Pick Your Perfect Machine
IF YOU LOVE PULP: Try a slow-press or masticating juicer. They allow a lot of nutrient-dense, fibrous pulp to slide through and produce a similar consistency to the cold-pressed juices sold at coffee shops and specialty markets.
OUR PICK: The Omega Vert VRT350 has a compact design, auto-clean function, and 10-year warranty ($380, omegajuicers.com).
IF YOU HATE PULP: Opt for fast or centrifugal juicers. The fast-whipping metal blades grind fruits and veggies into submission, and a filter strains pulp.
OUR PICK: The Breville Juice Fountain Plus has a high speed for hard, dense veggies like carrots and a low speed for leafy greens ($150, brevilleusa.com).
IF YOU'RE A CASUAL JUICER: Go for a multipurpose blender, so it won't gather dust between uses. You can always invest in a juicer later if you get hooked.
OUR PICK: The KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender has a powerful 5-speed motor that can handle most tough jobs ($90, kitchenaid.com).
Keep It Easy
Add soft, juicy ingredients, such as oranges, last. They can act as a type of cleaner, helping to push fibrous matter like kale through your machine.
STORE IT SAFELY
Put unused juice in a jar with an airtight lid and keep it in the fridge. Consume within 24 to 48 hours for optimal taste and to prevent bacteria from growing in the sugars.
To Up Endurance
BLEND: One beet, 3 leaves Swiss chard, 1 seeded red chili, 2 plum tomatoes
THE SCIENCE: Nitrates in beets can help improve athletic performance, according to preliminary research, possibly helping you feel stronger on your mat.
To Ease Indigestion
BLEND: 3 cups pineapple cubes, 2 cups papaya cubes, 2-inch piece of ginger
THE SCIENCE: Pineapple and papaya have enzymes that may aid indigestion, and ginger can soothe an upset stomach.
To Boost Energy
BLEND: 4 cups spinach, 2 kiwis, 2 cups honeydew, 1 cup green grapes
THE SCIENCE: The vitamin C in kiwi and honeydew helps your body absorb more iron from the spinach to keep you energized.