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Juicing- take two!

My first juicing experience went something like this: Open the fridge, grab as many vegetables as I could carry at once, dump them all in a pile on the counter, and ready, set, JUICE! Into the juicer went carrots, apples, spinach, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, more carrots, celery, and maybe zucchini. The mixture at first was a bright orange color, then changed to a green color as I added the spinach and other vegetables. But when I was done and poured it into a cup, the juice mixed together, resulting in a beautiful not-so-appetizing colored concoction. I wasn’t very impressed by how it tasted either… I just told myself it was healthy!

That was a few months ago, and I haven’t juiced since. Until today, that is. Take two! This time, I tried to pick out just a few fruits and vegetables to juice, instead of going for the “let me just clean out the fridge” option. My ingredients to juice: kale, celery, an apple, and ginger.

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In case you’re wondering, the juicer I use is the Breville Juice Fountain Plus. Juicers can range from $60 to $700 in price, which is obviously a huge difference! It depends on what brand you choose, and what you want to be able to use your juicer for. The more basic juicing machines let you juice whole fruits and veggies without needing to cut them up first, while the more expensive ones can extract more juice; they also work to make nut butters or soup.

breville juicer

The great thing about juicing is that you don’t need to measure out anything exactly. If you add in 2 more slices of apple or a little less celery, it’s not going to drastically change how it turns out. I’ll share my recipe below, but if you have more or less of an ingredient, feel free to change things up based on your taste and what you have on hand!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 medium-sized apple, any kind
  • Celery (I used ~8 stalks)
  • Kale (~2-3 large handfuls)
  • Fresh Ginger
  • 1/2 lemon

This may in fact be the easiest recipe in the world. I don’t think there is any particular order that you need to put each ingredient in, but I juiced them in the order listed above.

3-22-14 027I added barely any ginger- less is more here! The flavor goes a long way. After I juiced the first 4 ingredients, I then squeezed the juice of half a lemon directly into the rest of the mixture.

3-22-14 029Stir it up a couple of times and you’re good to go! Once you get past the green color, it does feel really healthy!3-22-14 034

This was definitely much better than the first time I tried juicing! It wasn’t an “ohmygosh this is the best thing I’ve had ever” moment, but it wasn’t too bad. I think I will learn to like it if I have it more frequently. It wasn’t my favorite thing, but I love the amount of vegetables I can incorporate. There’s no way I could sit down and eat all of the veggies I put in in one sitting, but juicing allows you to meet, or even increase, the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables. I have no problem eating fruit- it’s one of my favorite things to eat! Vegetables are harder for me to remember to eat on a daily basis, though. I love salads for dinner, but if my choice for a snack is raw broccoli or an apple, the apple wins every time.

I won’t be juicing everyday, but I’ll definitely be trying new juicing recipes in the future. If you have a go-to recipe, feel free to share it with us!

Question of the Day

  • Have you ever tried juicing before? If so, what did you make?
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