Megan Tysoe is a local guru of all things healthy and the owner of Rooted Juicery + Kitchen. There are several locations in the Cincinnati area, all known for their juice and smoothies, along with vegan dishes and health-conscious treats. From must-have produce to kid-friendly concoctions, Tysoe shares her best tips for the juicing newbie.
Start with the right juicer
Tysoe recommends starting your day with celery juice. It’s known to boost hydration and offer vitamins such as potassium and vitamins A, C, and K. Omega Juicers use cold press technology, the best way to preserve the nutrients and vitamins in your morning juice. Plus, they offer juicers that are optimized for celery juicing specifically since the vegetable is often hard to process due to its tough and stringy nature. (Bonus: You can use promo code CINCY30 at Omegajuicers.com to get 30 percent off and free shipping through the end of 2021.)
Don’t forget these four must-have ingredients
Recipes are truly unlimited, so Tysoe admits it’s hard to narrow down a list of must-have produce to juice. But her staples are celery, cucumber, lemon, and apples. Add in ginger, too for extra benefits. Each of these ingredients have high water content, making it easy to extract the juice, especially with a high-yield Omega Juicer.
Plan your routine
Most people kick start their day with a juice, but Tysoe also suggests afternoon pick-me-ups. “I love a midafternoon, 3 p.m. juice.” Add lemon to everything to alkalize your system and add extra energy. At night, take a cup of fresh apple juice and heat it up to make tea. Add a couple drops of ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to satisfy sugar cravings and aid digestion before bed.
Make batches and store in the fridge
Juices will stay fresh in the fridge for about 72 hours. “If you don’t have a ton of time,” says Tysoe. “Make big batches and [store in] mason jars to keep in the fridge. Another pro tip is storing ginger juice to keep on hand to add to your morning tea and use for recipes and sauces.
Incorporate juicing between your treats during the holidays
Sugar, cocktails, and cookies are a must, but sometimes we have a few too many buckeyes over the holidays. Don’t feel guilty! Just practice balance. Having juice first thing in the morning will help excessive cravings. Tysoe says, when we think we’re hungry we’re actually thirsty. Reach for freshly juiced wheatgrass or a blend of her four favorites: celery, cucumber, lemon, and apples for hydration.
Have fun with it
It’s hard to mess up juice. It’s a fun activity to do with family and a great way to sneak veggies into your kids’ diets. Tysoe recommends green apples for kids and adding in kale and spinach to make a nutritious concoction. Apples are always a crowd favorite and will disguise the taste of the greens. “Try out flavor combos,” adds Tysoe. “There’s not a wrong way to make a juice.”