So you might have noticed from the blog that I juice every once in awhile. That’s right – not too often, but every once in awhile. I love juicing because:
- Juice makes me feel energized and detoxified.
- I can juice produce I might have otherwise thrown away.
- Juice is easily digested by the body and is dense with nutrients.
On the flip side, juicing can be time consuming and not my favorite method:
- Juicing isn’t necessarily healthier than eating fibrous whole fruits and veggies; see here. Sometimes I’d rather have a big ol’ salad.
- Juicing produces lots of waste (pulp) and requires lots of produce.
- Juicers are kind of a pain to clean. Mine isn’t much worse than a food processor, but are time consuming to deal with.
I have the Breville Compact Juice Fountain. I used an Amazon gift card and got it for 50% off . It’s a centrifugal type juicer (a spinning blade that looks like a grater basket twirls around).
This compact juicer is best for single servings versus large batches for two. If you want to make a really large batch of juice, you’ll have to clean it out mid-way.
My favorite juice is usually involve beets + carrots + ginger, but today I had these lovelies waiting for me in the fridge.
Handfuls of spinach (I used more than shown here), 2 stalks of celery, 2 cukes, and a big knob of ginger. This yielded 2 servings. Juicing in progress:
You can see the finished product produces a lot of veggie pulp – I hate throwing it out! I hear if you have a dehydrator you can make veggie chips with juice pulp.
Finished product – green cocktail before dinner:
The celery in this juice was a bit overpowering; it could have used more ginger, an apple or lemon. But if you’re into green stuff like I am, it was still pretty good and energizing.
So all in all, yes I’m glad I have a juicer, but I’m more of a smoothie girl if I had to choose. Gotta love the Vitamix