I’m currently experimenting with juicing. Like most people, I was feeling the effects of the winter months. Missing the warmth of the sun on my skin, long walks through the farmers market picking up and smelling all the fresh fruits and vegetables, conversing with local growers. I find in the winter months I don’t eat as much fresh produce as in the rest on the seasons. It could be because I know what a tomato is supposed to taste like and it’s not what is available at the grocery store in February in Ontario from Mexico. I become kind of a fresh produce snob. However the solution came to me from a visit from my mother in law. She had just watched a documentary on juicing and was so excited about it that I had to watch it for myself. The documentary was on netflix and is called fat, sick and nearly dead. After that I couldn’t wait to start. We went to our local organic health store and picked up the essentials:
Now a warning: you will be surprised at the volume of fruit and veggies you use juicing.
We go through a 10lb bag of carrots, a 13lbs box of oranges and a 6lbs bag of apples every 4 1/2 days plus about 4 ginger roots and 2 stalks of celery as well as endless kale and spinach. This is just the two of us making two glasses of juice three times a day. I know some people may find the taste strong and maybe dislike it at first but I just happen to love it. I’ve always loved the raw taste of veggies. I hardly ever use salad dressing. The fun thing about juicing is customizing it to your taste, adding ginger for kick, apples too make it sweeter, carrots for a creamier nutty taste. Now you don’t need to buy organic but it’s always better to consume the least amount of harmful pesticides as possible.
Many of you may have heard of the dirty dozen of fruits and vegetables. These are the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables being sold at supermarkets.
The Dirty Dozen (in order of contamination)
Sweet bell peppers
Now you may be wondering what kind of juicer to use. Well we got a free one so we’re just using a cheap breville one and it’s working wonders. We do want to upgrade and hope to do product reviews soon. We would like one were you can juice wheatgrass. I’ll also be sharing juicing recipes. Here’s our morning favorite right now:
1 ambrosia apple
2 navel oranges
half a ginger root
2 handfuls of spinach
juice, mix , enjoy!
That’s all for now.