Tuesday, March 13, 2012

High on Juice

Freshly juiced fruit and vegetables do not taste how I anticipated.

The first time I juiced I got nauseous. And I don't get sick like that. However, my husband drank his tall glass of juice and asked for more, so I tried a different blend of fruit and veggies and tried a sip. It was a little better. Since then, it's only gotten better. I can drink almost any blend and I love it. Not sure why my taste buds/stomach rejected it at first.

With amazon credit, I was able to get this fantastic juicer by Breville. The crazy thing is that in January it was $149.00, and now a used one is $200?! Apparently everyone and their uncle is juicing. I LOVE this juicer (we got it based on customer reviews) because it is easy to use and clean and it can take hard veggies like beets, sweet potatoes, ginger, etc. I didn't realize that I would have to clean the parts every time I juiced, but that is a small price to pay (5 minutes) for a glass of frothy, delicious nutrition. Not to mention now my husband gets numerous fruits and vegetables in his diet, too.

I have so many favorite blends, where do I begin?

Pineapple, Carrot & Ginger

The Sour Apple: Granny Smith Apples, Kiwi & Green Grapes (It is our favorite.)

The Beeting Heart: Pineapple & Red Beets (If you juice the pineapple first, then pour beet juice on top, you can pour the beet juice in the shape of a heart onto the pineapple froth and it is adorable. Sorry, no pic of this yet.)

Kale, Pineapple & Ginger

Tomato, Celery, Parsley & Cucumber (no need to add salt. celery is plenty salty. who knew?)

Apple & Ginger

Pineapple, Jalapeno, Celery, Kale & Parsley

Carrot, Tumeric (stains everything but totally worth it. can find it at some health food stores and most asian markets.) Ginger, Lime & Beet

Pineapple, Spinach & Mango (very thick and frothy)

Orange, Red Apples & Spinach

Now my goal is to find a good use for the fibrous material left behind (besides composting). I imagine that the bits left over from a carrot-ginger juice would be fabulous in a stir fry. I haven't researched ideas but that is my next endeavor.

I tried eating only fresh juice for three days and that was okay. It required a lot of food prep and washing the juicer parts every time I was hungry enough to juice. Three days was a good start. I thought after watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead that I would go two months on juice, but come to find out that if you plan to go longer than 10 days on fresh juice alone, it should be done under medical supervision. If I had the money to pay a naturopath right now, I would consider it, but alas....

For now Jeff and I use juice as a sweets substitute, sometimes a meal substitute and sometimes when friends are over we experiment with whatever they bring over.

Ginger is by far our favorite ingredient. We can't seem to get enough of the spicy, internally warming stuff!

More juicing ideas?


Vic said...

You're so close to my favorite juice first up; orange, carrot & ginger. I worked in a fruit shop for a while & there was a lady that would come in every single day for a tall glass of that; just the smell makes me happy!

Honestly, I've experimented with my juicer a whole lot & there isn't much that doesn't work! Have fun with it!

My Year Without said...

Thanks, Vic! That is one combo that I have yet to try, but now that I have all the ingredients, I think I will give it a try after my workout today.