Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cup of health!

I Love Lucy - Vitameatavegamin!
Do you find that you're feeling tired, run down, listless?  Do you poop out at parties?  Are you unpopular? Well's not Vitameatavegamin, but the answer to all your problems can be found in this little juicer.

I am not being endorsed by Omega...but I wouldn't be opposed to it.  These are costly little machines, but the benefits outweigh the cost hands down.  My savvy hubby and I saw Joe Cross's "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead" a few months back and we have been juicing ever since.  I like to have one glass a day and my hubby drinks it far more often than I do.  

The taste is something that needs some getting used to, but I have developed a few tricks that kill the bitter and help us enjoy our cup of health.  One essential step with this particular Omega juicer is to strain the pulp from the juice.  Indeed, the machine does separate the juice from the pulp but even with the fine strainer attached there is a fair amount of pulp in the juice itself.  So as I am pouring it into my container I run it through another small strainer.  This produces juice as smooth as silk.  My friend's husband tried a glass, for the first time, and his initial response was, "WOW!  This is great!  There's no pulp."  I had to laugh (to myself) because men just don't dig pulp.  My savvy hubby nearly choked the first time I used our Omega juicer.  It was gross, we were chewing our juice...BLEK!

Juicing has numerous benefits.
  • Rapid micronutrient absorption
  • Fantastic way to bring more RAW fruits and veggies into your diet.  I mean with all the produce I put into my juicer there is no way I would be able to eat the same amount if it were just sitting on a plate.
  • Clearer complexion
  • Clearer thought process
  • Better sleep
  • More energy
  • You feel healthy!  I was feeling awful one day, I had a glass and VOILA!  I told my best friend and she said, "Oh!  All you needed was a cup of health!"  We had a good laugh, but she was right.  My body obviously craves health.
Those are just a few I can tell you, off the top of my head.  Now you may be asking, 'what to put into your juice?'.
Spinach, kale, cucumbers, ginger, mint leaves, parsley leaves, apple, orange, pear, celery, carrots, beets, Swiss chard, bok choy, green pepper, broccoli, brussel sprouts, blueberries and lemons.  I find by adding lemons and mint it helps cut down on the bitter taste of the greens.  

If you're seriously into your leafy greens, make sure your juicer can handle them.  Because of their natural courseness, it's critical to invest in a higher quality juicer to tackle them.  I have also found that by following your leafy greens with carrots is very helpful in getting the juice to come out.  Again, I have the Omega and this is true for my juicer.  There are many out there, but I must tell you...YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.  The cheaper the juicer, the lower the quality.  Do your homework before purchasing your juicer. 

If you store your juice in the refrigerator (which honestly is the only way to store it) and the juice turns brown...this means all the good nutrients of the fruits and veggies have died and renders the juice inefficient.  The cheaper the juicer, the less amount of time you'll have with your juice.  

It's quite a time commitment, so my advice is to get a juicer that will allow for a 72 hour window of storage so you won't find yourself juicing everyday.

Produce is pricey and organic can be a bit outrageous.  Please don't let this deter you.  I don't buy ALL organic.  My principle rule - if it can be skinned it doesn't have to be organic.  But if I plop my fruit and veg into the juicer without peeling or skinning, it has got to be organic.

Here's a video from Joe Cross demonstrating a juicer that William Sonoma carries.  Again, I'm not being endorsed by this company either.

It's a time comittment, but I'd rather invest my time in money in my health NOW as opposed to dealing with doctor's and their bills later in my life when my body is falling apart.  Just something to chew on ;)


Freda Gore said...

Hi Savvy Foodies, Love reading your post. I just bought a juicer a few weeks ago and was amazed how great it is So far I have jucied a few fruit and vegetable combinations. I love Cucumber and Apples, Mango and Carrots. And I am waiting to try beets with other fruits as soon as the beets are ready in my garden. Way back when we made vegetable juices by grating the vegetables and then adding water followered by straining. Now the juicer makes it so much easier. My Husband wants me to try Aloe with orange( Sounds disgusting)He swears it is good for your stomach I will keep you posted on how that turned out. Keep sharing your combination and I will share mine. I need variety. Thanks again for a great post

Savvy Foodies said...

Hey there!! Thanks for the ideas ;) I love the idea of growing your veggies in the garden. I just tried juicing pineapple and red grapes along with mint to my spinach/kale juice and it was remarkable.

Please do keep in touch with different combos you're trying. I will look into the Aloe.