Hey Ann: Tell me more about Juicing

Ann Pelino Integrative Fitness

Q:  I am thinking about getting started with juicing, any suggestions?

A:  Spring is a wonderful time to get started! Your body will thank you as juicing is nature’s vitamin pill.  It is so difficult to eat the amount of vegetables recommended by most experts (6-8 servings) in a typical day.  It takes a few pounds of vegetables to get a 12-oz glass of juice, which gives you an entire day’s serving in one glass.  Additionally, drinking juice before a meal reduces carbohydrate and sweet cravings and completely changes your taste buds to want something plant-based versus something heavy or processed.  Juicing allows you to absorb many more vitamins and minerals than you would otherwise by consuming smoothies or eating fruits and vegetables with fiber.

Let’s focus on some of the most common mistakes, so you know what to avoid.

– Juicing spinach or kale over and over again

– Leaving your juicer dirty

– Treating green juice like a meal

– Waiting too long to drink your green juice

– Not drinking green juice on an empty stomach

Juicing Spinach or Kale Over and Over Again

To avoid hormonal issues, make sure you vary what you juice.  Rotate your greens – kale, Romaine lettuce, chard, spinach, mustard greens, collards, arugula, dandelion, etc., in your juice each week.  We want you to provide yourself with a balanced amount of different vitamins and minerals for your body.

Leaving Your Juicer Dirty

Juicing can take some time, but have you realized that if you don’t clean your juicer right away you will spend even more time and effort scrubbing later?  We don’t want time to get in the way of you juicing.  Try tossing all of the parts of the juicer in the sink and let them soak with water and a little soap so that it will be easier to clean later. Consider pre-washing the vegetables the night before to save time so you can clean your juicer right after using it.

Treating Green Juice like a Meal

Juice is not a meal replacement unless you are on a fast.  It is a meal enhancement or a snack, consider it a supplement. The easiest time to juice is likely to be first thing in the morning and then have your breakfast 30 minutes later.

Waiting Too Long To Drink Your Green Juice

Consume the juice within 15 minutes of making it.  As soon as your freshly made green juice gets exposed to air, its live enzymes begin to degrade which decreases the nutritional content.  Take your time as you sip your juice and even swish it around in your mouth before swallowing which will allow your digestive enzymes to start working and will help your body digest your juice faster. 

Not Drinking Green Juice on an Empty Stomach 

Did you know that fresh juice should only be consumed on an empty stomach? Drinking juice on an empty stomach allows the vitamins and minerals in the juice to go straight to your bloodstream.  A good rule of thumb to follow is to wait at least 2 hours after a meal to drink green juice and wait 20-30 minutes after drinking a green juice to consume a meal.

Here’s a good green juice recipe to get you started.  Your juicer will most likely come with a recipe book as well.  If not, just surf the net and you are sure to find some great juicing concoctions.

Lemon Lime Green Juice

Prep Time – 5 min

Serves 2


1 bunch of any green of your choice

2 cucumbers

1/2 bunch herbs like parsley, cilantro or mint

1 lemon with peel removed

1 lime with peel removed


  1.  Wash all vegetables thoroughly
  2.  Juice each vegetable in this order – greens, herbs, lemon, lime and then cucumber
  3.  Stir
  4.  Rinse and clean juicer immediately

Happy Juicing!

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