Juicing can incredibly enjoyable and really good for you, but like everything that is done on a regular basis, it can be tedious after a while. Preparing the juicer, slicing the fruit and vegetables, cleaning up after you’re done. Everything that goes with the process can be frustrating if you feel like you have to do it.
Here are some tips that will help you get past the hard part of juicing and get right to the many awesome benefits.
Getting the Right Juicer
One of the easiest ways to make sure that you won’t have to worry as much about cleaning your juicer is to start by getting a juicer that is easy to clean. There are a number of options out there with only a few moving parts that can be removed, washed, dried, and put back with very little effort.
Another way to make things easier is to clean the juicer immediately after you’re finished with it. While you may not want to right that minute, you’re far more likely to get it done right away rather than waiting until later when you’re no longer in “work mode.”
Finally, when you’re buying your juicer, make sure that you get one with a wide mouth to put your fruits and veggies in. The larger the opening, the less chopping you have to do to get your ingredients small enough to be juiced.
Buy and Prep All of Your Ingredients At Once
Much like how it’s easier to clean your juicer immediately, it’s also easier to get your fruits and vegetables prepared right after getting home from the store than trying to wash and chop everything every day.
Start by planning what you intend to juice throughout the week. Make a list and buy all of your ingredients in one trip. That way you don’t have to add “go to the store” to the list of things you have to do for fresh juice.
Wash everything as you unpack it and separate it out based on what you’ll need in each juicing session. Do all of your pealing, slicing, and chopping at this point so that you don’t have to worry about it later and will only have to clean your knife and cutting board once.
You can even split the ingredients for different drinks into separate zip top bags or containers. That way, when it comes time to make a particular juice, all you have to do is take the assembled ingredients out of the refrigerator where they have been measured and prepared, then put them through the juicer.
Keep Your Juicer Convenient
While you don’t have to keep it on the counter, if you plan to use your juicer on a regular basis, then storing it in the back of a floor-level cabinet that is difficult to access is not a great idea. Simple things like the idea of having to struggle to get at your juicer can be huge roadblocks to actually breaking it out and using it.
Try to pick a place where you can see it easily, like a corner of your counter or in a cabinet that you access regularly where it will be at eye level. The front of a pantry is also a good place to store your juicer since it will remain at the forefront of your mind and you’ll remember to use it. Mostly, make sure that it take you less than 30 seconds to access if at all possible, otherwise you might be inclined to not bother.
Mix Up What You Make
Maybe the juicer isn’t the problem, maybe you just don’t want what you’ve been making. With the exception of people who are significantly comforted by routine, eventually people get bored with the same thing over and over again. Sure, you might be great at the kale-based smoothie that is so good for you, but maybe mixing up the flavors, trying a new recipe, and looking for another combination of ingredients that gives you the same results will make you excited to be juicing again.
Juicing is good for you and can help you make some delicious drinks while having fun, but only if you don’t feel obligated to do it.