I just got a juicer and have been on somewhat of a juicing kick. Have to admit, it took me some time to bend. I tried to love juicing for the longest time, yet something about it just didn't work for me – until a couple of weeks ago, that is.
I received a message from my body, and that message was that it wanted green juice. "Ok, we'll see", I told it. Later that day, I tuned into one of my favorite Podcast to find that the guest that week was a juicing aficionado. She recommended a masticating juicer, so I decided to look at some options. When I opened my computer to browse juicers and noticed that the time was 1:11 (repeated 1's have been following me everywhere) I decided to commit, once and for all.
My Omega J8006 masticating juicer arrived in the mail 2 days later. Ready to go (Max and I had stocked up on a rainbow of organic fruits and veggies the day before), I took Omega out of her box and assembled her parts. I was pleasantly surprised by how simple she was to set up, how all of her pieces were top-rack dishwasher-safe, and how she had a variety of additional uses for processing food, grinding coffee beans, and making homemade pastas, nut butters, and nut milks.
As I gathered produce for my first green concoction, I decided I would let go of any stories I had about juicing. While in the past, my enthusiasm would have challenged me to a 5-day juice cleanse then and there, today my intention was simply to make a green juice, drink it, and notice.
I switched Omega on and lovingly pressed kale, beet greens, cucumber, celery, kiwi, lime, and ginger. The result was a bright, emerald green, nutrient-dense beverage that literally made me sparkle from the inside, out. All it took were a few sips for me to feel turned on with mental clarity, increased focus, and a clean and stable burst of energy.
Ok – I got it. For all this time, it was my mentality around juicing that prevented me from truly experiencing its benefits and, ultimately, gave it a bad rap.
So, what did I learn?
Juicing is a quick and effective way to flood my body with the nutrients and antioxidants it needs to perform its best.
When used as part of my whole-food, plant-based diet, fresh juice made of mostly vegetables and small amounts of fruits is a great way to keep cravings at bay.
Periodically, I can use a juice fast to give my digestive system a rest, allowing it to focus its energy on ridding my body of built up waste and toxins.
I can also use juice as a supplement – to help me get over a cold in the winter, or for a burst of clean energy before exercise or work.
1/2 green apple or 1 kiwi is enough sweet to balance the bitterness in a large green juice.
I can actually cut costs at the supermarket by buying local, in-season produce in bulk, and using leftover juice pulp in a range or recipes, including, crackers, soups, smoothies, scrambles, baked goods, and dips.
To avoid waste, I save the pulp and use it in other recipes. So far, I've experimented with a variety of juice pulp crackers, juice pulp muffins, and vegetable broth. I'm looking forward to trying it in a variety of baked goods, scrambles, dips, veggie burgers, and pizza crusts! If I don't use the pulp immediately, I freeze it.
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