Cold pressed juices are all the craze now, and for a good reason! Not only are they incredibly nutritious, but they are also tasty as hell!
Cold-pressing fruits and vegetables retain more vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants than traditional juicing methods. Using this method results in a healthier and tastier beverage — why then compromise?
The Low Down Cold Press Juices!
How Do You Make Cold Press Juice?
A simple two-step “Chop & Squeeze” process will result in a deliciously nutritious cold-pressed juice.
Start with chopping your fresh produce into manageable sizes and adding them to your juicer. Start the grinder function and let it run. The grinder function will slowly break the produce into a pulp-like substance and catch it all in a ‘press-bag’. By slowly pulverizing the fibers, you extract the nutrients without applying any heat.
The press bag acts as a filter and will keep any seeds, pulps and unwanted fibers out of your final product. Once you’ve processed the fresh produce into the press bag, you can enable the press function. The press will slowly apply pressure to the contents of the press bag, extracting all the deliciously nutritious juices.
Possibly the most important thing to remember when juicing is to ensure that you thoroughly clean your produce. There is nothing more terrible than taking a sip of juice with some sand in it, or even worse, contracting an illness.
What Makes Cold Press Juice Better Than Regular Juice?
Conventional juicing involves a centrifugal juicer that spins a blade at an incredible speed. This astonishing speed generates a large amount of heat, and as we know, heat breaks down a lot of essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
The Downsides To Cold Press Juices
Most people argue that adding juices to your diet is a sure-fire way of losing weight and improving overall health. While much of this is true, one should instead substitute them for other foods in your diet. When merely adding juices to your diet without removing anything else, you drastically increase your total calorie consumption, which will inevitably result in weight gain.
Fruit/ vegetable juices also have a higher glycemic index than whole fruits/ vegetables. This results from removing most of the essential fibers from the fruit. Fewer fibers also make drinking juices less satiating than eating the fresh/ whole produce.
The Upsides To Cold Press Juices
While juicing is not all doom and gloom, it has a few great benefits when used in a calculated and balanced diet. Most cold-pressed juices consist of several fruits and vegetables. They muster a more comprehensive array of essential nutrients than a single piece of fruit/ vegetable.
Oxidation occurs over time and will break down a lot of essential nutrients. Therefore, it is best to enjoy freshly prepared cold-pressed juice. As most cold-pressed juices are freshly prepared, they retain more of a fruit or vegetables vitamins and minerals.
Incorporating juices into your daily diet will help you to meet your recommended daily intake, especially if you struggle to find the time to prepare every meal. Introducing more raw and organic foods into your diet can protect you from the onset of circumstantial stress.
Conventional store-bought juices usually contain a lot of added sugars, colourants, and artificial sweeteners, whereas freshly prepared cold-pressed juices, are 100% natural.
Is It A Good Idea To Drink Juice Fast?
A great piece of advice I’ve received from a nutritionist regarding juices, smoothies or blended foods;
Do not drink liquidised foods faster than you would’ve been able to eat the whole ingredient.
If you are drinking a blend of orange and apple juice, you should try and consume the beverage in the same amount of time it would’ve taken you to eat the apple and the orange.
And besides, why not savour the moment and enjoy the tasty beverage? There should be no urgency.
Should I Invest In A Cold Press Juicer?
Centrifugal juicers are very affordable and if you want to make the occasional juice, they will do the trick. However, if you are looking to become a serious juice master and benefit from all that cold-pressed juices have to offer, I would highly recommend investing in a proper cold press juicer.
The number of benefits you stand to reap are endless. Not only do they preserve nutrients, but they also produce juice more efficiently which results in less waste.
Storing Cold Press Juices
Since raw cold-pressed juices do not have any added preservatives nor do they undergo pasteurisation or high-pressure processing, they will only last about three or four days in the fridge when properly stored. Making cold pressed juices can be a labour-intensive job and we don’t necessarily always have the time to make them everyday you might want to consider freezing them.
Freezing is the only viable safe storage for cold-pressed juice that won’t compromise the nutritious qualities of the produce. I like to prepare at least two weeks’ worth of juices in advance, and since you can freeze them for up to six months they will still be perfect once thawed.
My Favourite Cold Press Juice Recipes
Although I urge you to try and create your own recipes, here are four of my favourites to get you started. Build off these recipes; you can swap out some ingredients for others or add pretty much anything.
These recipes will produce one portion each; you can simply scale the recipe as needed. Always ensure to remove citrus peels and cut your produce into manageable chunks.
- 1 Large Beet
- 1 Large Carrot
- 1 Large Green Apple
- Fresh Ginger (optional, as needed)
- 1 Large Carrot
- 1 Large Orange, peeled
- ½ Lemon, peeled
- Small knob of Ginger
- Cayenne Pepper (optional, as needed)
- 1 Cup Spinach
- ¼ Cucumber
- ½ Green Apple
- ½ Green Pear
- ½ Lemon, peeled
- ½ Celery stalk
- 1 Orange, peeled
- 1 Grapefruit, peeled
- ½ Lemon, peeled
- 1 Tangerine, peeled
- ¼ Pomelo
Can I Use Cold Press Juices As Part Of A Detox/Cleanse?
Looking to do a short-term cleanse after a few days of indulging? Before you start a new diet or when you are looking to hit the reset button on your health, slowly wean yourself off all the toxins you ingest daily, reduce the amount of caffeine, sugar, alcohol and fried foods you consume and start replacing them with fresh juices. After a few days of reducing the amount of toxins you consume, you will be ready to hit the reset button.
Start your cleanse with a three-day juice fast. This means that you should only consume fresh juices and water for three days. This will give your digestive system a much-needed rest. After your juice cleanse you will find it easier to get rid of all your nasty eating habits, you will feel less bloated and experience less cravings for fried food, sugar and caffeine.
Please keep in mind that I am not a dietician nor a nutritionist, if you are unsure whether a juice cleanse is the right thing for you, or if you have any comorbidities, please consult with your physician before doing this.
Cold Press Juices: Conclusion
Even if you are not looking to adopt the juicing lifestyle you can still benefit from regularly enjoying a proper cold-pressed juice. Cold-pressed juices retain more nutrients, and they produce far less waste than regular juices. If you are looking to occasionally make yourself a juice just because you like them, you do not necessarily have to invest in a cold-press juicer, a conventional one will do the trick.
Play around with a few ingredients, don’t be afraid of experimenting with weird combinations and foreign ingredients. You might just surprise yourself. Always ensure that you clean your produce before putting them in your juicer.
Before you consider doing a juice cleanse, please consult with your physician or nutritionist, and remember that you won’t necessarily lose weight or improve your health if you just start drinking a lot of juice. Juice must be incorporated into an active, healthy and balanced lifestyle.