Friday, April 5, 2013

Health + Fitness Friday: Adventures in Juicing



I've officially jumped on the juicing train and I am in liquid love. A juicer arrived on our doorstep in the form of a birthday present a couple of weeks ago- such a sweet husband! After months of watching food documentaries, reading articles and drooling over the juice recipes that cross my path as I browse Pinterest, I finally have my own juice bar open for business in our kitchen. This is also after the very same months in which I had to educate Mark Moore and convince him that a juicer is a much different species than a blender. Case closed.

Making healthy juices in my own kitchen is so much fun. I can't wait to experiment with different flavor combinations and really take advantage of produce that's in season. My friend Danica gave me some good advice and said that as often as you can, make your juices GREEN. I think this is great to remember because as tasty as fruit juices can be, they are also very high in sugar and should be enjoyed in moderation. The greener your juice, the better! I don't think that juicing can solve all of your problems and I certainly don't tout it to be a health miracle worker, but I do think that in addition to an already healthy diet and active lifestyle. 

I have mixed up the following delicious combinations so far:

apple, carrot + kale
pine apple + mango + orange + cucumber
grapefruit + ginger

The apple, carrot and kale combination is SO GOOD. Mark actually really liked it, too! I've been drinking a small glass of grapefruit ginger in the mornings this week and it's so refreshing! With a baby still cooking for another 9 weeks or so, I won't be doing a juice cleanse anytime soon, but that is definitely on the horizon! One thing I am struggling with is what to do with all of the pulp! We plan on using some of it for compost for our yard, but I have heard there are various sites that actually have recipes for juicer pulp. I'm a little skeptical but I also am not one to turn down a culinary challenge! 

I have the Breville Juice Fountain Multi- Speed Juicer and so far, I am loving it. Breville appliances are some of my favorites so it's no surprise that this juicer is good quality. Since juicing can be a bit messy, all of the pieces to this juicer are dishwasher safe making for an easier cleanup! Two weeks into this relationship, I would definitely recommend this juicer if you have the space.

I'll be sure to keep you all posted as I embark on more juicing adventures and mixing up some crazy combos. 

It's all about juicing over here today but pop over to A Daily Dose of Davis to see what is on everyone else's Health + Fitness Friday mind this week. 

Enjoy the weekend, friends!


8 comments:

  1. Hey Nina!! So funny, but I posted about juicing in my health and fitness post today too! I am thinking about getting a juicer and I have some questions. Would you mind checking out my post and answering some of the questions? Thanks dear!

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  2. These all sound delicious! I've been thinking about buying a juicer, but haven't yet. Crazy question, but how time consuming is it?

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  3. It looks like Katie already commented but I was just going to tell you that she just did her first cleanse!! You girls REALLY make me want to get a juicer!!! I suppose I should try some of these juices first, but you two are really selling me on it!

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  4. Juicing is AWESOME! My husband and I have been juicing since last year (after watching the documentary "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead".. Ahh!) and we have experienced so many benefits from it :) Have fun!!

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  5. I can't wait to get started!!!! :)

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  6. Yay! glad you are on the juicing kick, too! i've made carrot muffins w/ the pulp. we ultimately got the big composting thing out back b/c of ALL the excess--you know DJ was hating all that waste! pineapple and romaine and spinach is about the finest thing juiced EVER!

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  7. yay for juicing! I love the apple beet kale combo too!

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  8. My family is full of body builders and health nuts. My brother recommended me a couple of supplement products. Which fortunately proved enough for me.

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