Make Juice at Home

Make Juice at Home
A blender is sufficient for making smoothies, and a manual juicer will eventually yield fresh-squeezed orange juice. But if you’re serious about shredding, grinding, and pulverizing fresh produce, consider getting a juice extractor, which will squeeze out nutrient-dense juice while leaving skin, seeds, and other
fibers behind. Extractors fall into two main categories:

  • Centrifugal juicers shred fruits and vegetables while forcing their juice out of the sides of a spinning basket. Easy to use, they are reliable for fruits and soft vegetables and most are powerful enough to handle hard vegetables. Look for juicers by Breville. 
  • Masticating juicers have slowly rotating blades or gears to chew and grind food into a pulp, which is then pushed through a fine screen to extract the juice—and preserve the pulp if you want to add it back into the juice. They are ideal if you plan to juice tough, fibrous vegetables like wheatgrass. Champion is just one company that makes masticating juicers.


  • Apples: Crisp, juicy apples like Braeburn, McIntosh, and Fuji are great natural sweeteners and good sources of vitamins A, B, and C. 
  • Beets: Experienced juicers swear by beets, which have high levels of iron, potassium, and chlorine (which helps regulate peristalsis) and aid in cleansing the digestive tract.  
  • Blackberries: Blue and purple berries are loaded with antioxidants. Blackberries, in particular, are high in vitamins C, E, and K, as well as potassium, magnesium, copper, and folate.
  • Carrots: This bright, sweet vegetable provides vitamins A, B, and C, iron, calcium, potassium, and beta-carotene. 
  • Celery: Because it’s a good source of organic sodium, celery can add a touch of saltiness to tomato juice or other vegetable flavor combinations. 
  • Green bell pepper: Among nutrient-dense green veggies—like spinach, broccoli, and kale—green bell peppers are the easiest to juice, and are high in vitamins A and C. 
  • Lemon: A drop of lemon juice helps balance out the sweetness of any all-fruit drink. Plus, lemons are a potent source of vitamin C.