Post # 1
I’m getting a juicer this weekend and I’m so excited to start! I’m not really interested in the weight loss aspect of it, mostly just the health benefits. I’m not planning on replacing all my meals with juice probably just one or two of them per day depending how it goes..
Just curious if anyone else is doing it and how its going, notice any differences? Also what juicer is everyone using? What are some of your favourite recipes?
Post # 3
@Stephville: commenting to follow!
Post # 4
I stick to greener juices when I want to lose weight but my favorite juice is a cucumber melon juice. Canteloupe and celery/cucumber. Delish. Very good for liver.
Post # 5
Which juicer are you getting? I have been wanting to do this because I don’t like eating vegetables but I wouldn’t mind gulping them down.. but most of the more affordable juicers don’t do a good job of extracting juice from vegetables (like kale, carrots, broccoli, whatever) so there’s tons of waste, and they filter out most of the good fiber. I wouldn’t want to get one and then only do fruits. I’ve been thinking about getting a vitamix because it just liquefies everything but it’s so expensive.
Post # 6
I started with the Jack Lalanne (because we already had one) but was struggling with having to toss all of the pulp/waste after juicing. I switched to the NutriBullet a couple of months ago because it pulverizes everything so you are getting all of the nutrients from the fruits/veggies.
My current go to recipe is: The Power of Greens Bag at Trader Joes (baby Kale, baby swiss chard & baby spinach), and whatever fruits I want to toss in. This batch is blackberries, pear, strawberries, blueberries and pineapple. I read somewhere that a juice batch is good for up to 72 hours after juicing/pulverizing. So I make a 3 day supply at a time for me and Darling Husband. I store them in 8oz mason jars for easy on the go drinks.
I have to admit that the juice from the Jack Lalanne is sweeter/tastier than the thicker green juice I make in NutriBullet, but I think I’m getting more fiber & the benefits of the fruits/veggies buy drinking “everything.”
Here’s a pic of me making my green juice.
Post # 7
I want to do the juicing thing but Ill have to save up for the machine. I would love to see peoples responses and if they lost weight or whatever they were trying to achieve.
Post # 8
We LOVE juicing!!
We have the Jack Lalane juicer and use it every week, sometimes more than twice. The biggest drawback is the cleanup (as others have mentioned). I will probably buy my husband a NutriBullet for Father’s Day this year so we have something more convenient to use when we’re in a hurry.
My favorite recipe: 3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces; 2 apples; 1 orange; 1 handful of chopped pineapple; optional* 1-2 sticks of celery and/or 1 cucumber (peeled). It tastes so tropical and light, even our kids love it!
Post # 9
I do it every now and then when I have the time, mostly as a healthy snack or breakfast option for work. I call it my super secret sexy juice. 🙂 I got the inexpensive juicer from Wal-Mart… I think it was $30 or so.
My favorite recipe: 2-3 carrots, 2 apples, two handfuls of spinach, 1 raw beet, and a tiiiiiiiny piece of ginger.
Post # 10
@kgirl91: Just like @ThePrincessBride10612: I’m going to be getting the Jack Lalanne one, based on the reviews I’ve read its a good bang for your buck, first time juicer and I want to know that I’m going to really do it before I invest in a Breville or Omega juicer. I’ve looked into the price and I’m going to be spending $60, which I think is fair to start.
As for “blending”(like ThePrincessBride10612 does) Blending & Juicing (from what I’ve read) both have benefits.. I was blending for awhile, but I just couldn’t stand it.. because I was blending 90% veggies (Kale, spinich, celery, cucumber, lettuce, swiss chard, etc.) and 10% fruits (which was either 1/2 an apple, a hand full of frozen berries or 1/2 a pear per juice drink) and I just couldn’t take the texture..It was too gloopy for me and I didn’t enjoy it..
While I was blending (I had two blended drinks per day) I HAD SO MUCH ENERGY! So both methods are good, you just need to figure out what works for you.
I’m so excited! If anyone’s interested I do recommed a few documentaries that got me on board with this – “Hungry For Change” and “Food Matters”. They’re both generally about health/nutrition. Hungry for Change touches a little bit more on juicing. And I know its been brought up a lot, and I’ve yet to watch it.. but “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” is another one thats supposed to be good.
Post # 11
@ThePrincessBride10612: I used Mason jars too! They are the best.. At the beginning I was using a plastic drink container and it was just disgusting because the plastic would alter the taste of the drink… And I’d only leave it in the container from morning til lunch!
Post # 12
We have a breville & it’s been great! I have to say, when I was having at least one juice a day, I seriously noticed an increase in my energy and alertness! I love it. We haven’t juiced in about a month but planning to start up again soon.
Gonna try the mason jar idea!
Our usual recipie is a bunch of Kale, a couple of cucumbers, a few carrots, a couple celery stalks, an apple and a half of a lemon 🙂 Sometimes some cilantro too.
Post # 13
@Stephville: I still struggle with the texture of my blended fruits/veggies. Mostly because the leafy greens make it more like a smoothie then anything. Sometimes I water it down a bit before drinking it but that just prolongs the process of consuming it. Either way blending or juicing, I know that I’m getting way more fruits and veggies then I would on a normal day.
I haven’t lost any weight since I started blending/juicing this year but I do feel like I have a ton more energy & I actually stopped drinking coffee because I felt so much more energized from my morning green juice/blend.
Post # 14
I try to juice about once a week at least(but sometimes get lazy…hahaha.) I pretty much always stick to the same combination of half a bunch of celery, a bunch of spinach, and 4-5 carrots which makes quite a bit of juice. I send SO to work with about half of it. He loves it now which is a shocker for a guy that lived on bacon cheese burgers!
I’m going to second watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.” It was really interesting and I think it was the kick in the pants SO needed to start eating healthier!
I forgot to answer the question… SO and I both feel so much cleaner(?) and full of energy when we drink green juice on a regular basis. I would also like to mention to avoid too much fruit in your juices, some fruits contain a LOT of sugar and may not help if you’re trying to lose weight.
Post # 15
@Stephville: Blech, I am such a texture eater and I don’t know if I could stand it. I could maybe handle it better than actually eating a bowl of kale though. Did you use a vitamix or a regular blender when you were blending?
This is kinda random but we just recently put our dog on a dog food + raw vegetables only diet for his teeth (before he was getting dog food + every random crap that we didn’t want to eat or that fell on the floor) and his energy level has increased dramatically. I’m hoping the same thing would happen to me if I started juicing or blending.
Post # 16
I love it. We juice and use the pulp in recipes.