With my focus on health and transforming the food in my kitchen with reducing processed food, I knew that a juicer would be another tool to assist with this mission. When I found out SPUD was carrying juicers, I knew they would be a great place to ask for help – their knowledge in the world of organics & now juicing is well respected. And this folks, is the difference between buying an appliance like a juicer at a department store or with a small business that specializes in education. I have received support, recipes, the Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead DVD, and I know SPUD is invested in my juicing success. Juicing machines have really evolved over the last few years. I think older models had lots of pieces and were tough to want to use because of the cleanup. This isn’t the case anymore as my Breville Juice Fountain Elite has 5 big pieces that snap together – my kids could assemble it. Not only is it easy and a beautiful machine if you want to store it on your counter-top, but the pieces that heat up and actually create the juice, are stainless steel. For a person trying to stay clear of plastic – this is a wonderful feature.
SPUD has totally evolved since I last ordered produce. They sell two types of top rated juicers (Breville and Hurom Slow Juicer) and also offer organic juicing boxes. The juicing boxes are easy to order and once you have a couple of favourite juicing combo recipes, figuring out box contents is easy. The SPUD Dynamic Beauty box is a great mix of produce items and provides around 20 glasses of juice a week, or around 2-3 glasses a day. The All Vegetable box would probably be more in line with Joe’s Reboot (Creator of Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead documentary) as he is a big fan of greens. Juicing boxes were designed to be more of a supplement to healthy eating versus a complete juice cleanse, although you could always order more produce to do a cleanse. I’m working my way up to a 3 day cleanse – I think if you’ve got solid recipes to ensure proper nutrition, a system reboot is worth a try.
The key for wanting to use a juicer often is the process needs to be easy. I have a tough time staying on top of home cooked meals, healthy baked snacks, so using a juicer needs to be quick and fun. And boy is it both! The kids also love to help making juices and the rule is “if you help you have to try the finished product”. They haven’t been a huge fan of the deep green juices, but they love any of the carrot, apple, orange, celery combos. The X-Ray Vision Juice recipe listed below is their favourite! The Hurom juicer is a masticating slow juicer which means you get a really high juice yield, and maximum nutritional value because the produce isn’t heated during the juicing process. It uses a low speed technology system so produce isn’t oxidized and each glass of juice is filled with tons of beneficial live enzymes and micro-nutrients. SPUD is also now carrying the Hurom Premium Slow Juicer & Smoothie Maker which is a great machine for families that like to both juice and create smoothies! I was torn between these two models trying to balance my love for stainless steel and the slower processing yield of the Hurom – you just need to decide what is the most important to you in a juicer.
Why do I love the juicer? There are certain nutrients that I want to be eating but haven’t spent the time or energy to find a way to ingest them in their whole form. A few examples of this are kale, ginger, spinach, and celery. These greens and ginger are hyped for a reason. They are incredibly good for you but I really dislike the taste of kale and ginger. Yes, I’ve tried kale chips too – but nothing has permanently stuck with kale. And with all the nutritional sites I follow, you start to feel inadequate if these super foods aren’t on your list as everyday food choices. Well I can get these foods on a regular basis through juicing. And on the other hand, you also discover there are foods you would just rather eat than juice and cucumber and beets are these items for me. I love raw cucumbers and steamed beet salad – these foods have a bitter taste when juiced.
Juicing is transforming other parts of our lives as a family. I’m finally getting one of those fridges that you open and the first thing you see on every shelf is a fruit or vegetable. We always have full shelves of green or fruit and I love that. Fresh juicing of delicious produce reduces another packaged and normally unhealthy product of traditional boxed juice in your fridge. I love being that mom that can grab a handful of apples, oranges, or carrots quickly, juice them up and produce a great glass of nutritious juice for the kids when they ask for it. The largest shelf in my fridge is the top shelf – here is a picture of what it’s holding.
I’ve bookmarked many juicing recipes and will share more of these with the benefits of the green vegetables while we continue to juice. For now, I’ll forward you two favourites – the X-Ray Vision Juice because it’s amazingly tasty (and we make popsicles with the leftover juice). Also, the Deep Green Juice – I must admit I had to pull on my big girl pants to finish the green juice, but when you look at the nutrients from it – wowza! It’s easy.
Deep Green Juice (makes 2 large glasses)
4 stalks celery
2 handfuls kale
1″ piece of ginger
1 stalk celery