Monday, January 14, 2013

Juicing

This is not my typical blog post but I thought I would share since Will and I have had a lot of  questions in our new interest of juicing.  Since New Year’s we have been juicing up fruits and veggies for breakfast and we are really enjoying! 

We watched a documentary last year, “Fat Sick  & Nearly Dead” and we wanted to run out and buy a juicer!  It is an amazing story and I highly recommend watching the movie.  We held off on the juicer because they are pretty expensive and we were afraid we wouldn’t like the juicies.  We tried a few in the blender and they were ok but a little too pulpy for me.  A few weeks ago we watched “Hungry for Change” and it focused on the benefits of juicing some so we decided to take our Christmas money and gift cards and give it a try. 

I had a couple  recommendations for the Breville brand juicer so I went with the Breville Juice Plus.  (I just realized when I added the link, it was the juicer in the movie “Fat Sick & Nearly Dead”. )  It was a more reasonable $149 and I bought at Bed Bath and Beyond with a 20% coupon and I had a $20 gift card so only $100 out of pocket.  So far I have been very impressed. 

We have tried a few recipes and are really liking everything we try.  It takes a lot of veggies for just a little juice and we both wanted one drink each morning (about 10-12 oz. each).  To streamline the process I buy a lot of veggies at the beginning of each week and when I get home from the store I go ahead and wash them.

Juicing, Veggies

Then I divide them and bag them. Labeled by the drink name so I can just grab and juice in the mornings.

Bagged and Ready

Breville Juice Plus

We are mostly drinking green smoothies which have a lot of kale or spinach with watery veggies like celery or cucumber.  Green apples and/or pineapple make them a bit sweeter. So far we have not combined anything we didn’t like.

This is the Green Machine, recipe found HERE.  The Whole Living website is awesome for any healthy food.  I leave out the water since I am juicing and not blending.

Juicing, Green Machine

Green Machine Juice

This orange beauty is an April invention.  It’s 4 carrots, 2 mangos, 1/2 lemon, 1 inch ginger root.

Juicing Mango Carrot

A few of the other juices we like are listed here.

Dr. Oz Green Drink  (click on link)

I omit mint, orange, lime, and carrots

Kale Cleanse

3 kale leaves

parsley

1/2 lemon

1” ginger root

1/2 cup pineapple

3 stalks celery

 

Additional Recipe Info

We sometimes add carrot or pineapple to any of these.  Sometimes we omit the lemon. My advice is combine leafy greens, watery veggies, fruit like pineapple or green apple, and antioxidant rich veggies like beets or carrots.

Will swears he has lost weight after two weeks of one meal substituted for juice (he didn’t eat breakfast before).  I don’t know that I’ve lost any weight but have less cravings for greasy food.

Do any of you juice?  If so what is your favorite recipe?

 

April

 

**I was not paid in any way to write this post by Breville or Bed Bath & Beyond

1 comment:

  1. I seriously need to try these! They look delicious and I know they are healthy for me!

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