If you have been reading my blog for a while you might remember in September I completed a 3 day juice cleanse using Blue Print Juices (read my post here). I really liked it, well actually, the green juice was really hard for me to get down, but I did like how I felt when I completed it. A couple of weeks ago Fresh Direct had their juices on sale again and I was thinking about doing it for a second time, the problem is it would cost over $150 bucks, and honestly that’s a little crazy. For the convenience factor it is totally worth the money. You don’t need to own a juicer, you don’t need to go to the store to buy the produce, basically everything is done for you. For people with inconsistent schedules or super busy people this is probably worth it to them. For me, I just couldn’t drop that kind of money again and would rather spend it on a juicer.
I have to admit my mother passed down her distaste for having appliances on the counter, so I used to not want to own anything that had to be out and look ugly (or as Alton Brown says, a uni-tasker). When I was a kid my dad used to be a coffee drinker, but every morning after he was done making his coffee my mom would clean it, put it back in the box and put it back under the counter. She has since lightened up on that and the Keurig that I bought my dad a couple years ago is on display daily. When I first moved into my apartment I used to only own a toaster oven, and a blender that I hid under my sink. Then I bought my Ninja blender which I am obsessed with and use on pretty much a daily basis, now that is out.
So back the the juicer. When I was considering the BluePrint cleanse again I messaged my friend Susan Shek asking her for a juicer recommendation. She always posts awesome instagram photos of natural vegan food that she makes, and I figured would be the best one to ask. And of course I was right. She pointed me to the Hurom slow juicer. You can get it on Amazon but it is expensive. When I saw how much it was, I decided that I was going to wait, but then a few days later when Susan was at Costco, they had the exact juicer for $100 less! So now I have a juicer lol
So why a slow juicer? Centrifugal juicers operate at super high speeds to make the juice but a slow juicer works at 80rpm’s which not only means it is super quiet but most importantly doesn’t produce any heat to damage the nutrients in the juices. A slow juicer works kind of like a mortar and pestle. It has a screw like auger that masticates, and presses the food which gives you more juice and less pulp, more nutrients and all the live enzymes.
I haven’t done a juice cleanse yet right now I am experimenting with different combinations, of fruits and vegetables then maybe in a couple of weeks I am going to start another juice cleanse. Also, now that it only costs me the price of the produce I can afford to go longer than 3 days if I can do it. I also want to figure out how to make the cashew milk that is the last juice in the blueprint cleanse. It was so good, it tasted like ice cream! I found this blog that posted her take on it, but it seems like she uses vanilla extract and I want to use real vanilla, so it will probably take some experimenting.
Now that I have the juicer, on the way home from the gym I stop at the produce stand around the corner and pick up what i need to make my juices. I am shocked how cheap it is and its super fast. Its only been a week, but I have used it twice a day since I got it and I plan on sticking to at least that.
Do any of you own a juicer? Any recipes to share?