I never thought I would be one of those people. One of those people who would be into juicing. You know, be prosaic and jump into a health fad. Not me. NOT AT ALL.
We are influenced by the people in our lives though and things happen in 3's.
Here we go 1, 2, 3....
1. A few months ago, a friend at work got me hooked on going out for green juices. What started out as a 1x a week office escape to Nekter or Chopshop, became a daily event. At $10 a drink, that's an expensive treat. Worse than a fancy Starbucks.
2. When I visited my Mom in Wisconsin last month, she was smoothie crazy. She just bought a Ninja and I had bought my Ninja a few weeks back when my blender died. We were getting our Ninja on making smoothies and juices.
The Ninja is best as a blender unless you like pulpy juice. A blender retains the pulp of the produce making it frothy and thick hence a smoothie. A juicer gets rid of the pulp making it...well a juice.
3. Then Jess emailed me asking about juices and weight loss. I've been consulting with her on her weight loss. I told her "juicing is not a means to weight loss unless you only drink juice the rest of your life and who wants to do that?" Juicing is for nutritional purposes and to rid the body of toxins. It's not a weight loss cure.
After I typed my email, I realized I had been drinking juices daily for weeks and my stomach bloating was gone. Bloating has been a thorn in my side since my my 80 pound weight-loss. Honestly I can't remember the last time my gut felt this good.
The straw that finally broke
my bank account the camel's back was last weekend when I was desperately craving juice. The closest juice bar is 30 minutes from my house and that's not gonna happen. I solved my juice problem and bought one. My research led me to Breville for two reasons - high reviews and reasonable cost.
The juicer is not much bigger than my coffee pot. I have a large kitchen so space is not an issue, but I hate clutter. Only the important gadgets get a space on the counter.
On the other hand, my refrigerator is small and overflowing with bulk produce.
Juicing is a great option for getting more nutrients and antioxidants in your body without the digestion of fiber. While fiber is filling and we all need more of it, fiber can cause GI issues. By juicing, you're able to consume many fruits & vegetables at one time and get immediate nutrients injected in the bloodstream.
Fresh juices not only help you get your daily servings of 2-3 fruits or vegetables 3-4 times a day, it can also aid with boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer and guard against cell damage.
Pros of Juicing
- It's less expensive than buying juices. Juicers are expensive at first, but if you use it enough you will get your money back & then some.
- You customize the ingredients. This is the fun part. Picking the combinations that suite your palate.
- Easy way to get more produce in your diet. This is especially true if you are not a produce lover.
- Less fiber. Juicing make it easier to digest more produce and nutrients without the GI effects.
Cons of Juicing
- Fiber is removed. Fiber is important for moving waste from the body. You could always add the fiber into salads or muffins, but I caution it's not tasty. It doesn't look appetizing at all.
- Juices can be calorie dense depending on the ingriedents you chose. Fruits & vegetables have calories too.
- Difficult to make in advance. Juices lose nutrients quickly. They should be consumed 30-60 minutes after making them.
- Cleaning the juicer. It's truly awful!
All of the cons are outweighed by the deliciousness of this green goodness. Now if you will excuse me. I'm off to get my green on.
Do you juice at home? What's your favorite combo? Do you notice a difference when you drink fresh juices? Any juices you don't like?
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