One of the biggest benefits of juicing is that you're avoiding ingesting all the toxins, you're only getting the purest, highest quality micro-nutrients which are quickly and easily absorbed into your bloodstream. You're also able to consume many more fruits and vegetables by juicing than if you were to prepare them traditionally: steamed, sauteed, etc. Here's what Reboot With Joe has to say about it.
The juicer was a little intimidating to me on the first several uses. That blade is pretty crazy- demolishes an apple like you wouldn't believe ;) And yes, it is an investment, however one we haven't regretted for a moment. We did a ton of research prior to purchasing our Breville and we're so happy we splurged a bit and got the model we did. Breville is simply rated so much higher than any other maker that we didn't see another options, we'll be using this beauty for years to come.
Here's what we juiced today: carrots, celery, green apple, orange, spinach, and watermelon. You can vary it up, add things like ginger, pineapple, kale, plums, grapes, strawberries- they're all delicious!
One of the biggest downsides of juicing is the sheer amount of produce it takes. Kale is a very popular item to juice, yet I can hardly bring myself to do so, because it yields such a small amount of juice. Spinach is much more satisfying. We've been lucky enough to mainly be able to pick up produce from farmers markets and produce stands since moving to Portland which has given us access to fresher food at a better price.
Spinach and celery create quite the green base...
This is the pulp bag after one juicing session. Some people run this through the machine again to glean any last bits of juice out of it, but we've found it's not worth the effort, as our pulp is usually very dry already with one pass through this machine.
It always looks a little funky/foamy after juicing. Our models pitcher has a foam guard on the lid, but we prefer to just whisk ours in...
and while it changes color drastically, it's a much improved quality of drink.
We have these freezer-friendly cups that we love to drink our juice out of. It tastes best nice and cold (so over ice is great too), and is best (tasting AND for you) to drink fresh, immediately after you juice it.
Portland has several Juice Bars where you can go in and purchase a juice- they have a menu, so pick your poison that they make fresh right in front of you. They're super popular (they use the Brevilles too-further solidifying that we made a good choice!) and make a tasty juice! I usually stick with the green ones, or anything with pineapple in it, but hubby is more adventurous. He's tried a few with beets & tomato- I thought that one was nasty! Do you have those in your town?
If you're interested in starting to juice at home yourself, I've created a juicing section in our amazon store that has links to the juicer we bought and several other items that make juicing an easy part of your lifestyle. If you have any questions, I'm totally open to a discussion here in the comments section, on our facebook page, via twitter, or via email.
Have you ever had a fresh juice from a juice bar, or juiced at home? What are your thoughts on it? Do you think it's as great as we do?
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