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Tips on Juicing Fruits and Vegetables

If you are planning to nourish yourself with home-made fresh juices there are a few things that you should know.


First off, you should use organically grown, unsprayed produce when it is available. This is because almost all of the produce that you find in the supermarkets is sprayed with either a coloring agent or a pesticide of some kind. Look for a label on your fruit or vegetable that says that it is “Certified Organic.” If organic produce is not available in your area then it is a good idea to peel all of your produce before juicing it or wash it well first.


You should also wash everything well. The molds and bacteria that are part of these bruises can make you ill. To be safe don’t juice older fruits or vegetables and stay away from ones that have blemishes or bruises in the first place.  Organically grown produce is not necessarily that clean!


Don’t juice citrus skins. The skins of grapefruits and oranges contain a toxic substance.  You should also peel tropical fruits like pineapple, kiwi, mango and papaya because they are grown in countries where toxic pesticides are still legal.


Some fruits and vegetables are more likely to be tainted with insecticides. The produce that is most likely to contain poisons are apples, pears, avocados, peaches, pineapples, bell peppers, parsnips, turnips, cucumber and tomatoes. You might also want to remove the outer leaves of lettuces, cabbages, kale, collards and other leafy vegetables in order to reduce the risk of juicing pesticides into your glass.


You must remove all the pits from fruits such as peaches, plums and avocadoes before juicing them as they contain cyanide. They can also clog up and ruin the inside of your juicer.


Your juicer will last longer if you slice the fruit or vegetable into smaller pieces before you put it into the hopper. Take the time to cut the produce up into chunks that are easy for your machine to accommodate.


It is very old school to say that you should juice vegetables together and fruits together but that you should never juice both fruits and vegetables together. This comes from an old food-combining concept that says fruits are for cleansing and that vegetables are for bodybuilding. In this modern day and age there is no reason why you can’t accomplish both at the same time.  Feel free to combine your lime juice with celery juice and your orange juice with carrot juice or whatever you like!


Tips for Cooking to Lose Weight

Sometimes losing weight is all about food preparation. You can cut hundreds of calories from your daily diet by just making a few practical changes.

First off, roast your vegetables. The process makes the vegetables taste sweeter. You can puree them or serve cold roasted vegetables with salads. You can also mash them and use them as a base for soups and salads. Roasted vegetables can also be sliced very thinly and used as snacks.  You can also puree garlic and roast it and then mush it up with water to use as a delicious base for cooking meat.

Instead of high sodium additives like salt use spices to flavor your food instead. Lower calorie foods taste better if you are liberal with the spices.  You can amplify the flavor of the spices by frying them light in a heavy frying pan first. You can also make your own herb infused vinegars by steeping the fresh herbs in vinegar. Chilis, peppers, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, curry, rosemary, thyme and lemon pepper are just a few of the spices that are good to have on hand when you are cooking.

Do not be afraid to substitute fats, butters and oils with pureed fruits like dried prunes. This allows you retain the moisture level in the baked goods without sacrificing the flavor. You can use applesauce or pureed pears for white cakes and pureed plums, prunes or sweet potato in chocolate cakes.

Instead of oils try replacing butters and oils with fresh fruit juices. For instance you can use orange juice on chicken, fish and other white meats.   You can also reconstitute dried fruits in wine and then make a savory broth by reducing the broth.

A healthy low calorie way to make a broth for fish is to broil it in milk and then add a few sauces.  You can then serve this over rice to make a delicious meal.

If you use a wire rack the juices can drip down into the pan. An electric grill like a George Foreman Grill that cooks food on a slant so the oil runs off into a train can come in handy as well.

If you feel like you must use oil, use cooking spray. You can buy a commercial spray like Pam or you can buy a pressurized canister that you put your own healthy oils in. If you need more moisture while cooking then you can always use a bit of broth to help the vegetables cook.