Juicing Everything but the Kitchen Sink!

by Her Happy Balance on December 9, 2012

After seeing the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead I knew that I had to give juicing a try. Juicing may seem a little strange at first, but the health benefits from it are very compelling. So what exactly is juicing and why give it a go? Essentially it’s pretty self-explanatory, you put a bunch of fruits and veggies into a juicing machine and let the magic happen…lots and lots of vibrant colored juice is extracted from your produce while the pulp is seperated out. Here are a few of the reasons why juicing is a great healthy addition to your life:

  • Juicing helps “pre-digest” fruits and veggies so the important nutrients that some of us have trouble digesting will be absorbed into your body, instead of lost as waste
  • You can incorporate a greater variety of produce into your diet efficiently
  • Creative way to take in fruits and veggies without resorting to other methods that frequently involve extra added butter and oils to make the food flavorful
  • Quick! No boiling, steaming, or sautéing needed!

I can honestly say that I had never tried kale until I started juicing. I find that it is a great way for me to get the nutrients from vegetables that I wouldn’t normally eat, like beets and celery. The juicer I purchased is the Jack Lalanne Power Juicer. It is very easy to operate, relatively noise-free considering the machine is grinding raw vegetables to a puny pulp, and extremely affordable pricing in at just under 100 dollars. It may not extract quite as much juice from the veggies as other more advanced juicers, but for my needs it gets the job done. Check it out here: The Little Juicer that Could

Seen in the picture are all the ingredients to the Green Machine juice made in the documentary. They are 6 stalks of celery, 1 cucumber, 1 half lemon, small piece of peeled ginger root, 2 granny smith apples, and 4 kale leaves. After having downed this slightly sour concoction, I would recommend using half the amount of celery and a little extra ginger. Don’t be scared by the intense green colored juice, Popeye would be proud.

*Note: I am not a dietician or doctor*

Thoughts?

Have you ever tried juicing before?

What are your favorite fruits and veggies to juice?

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