Have you ever juiced before? I had been hearing so much about the benefits of juicing and how people who dislike certain fruits and vegetables love them when they are juiced. Finally, I decided to invest in a juicer to see for myself whether the rumors were true.
It all started with the GOOP detox diet, which had several juice concoctions that frankly scared me, but Ms. Paltrow swore up and down how good they were. I used these as my starting point, and now I am a religious juicer!
My adventure began with beets. I hate beets. For whatever reason, they remind me of the canned cranberry sauce used at Thanksgiving that comes out in a blob. It also does not help that my husband once downed beet juice thinking it was something else and vomited it all up. So yes, this is what I used to think about when I saw beets.
Juicing, however, has changed my view of beets. While I am still not a fan of non-juiced beets, I have found a way to get this very healthy food filled with phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, as well as fiber, vitamins A and C, niacin, and biotin into my diet. The GOOP detox diet changed my mind. This juice recipe calls for 1 large beet, 1/2 lemon with zest and pith removed, 2 large carrots, 1 large apple, and a 1″ piece of ginger. Amazing!
Then there is kale. While I love vegetables – the crunchier and more undercooked, the better – kale is not something I look forward to eating. However, after juicing it, I have now incorporated it in my diet. I started with the GOOP detox diet recipe here as well, which calls for 1 cup kale, 4 stalks celery (with leaves), 1 1/2 pears, 1″ piece of ginger, 1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed.
After finding how much I enjoyed the kale and beet juices, I started to experiment. I would take what I had in my fridge and look up juices that would incorporate that fruit or vegetable. In some cases, I would even look into juices for specific purposes like clear skin. I have been experimenting around and have found some great-tasting concoctions! My favorite now is juicing an entire cantaloupe (with the rind), a sweet potato, and three pears. This is supposed to help with fertility and it is yummy!
My hairdresser suggested I try juicing an orange and a grapefruit. Ugh! I am not a fan of the bitterness of grapefruit. However, he promised that the orange cuts the strong taste of grapefruit. He was right! However, I would recommend 2 oranges and 1 grapefruit.
If you are interested in learning more about juicing, the Internet is filled with great information ranging from the benefits of juicing to various recipes to the type of juicer you should buy. I highly recommend investing in a good juicer and adding juices into your diet. It’s healthy, tasty, and so easy!
One important note: Look up how to juice specific fruits and veggies as it can affect the taste. For example, cantaloupe rinds can be juiced but orange rinds cannot or it will taste too bitter. Also, juice that which has been in the fridge. I tried warm juice once and almost vomited.
Good luck and enjoy!