Friday, June 15, 2012

Juicing For Better Health

Recently I watched the documentary Fat, Sick, & NearlyDead.

The premise of the movie is that juicing-by way of incorporating significantly more vegetables and fruits into your diet-can drastically improve your life. It is a great documentary on getting healthy and even though I don't have any interest as of now to juice exclusively, it did make me want to try juicing. I had never done it before. Growing up it was not unheard of to have a Pepsi for breakfast so orange juice-whether freshly squeezed or not-was not a concept I grew up with. Juicing was literally foreign to me.

I bought Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer for $99.99. I know relatively little about what makes a good juicer, um, good and the recommendations online were for juicer's well over $300. Mama just can't commit to spending that kind of money on something that is going to be occasional. Check out Jack LaLanne's Power Juicer and see for yourself.

I've had my juicer for about 3 months now and it is perfect for my needs. I have juiced about a dozen times and I've never had any clogs or problems with my machine. I can't say whether or not Jack LaLanne's Juicer would hold up to juicing EVERY meal like they do in the documentary, but for my needs it works great.

This is for the Glowing Green Juice from Kimberly Snyder'sThe Beauty Detox. The recipe is:

1 bunch of kale
3 stalks of celery
1 granny smith apple
1/2 a lemon

This juice has a very heavy kale taste. If that bother's you then add an orange to help cut the bitter taste of Kale.

My favorite juicing recipe is from the little booklet included with the Jack LeLanne's Juicer. The recipe is:

5 broccoli florets
1 pear
1 apple
1 orange
1 lemon

This is delicious and everyone who I make it for loves it! To make it more 'green' I think adding a little kale or another super vegetable would be great.

I love using my juicer as a supplement to better health, something I am very much interested in right now. I don't think I have what it takes (let alone much interest to be honest) to juice exclusively like they do in Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead (the documentary is available on Netflix as well as a plethora of other terrific food and health documentaries). I have a fascination with those who are unhealthy turning their lives around and creating the healthy, active existence that they need to lead a happy life. And hey, if you have no idea what to get next time you're at your local Farmer's Market then pick up some greens to juice!

Have you tried juicing? If so, have any good recipes to share?


  1. My mom bought a juicer once and made us a blend that had carrots and apples and I forget what else. I only remember those ingredients because I remember being grossed out that she had added carrots. I was pleasantly surprised though that it tasted amazingly delicious!!! I remember thinking it was the best juice I ever had. The consistency of some of the juice recipes does put me off a bit though.

    1. I think Katie and Ryan made one with carrots that they loved. Try the second recipe I put up, everyone really loves it and even though it has more fruit than veggie, it has a nice texture. I want to make my own V8 style juice next. :)

  2. I loved that juice you made us that one day! YUM