I’m Bringing Juicing Ba-ack

Anyone remember the juicing trend? A few months ago it seemed like all anyone could talk/write/blog about was juicing. “It’s one of the best things you can do for your body…blah, blah…it makes your hair shiny…blah, blah….it gives you the skin of a four year old…blah, blah….if you juice you will live forever (or at least as long as that Jack LaLanne guy)….blah, blah, blahbahdee blah.”  The health benefits of juicing were everywhere and undeniable. So naturally I ignored it all and instead focused on my newly rediscovered passion for Tropical Fruit Flavored Mike & Ikes.

But then, on the advice of a nutritionist friend, I started to keep a food diary and quickly realized that I was either a tater tot away from needing a triple bypass or about to come down with a massive case of scurvy. Which is how this beauty came into my life.

Heron

Hurom Slow Juicer

I could sit here and tell you that I conducted hours of research before selecting a juicer. But I’d be lying. I chose the Hurom because it’s compact and gives good face. It’s also a masticating (cold pressed) juicer which, because it doesn’t produce heat during extraction, means that you get more bang for your buck nutrition wise. The down side is that you have to cut your ingredients into smallish chunks before feeding them into the juicer. (A quick Google search will lead you to all of the information you could possibly need to help you decide what type of juicer to buy.)

I’ve been using it for a few weeks and have started to read more about the health benefits of different fruits and veggies. So far I have two favorite recipes, the Greenie Pants and the Scarlet O’Carrot. (shut up)

Greenie Pants

Parsley

Handful of Parsley: Rich in Vitamins A & C. Good source of antioxidant nutrients.

Kale

Small bunch of Kale: High concentrations of Vitamins A, C, and K. Plus sulphur-containing phytonutrients.

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Half a cucumber (Cancer fighter), two stalks of celery (toxin eliminator), half a green apple (cause it’s yummy), one inch chunk of peeled ginger (combats inflammation)

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I swear this tastes good. If you want to add some zing drop in a bit of mint or half a lime. And if you want to kick up the nutrition add a teaspoon of spirulina, or any “green” powder.

The Scarlet O’Carrot

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Two carrots (immunity boosters), half a large beet or one small one (protects your heart), half a green apple, one inch chunk of peeled ginger.

Gorgeousness

Gorgeousness.

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This is a sweet and zappy concoction. But limit your amount as root vegetables tend to be high in natural sugars.

Cleaning the juicer is definitely not fun, but I am starting to feel the benefits of the various vitamins and minerals I’ve added to my diet. I have more energy and am slightly less cranky. And no, I am not going to do a cleanse. I’m not insane.

Now go and make a Greenie Pants so you’ll feel better.

xo

PS: When I looked up Jack LeLanne for this post I came across an article listing his greatest quotes. My favorite one is “If you lose a couple of inches off your stomach, your business down there will look an inch longer.”  The man was a poet.



Categories: Clean(ish) Living, Rants and Raves, Yummy

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