Monday, May 21, 2012

The Chronicles of Juicing

My husband is obsessed with juice. There is always a cartoon of juice in our refrigerator but I try to stay away from it because there's so much added sugar. So after a few of my friends bought a juicer and raved about theirs I bought one too (word of mouth marketing does work). I purchased a Breville Ikon Juicer from William Sonoma for $200. I rationalized the pricey purchase by telling myself that over the long run it would financially pay off and fresh juice is way healthier and tastier than store-bought juice.  The best way to juice is to juice daily. I quickly learned that unless you are unemployed, have a full-time housekeeper or live with someone that has an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) about cleanliness, juicing daily is impossible. What I do is juice enough for about two days. Since fresh juice does not have any preservatives that's the absolute limit for fresh juice. 

The pros to juicing is it's delicious, you get a concentrated dose of nutrients and vitamins, and it's healthy . The con is it is TIME CONSUMING =shopping+ cleaning + washing +cutting + juicing +  more cleaning AND after an hour of juicing you may get about two full glasses (ahhhhh). 

In order to make sure that juicing remains healthy, you have to have more vegetable juice than fruit juice. I also add ice and water to my juice so it fills me up and is less concentrated. I will do another update after I do a three day juice cleanse this summer.  

Pineapple, orange, strawberry, and apple. 

Grapefruit, carrots, and cucumber

Grapefruit, cucumber, plums, ginger, and apple

My basic vegetable juice: cucumber, celery, tomatoes,  spinach and carrots


  1. Are you doing anything with the fiber? my only concern with a juicer is that you actually kinda miss on all that fiber... that's why I tend to go with a smoothie... but it is not as tasty/easy to disguise veggies.

  2. Great point Jules. I did some research in this topic and it's 50/50. Some nutritionist say
    you actually get more of the vitamins when you remove the fiber. For example when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate about 1% of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fiber, nearly 100% of the beta carotene can be assimilated. In general, most people feel the fiber is important and eating whole-veggies is always the best way to go. If you can't get 5-13 servings of veggies and fruits a day than juicing or smoothies are a good alternative.


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