FRESH... on the Run

3/16/2013, 9:36 a.m.

FRESH... on the Run

One of the few challenges to juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is making the time to actually juice. Some juicing enthusiasts insist that fresh juice should be consumed within 30 minutes of juicing, while others suggest that fresh juice can survive up to one week when refrigerated, without losing vital nutrients. While it is almost always best to do the juicing yourself, should a busy schedule impede juicing at home, here are a few alternatives.

Visit a health food store, holistic grocer, or smoothie shop. Among the Informer's local favorites are:

Secrets of Nature - 3923 South Capitol Street, Southwest, Washington, D.C.

Everlasting Life - 9185 Central Avenue, Capitol Heights, Md.

Khephra's Raw Food Juice Bar - 402 H. Street Northeast, D.C.

Robek's (visit website for location nearest you www.robeks.com

BluePrint (supplied to area Whole Foods locations)

Suja Juice (supplied to area Whole Foods locations)

The PERFECT Juicer

Like everything from tires to bed linen, finding the perfect juicer is a function of cost, speed, amount of juice and fiber extracted, and its convenience (how long it takes to clean). While there are juicers available to fit every budget ($40 - $1200), most moderately priced machines (under $100) prove both practical and proficient. Do your research first. Some of our favorites include:

Hamilton Beach 67608 - Big Mouth Juice Extractor - Its feeder is extra-large which allows users to fit whole vegetables and fruits in and reducing cutting and prep time. It is easy to assemble and store, has a powerful 800 Watt motor and has dishwasher safe parts. $99

Oster 3157 400-watt Juice Extractor - This unit has a one-movement safety locking arm for fast and safe operation, as well as a removable feed chute for easy cleaning and storage. Made of sturdy all stainless steel filters and utilizing a 400 watt motor, the machine is sturdy. $45

Black and Decker Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor - Health- and budget-conscious consumers will love this machine. The 400-watt juice extractor makes quick work of fresh fruits and vegetables juicing. The quality strainer and stainless steel blades, separate pulp effortlessly. Dishwasher-safe parts also make cleanup a cinch. $49

The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer (in Black) is a favorite among local juicers and sold exclusively at Walmart stores. It features patented extraction technology that gives users up to 30 percent more juice than other juicers. A super-sized detachable pulp container and a whisper quiet 2,500 RPM induction motor. Juicing is quick, quiet and efficient. This power juicer is also dishwasher safe and has a surgical quality stainless steel blade. $99