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Juicing it up!

I recently have been into ‘juicing’. Mostly because of Tone It Up, but I love juicing and all the nutrients you can get and also doing a day cleanse. I haven’t ever done more than a day cleanse because they are SO expensive. This past Christmas I asked for a Juicer so I could make my own juice and enjoy it at home and on the go instead of having to buy it from a Juicery. Don’t get me wrong, I love the convenience of purchasing a pre-made juice, but at the same time, they get pricey and when I started getting them 2-3 times a week I realized I was spending almost 20-30 dollars on juice alone. It’s an expensive habit to enjoy, so that’s why I thought possibly having a home juice would be beneficial. I was lucky to receive the Breville Juicer from my in-laws. I think B may have tipped them off on my costly habit, and how this was something I really wanted :) Needless to say, I opened the box and was really excited, and also nervous!

The first thing everyone says about home juicing is the clean up. Yikes! That’s what stopped me from ripping open the juicer on the spot and juicing right away, but the bark is much worse than the bite and I didn’t mind the clean up at all! The great thing about the Juicer I got is that it’s all dishwasher safe. BOOM! That makes a huge difference. There are only about 4 parts to clean and it didn’t take long to assemble or dissemble. It was easy and I made a ton of juice already! The shelf life for the juice is pretty limited, but I can totally see myself making a ton the night before and storing it in the fridge and taking the next day to work.

Here is my first juice making experiment.

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After I took this photo I made another glass container full and filled up another half a glass to add to my dinner juice.

So onto the main question. What did I juice?

Well I have been told by a juicing fiend friend that you want to keep your juices as green as you can. So I usually add spinach, cucumber or kale to all my juices that I’ve made. You cannot even taste it! I went to the store and got a ton of ingredients, and spent about 40 dollars, which was way overboard, but hey, wanted to give it a try and see how this bad boy worked. I realized I forgot celery, mint and kale when I got home too. Fail!

I basically made a mish-mash of a ton of ingredients I had on hand. The reds on the left include some of these

Beets, Spinach, Carrot, Apple. I would fill up a glass bottle and add more to see what the next mixture would taste like and kind of like a smoothie, it’s all good, just tastes like juice.

The middle or lighter color juices include some of these

Lemon, Apple, Cantaloupe, Mango, Pineapple, Lemongrass, Cucumber, Pear. Again, no matter what I was mixing, it all turned out okay.

The right or darker green juices includes some of these

Spinach, Apple, Lemon, Carrot, Mango, Pineapple, Orange, Cucumber. I cannot wait to make an aloe vera, lemon, cucumber mix. Gah, I sound like a full blown hippie.

I read that when juicing to add lemon to your juices to make them last longer, so I added a little lemon to all my juices to help preserve them. I realize that juices don’t last THAT long once you extract them, about 24-72 hours, depending on your source. I am going to see what comes out the best and focus on making better recipes in the future, but I think I was intimidated and just wanted to get my first juicing session out of the way! I was pretty scared of the mess I would be making, but clean up wasn’t bad at all, I was nervous for no reason. :) It also helps that practically my entire machine is dishwasher friendly. My favorite two words, paired together!

I think I will be perfecting my juices on the nights when B is working, it’s easy and I can have them the next day at work and for dinner that evening. I definitely see a 3 day juice cleanse in my future too, now that I own a juicer and can make my own juice. I really want to try aloe vera in my next batch and also find some solid recipes that I can try to replicate. I know adding some cayenne pepper also helps add flavor too! There are some good recipes here that I am looking forward to trying too. I love one from the local juice place with tomato, cayenne, cucumber and cilantro. It tastes like a cool salsa!

The bottles I have been saving for juice are just regular GTS Synergy Kombucha Bottles and I would soak them and take the labels off. They work perfect since they have solid lids and are great for storage! Though I have seen people store juices in all types of glass containers and since I’m what B calls a glass hoarder, I’m all about saving lids now too for all my juicing experiments. I think the only person who is going to not like juicing is B, because he will want more than juice for meals!


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