I love juicing!

Remember my post about some life changes I posted a few weeks back? You know, where I mentioned my new found obsession love of yoga, and talked about my attempt at improving my overall physical and mental health? Well I’ve now added juicing to the mix and I wanted to share it with you guys.
My husband bought this Jack LaLanne Power Juicer on a whim at Costco about 6 years ago (and yes, it’s just like the one you see on the infomercials- it actually works great!) We used it a few times and quickly grew tired of the “health kick” we were briefly on and the juicer remained in the box for years after that. I just recently pulled it out of the box, dusted it off, and set it up on the counter right next to my coffee maker in hopes of maybe using it. And you know what? I have been.
First, let me start by saying that I’m not a nutritionist or a juicing expert by any means. I couldn’t tell you if juicing your fruits and vegetables is just as healthy as eating them, and I’ve heard people argue on that one. (Read this little bit of info on juicing here). However, I can tell you that juicing is healthier than not eating your fruits and veggies at all, so for me, that’s good enough. I figured this was at least a good way for me to get some extra vitamins and nutrients, even if it isn’t exactly the same as eating all of the produce whole.


My favorite juice recipe

I’ve heard people say that juicing is expensive, and I’m sure it can be depending on what produce you use. Right now is not really the best time of year to buy tons of fresh produce for juicing, so stick with the basics and change it up later when more fruits and veggies are in season and are plentiful (and cheaper!) Here’s what I’ve been making for myself daily:

2 apples
1 orange
3-4 carrots
1 or 2 handfuls of spinach
5 or 6 strawberries (I don’t always add these but they were on sale this week)

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I’m sure some people are cringing at the veggies in the juice, but I promise, you can’t even taste them. The carrots maybe a little bit, but they actually have a very sweet flavor. And combined with the apples, oranges, and berries you really can only taste the delicious fruit.

 

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Mmmmm. Doesn’t this look appetizing? You have to make sure to stir it up really well and drink it immediately. Don’t let it sit for too long and don’t save it for later because as it oxidizes and sits it will lose some of it’s vitamins and nutrients. Plus, this juice isn’t pasteurized like the stuff at the store, so it can quickly develop bacteria and become contaminated if you don’t drink it right away.
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This makes more than enough juice for myself, so the kids will actually drink whatever is left over. Yep, my kids love this stuff. They were a little put off by the green color at first, but after they tried a sip they were hooked. My daughter pouts now if I’m making juice and there isn’t any left over for her!
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See? The kids approve.

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Have you ever juiced? Or wanted to try it? I’d love to hear your experiences and recipes!
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