My Adventures in Juicing

Yes, dear readers, I fell a victim to one of the most popular trends that can take place in your kitchen – juicing! Having watched some documentary on Netflix, I think it was called Hungry for Change, I started researching and googling different juicers everywhere I went! I kid you not, I tweeted about juicers, stalked people on Instagram, asking them which one they use, etc etc

And finally I got one! A GE 800 watt Juice Extractor:

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This juicer usually runs for about $50, and is considered a good started juicer. I bought it for $25, at the Salvation Army Target Overstock in the Warehouse District in Minneapolis (let me know if you need directions πŸ˜‰ )

There were two juicers there at the time, this one, and another, I forget the brand, but it cost $60! Knowing me, and my husband, who didn’t want to spend the extra money, I got the cheaper one, besides it came with the box, which made me trust it more! I also took it all out, including the instructions, read everything 3 times over, including 20+ reviews on the internet (which went from great juicer to this product sucks) and headed for the check out!

Let me be honest with you, so far it’s great! I am not going to say that it’s the best $25 I’ve ever spent, no I don’t think so, but I got myself a pretty good deal, a great juicer, and a healthier diet thanks to it!

Of course when you buy a product like this your first urge is to juice everything in the house, even the foods that don’t go in there! Hold your urge! Talk to friends or read blogs about juicing, then start your process!

Here is what I learned after 1 week of everyday juicing:

– Never ever juice a grapefruit!

– Tomato juice is actually pink, not red!

– One cucumber contains about 12 oz of juice!

– Carrot juice is neon orange and I love it!

– One 8 oz glass of fresh juice will last you up to 5 hours with no food!

– There are way more people who juice on Instagram than I thought!

– Juicing is considered a part of raw foods movement

– Some people recommend to detox using fresh juice 3 days out of the month, every month!

– I have been doing dishes more regularly with the juicer!

– It’s better to juice into a tall glass than a short glass (just because it’s easier to prevent spilling)

– You can use left over pulp for muffins or combine it with cat/dog food!

There is so much to learn about this, and even though I sound sarcastic at times, I am absolutely happy with my new toy! Sam on the other hand isn’t, he says it’s gross! And asks me not to let him smell it πŸ™‚

Now about the juices! I have been trying to document each and every one of them on Instagram last week, to make it easier for me when I was going to blog about it! I think it worked:

Carrot and apple juice (about 2 apples and 4 carrots for 8 oz)

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Orange, carrot and kiwi juice (I can’t remember how much I used of each fruit now, but I know for sure there was only 1 kiwi!)

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Cucumber, celery, tomato (loved this combo, and cucumber juice alone!)

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Pineapple, celery juice

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Have you ever tried juicing? If so, how did you like it?

Have a great day everyone,

Xo,

Z

Comments

  1. After watching ‘Hungry for Change’, I became addicted to juicing too. Carrots, apples and beets is my favorite.

  2. loveeee carrot and apple juice- it’s my favorite :))

  3. I love my juicer and use it for a variety of fruit and vegetable juices. The only thing that I found I didn’t like juiced was beets. Everything else I love! Keep it up, it’s very healthy and you feel great!!! ~Sophia

    • Sophia, I am going to be brave and try beet juicing, but for now, I’ve been loving it! And we are starting a Fruit/Vegetable theme in our classroom, so my juicer will be making it’s appearance at school too!

  4. Now you’ve even got me interested in juicing. I’ve been trying to be healthier lately and I just might have to try this.

    • Definitely give it a shot, I also think the more veggies you juice the better it is! Let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  5. I haven’t tried juicing, but I’m intrigued! Are the juices very “pulpy”? I can’t stand pulp!

  6. Haha i love the tips

  7. Can you “juice” with a magic bullet?

  8. Great post, Zhenya! I made a post about juicing a while back, too! — http://simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/feelin-juicy/
    I am definitely eager to try out some of the combos you listed above! (I noticed you said not to juice grapefruit — I did this recently and it was hard to take down so I added a few apples and carrots to balance it out!)

  9. lauretabcn says:

    Yummi!!!! That looks great, Zhenia! Now I’m onto “green smoothies” (have a look here to get interesting combinations: http://www.rawfamily.com/green-smoothie) and it’s really tasty! My fav smoothie is: baby spinach + strawberry + banana. Have you tried it?
    Cheers!

    • I love smoothies too! Maybe that’s what I’ll have for lunch today! And thanks for leaving me the link! Have already checked it out! Love it πŸ™‚
      Have an awesome day!

  10. I haven’t juiced in a while, but I put anything I don’t personally like eating in the veggie world into my juices. Also I add ginger to EVERYthing..lol. It’s my go-to favorite zing-inducing ingredient. I also read that you can make veggie crackers out of the leftover pulp in addition to the other uses you mentioned. Have fun juicing! I need to get back on track with that myself. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for stopping by and for adding your input! I am planning on adding ginger soon! Have it on my shopping list πŸ™‚ I also think this is the only shape/form of fresh celery that I will ever eat πŸ™‚

  11. I blend all of my fruits and veggies! Celery has such a funny taste but now I’m tempted to blend it with pineapple to see if that makes any difference. Keep up the good juicing πŸ™‚

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