green juice

Almost every day I drink fresh juice consisting mainly of vegetables with a little fruit added for flavor and creaminess (oranges). I have the juice for breakfast and sometimes lunch too, switching-up the ingredients from time to time. Contrary to what people think who don’t know about juicing but have an opinion about it anyway, no, it’s not expensive and no, I’m not better off eating the fruits and vegetables instead of juicing them. Don’t get me wrong, I also eat fruits and vegetables but I couldn’t scarf down what I juice in one meal. Juicing allows me to get the nutrients from a lot of fresh produce. And it costs me anywhere from $3 to $8 a day depending on where I shop and how many times a day I juice. It’s also not as time consuming to make as people think. It takes me about 10 minutes to wash and peel (citrus) or chop the fruits and veggies, juice them, drink the juice then clean the juicer. About the same time it takes to make a sandwich. Ok? Good, now we’ve got those few things out of the way let’s move on shall we…

lots of healthy  produce

Mum and I were juicing long before it was really popular, we started back in the late 80’s. We’d have fresh juice twice a day which usually consisted of everything in the pic above with the addition of beets, parsley and carrots. Like I do now, we’d mix it up though. We continued this, experimenting with different fruits and veggies until I moved to Canada in 2000. One of my favorite juices is the addition of berries to my regular mix.

green juiceOver the years sadly I’ve been a bit on again off again with juicing. About two years ago a friend of mine got me started again (thanks Melissa). I used to bring my juicer to work and we’d spend our break making a giant jug of juice we’d share. Now I juice every day gain. I feel so much better for it. When I don’t I notice the difference  in how I feel. Juicing helps with aches in my joints, especially my poor knees; it alleviates headaches and helps with my allergies. It gives me energy and makes me feel more alert. My whole digestive system sees to operate better when I’m regularly juicing. Oh, and it can aid in weight loss too. And these are just things I’ve noticed. I’m sure there’s a lot more going on inside my body that I don’t know about.

juice ingredients

If you’ve not seen a documovie called ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ I urge you to watch it. Made by fellow Aussie, Joe Cross, it follows Joe across the US as he does a 60 day juice fast, loses a shitload of weight, comes off he’s medication and goes into remission with a nasty skin disease he’d been plagued with for years. It’s inspirational. He’s now made ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2’ which is good too – both movies make a powerful message – juicing is good for you and helps your overall health and well being. Watch it on Netflix if you have it (we love Netflix in our house), or download it on iTunes or buy the DVD’s. I hope if Joe ever decides to shoot a third one, he follows people’s journeys and how they overcame illnesses and obesity through juicing because that is really the inspirational part. I urge you to at least watch the first movie. It could be life altering. Joe is spreading the word of the benefits of juicing around the world. I hope he continues to inspire people to get healthier.

green juice gone

Expect to pay between $100 to $300 for a decent home-use juicer. Breville make some excellent juicers including a good entry level one for around $150. Breville is actually an Aussie company, originally from Melbourne but now operates in many countries around the world including the US. Their products seem readily available in stores here. I think the money is a small investment for what could be huge health benefits. I can’t stress enough how much better juicing will help you look and feel. Like exercise, you need to be consistent with it though. I’d love to hear from people who either want to try or are trying it. Your body will thank you for it. Cheers!

green juice

  • 4 big handfuls of spinach leaves
  • 1 apple, halved
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 5 celery stalks
  1. Before you start make sure you have a jug, glass or bowl underneath the spout where the juice comes out. I have made the mistake of forgetting this a couple of times, it’s quite the mess.
  2. Put half of spinach leaves in chute of juicer; press down on plunger. Add half the apple and press down on plunger. Add remaining spinach leaves, cucumber, orange and celery. Makes about 3 cups.
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