Exploring the Benefits of Juicing Each Day

by Jim

To more thoroughly explore the benefits of juicing, I’ve decided to keep a running blog of the fresh raw juices I make each day. I’ll be experimenting with juicer recipes I find in books. However, I most often just combine whatever I have that is in the refrigerator.

I’m going to try to video some as well as just take photos of the juicing process. In this way, I’ll be able to give running demonstrations of the different juicers I have and note any revelations I discover about them. I hope that this as well as my juicer reviews will help people decide on the best juicer to buy.

Today I’m making a carrot, apple, kale, beet, and ginger juice with my Omega 8003 juicer. Still my favorite for best juicer to buy. I feel for the money the Omega juice extractor is hard to beat. It is easy to use. There are not many parts to it. It is the fastest juicer to clean. The juicer is quiet. In addition, it is the best juicer for leafy like kale and wheatgrass you will find for under $250.

Today in my juicing recipe, I will juice:

  • 1 apple
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 piece of ginger about the size of the first digit of your thumb.
  • 1/6 of a medium sized beet
  • 3 large leaves of kale

I first wash all the vegetables and apple in the sink and lightly scrubbed them. I prefer to cut the ends off the carrots but if they have the green tops, I would leave those on. The apple is cut up so it will fit down the juicer feeder chute. I also remove the seeds. Sometimes I do this sometimes I do not. The seeds have a minute trace of toxin in them so I do not juice them every day. The beet is cut up and I will only use a small portion of it for this juicer recipe. Raw beets take some getting used to. They taste a little dirty on their own but the apple and carrot will sweeten it up. I also cut a small piece of ginger up. The benefits of juicing ginger is it said to be good for digestion. I like it. Ginger gives the juice a kick. The kale is washed and for this juice, I use three large leaves.

 

 

 

 

I start with the carrots. These are not large carrots but more of a medium size. The Omega 8003 juice extractor chews these up but you do have to push firmly. The auger on the Omega is not sharp at its edges. Cutting the carrots up into smaller pieces works better but I was in a hurry today.  The single auger works well and the carrots are thoroughly juiced up.

 

 

 

 

I fed the beets and ginger into the juicer next and they were readily gobbled up. This juicer is excellent at juicing hard or dense vegetables. I believe this machine to be the best masticating juicer available but you will have to make that choice for you. It chews and mashes produce up but the juice is extracted in a more gentle way than other competing masticating juicers.

 

 

 

 

The kale needs to be cut up into smaller pieces to work well with this juicer. You will have problems fitting it in the chute if you don’t cut it up some. You will see in one of my other videos that I make the mistake of not cutting up the kale. Even the Green Star 3000 juicer works better when kale is cut into smaller pieces. That juicer will often pull leafy greens right through it unless the leaves are too big. However, once you feed the kale into the Omega juicer chute it does an excellent job or processing the kale leaf.

 

 

 

 

When I was done, I had about a cup and a third of juice. The beet tends to make it a brown but it still tasted good because the apple and carrots sweeten it.

 

 

 

 

While I was making this juice, I also chewed on another carrot I had. That way I got a little fiber and it started the enzyme creating process in my mouth. To receive the benefits of juicing it is best swish the juice around in your mouth for 30 seconds or eat something with the juice. Some juices can be a little harsh on an empty stomach for some people.



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