.
Easy to assemble, just attach the hopper to the bowl and the bowl to the base, and you’re ready to go. Two containers are included, one for fresh juice and the other for the pulp.
Measuring only 7×15.5×8.5 inches, the Omega VRT350 juicer will take up very little space on your countertop.
Flexzion Masticating Juicer Machine
The Flexzion juicer first grinds your fruit and vegetables into a pulp, and then give that pulp an extra squeeze to get all the liquid out. This lets you have more juice with less foam. It comes with a couple of filters -one coarse and one fine – that will remove any excess pulp from the juice.
The extra-wide chute is a welcomed feature; you can insert whole fruit without having to chop it first. The separate juice and pulp outlet allow for continuous operation.
A top-quality, powerful 200W motor with a low speed of 40RPM is both efficient and quiet. The unit comes with an instruction manual and ten delicious juicing recipes.