Sunday, September 21, 2014

Juicing 101







Determined to get healthy and fit (for real this time!), J and I recently purchased our first juicer.  Although we haven’t been juicing long, I thought I’d share a few things about our experience thus far.

Our juicer is the Bella High Power Juice Extractor.  Since we’ve only used it a short time, I'll hold off on an official review but I can report that it's worked well for us so far.  It is a 1000 watt juicer so it’s pretty darn powerful.  And speaking of power, this particular juicer is a centrifugal juicer which means it uses centrifugal force (and some scary blades) to separate the flesh of whatever you’re juicing from the juice you want to enjoy.

I’ll also spare you a step-by-step tutorial on how to juice.  In short, you stick the fruits and veggies in the top and delicious, healthy juice shoots out the feed tube and into the container of your choice and ultimately makes its way to your tummy and your body gets happy.  J calls the juicer “our healthy machine”.  At first, I was a little frightened of the noises it emits as it violently splits open kale stems, chews up beet roots and throws lemon seeds into the trash bin, but I got used to all that fairly quickly.  The best part of using a juicer is the amazing aroma in your kitchen during the process.  The smell of ginger is by far my favorite, but every ingredient boasts its own unique and yummy scent.

Juicing is a bit on the messy side, but cleanup isn't too taxing.  Using a plastic bag (vegetable bags from the grocery store work perfectly) to line the pulp bin makes disposing of fruit and veggie remnants pretty easy.  A quick wash in warm water and dish soap or a run through the dishwasher gets the parts clean.  After that, all that’s needed is a little light wiping of the kitchen counters to eliminate any remaining debris.

As I am often guilty of Googling the heck out of anything in which I take interest, I made sure to seek out some online sources for juicing info.  I started following FitLifeTV on YouTube for juicing tips and recipes.  They’re videos are extremely informative and fun.  The host Drew Canole’s energetic personality and fit physique make juicing all the more appealing.  JuiceRecipes.com is another great resource as it contains not only recipes but specific details on the benefits each ingredient provides.   The website is authored by Tracee Sloan who has been juicing her way to health for over a decade.  Did I mention she also does pinup modeling at the age of 45?  Talk about a hot mom!

So far, the juice we've made most frequently is a combination of kale, celery, cucumber, apple, carrot, lemon and ginger.  It's really refreshing and the ginger gives it a great kick.  For a kid friendly version, we use less lemon and ginger and increase the apple and carrot slightly.  Tonight, we juiced carrots, apples, spinach, collard greens and a little lemon and it was simply amazing.  This is hands down my favorite as of right now.  We made enough for J and I to have for breakfast and lunch tomorrow.   The consumption of two juices in lieu of a traditional breakfast and lunch, combined with a healthy dinner, is our goal for each day this week.

Since we are nearing the end of this post, I should probably touch on a couple of the benefits of juicing.  Drinking the juice extracted from fruits and vegetables differs from eating them because in doing so your body doesn’t have to breakdown flesh and sort out insoluble fiber as it normally would.  Of course, there are amazing benefits to eating fruits and vegetables whole, but juicing speeds up the delivery of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc to your system.  Juicing also makes consuming all those wonderful nutrients fast and easy.  I mean how often do we really eat a heaping plate of fruits and veggies all at once, not to mention multiple times per day?

If you are a juicing expert or enthusiast or even a beginner like me, feel free to comment with details on your experience, tips or anything else you’d like.  Below are a few juicing-related resources in link form.  Enjoy!

Bella High Power Juice Extractor
FitLifeTV on YouTube
JuiceRecipes.com
Green Juice Recipes
Reboot with Joe

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