To Juice or Not to Juice

Juicing is so vogue right now. Celebrities, their trainers and everyone on Instagram is drinking for health and weight loss. I read labels on pressed juice every time I see it whole foods, Starbucks, and my local organic store but I usually pass. While they always looks and sound great I am often turned away by two things: the high sugar content and also the price. One Juice can contain more sugar than a snickers and cost more than your lunch out.

So yesterday I picked up some celery, cucumbers, green apples and carrots on top of my regular produce. I tried to chose low sugar produce to keep the calories low. I spent about 30-45 minutes between chopping, juicing, bottling and clean up to make three ball jars of juice. Since you have about a day to drink your juice before is goes bad, I figured I would have one the day I made the juice,one the following day and give the third juice away. I realize there is a learning curve, so hopefully in the future I will be a little speedier.

I made two juices, both with a carrot and green apple base.

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Juice #1

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Juice #2

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Juice #1:

1 green apple
5-10 baby carrots
3 stalks of celery
½ english cucumber
1 clementine

Juice #2:
1 green apple
5-10 baby carrots
2 stalks of celery
8 strawberries
1/2 Lemon

Juice number one was for me, juice number two was for my boyfriend. He hates cucumbers and needs a little extra sweetness so I added the strawberries. He had a long weekend so I thought a little extra vitamin C in the strawberries and clementine would do him some good. I chose to use green apples for sweetness in my juice to keep the sugar low. I only added the clementine last minute when I realized I had a few left over from the week before. I really like carrot as a base because it is hearty and thick and carrots have a sweetness to them. This juice definitely tastes similar to some evolution green juices I have tried in the past. I find it tasty and refreshing after a run or a time spent outside.

I am totally unsure how people are able to live off of juice. I guess I am much more active than your average person and probably require more calories than the majority of women, but in no way could juice serve as a meal to me. I find it to be a good way to sneak in some more nutrients, but I will not be abandoning my morning smoothies anytime soon. As I scraped the scrap pulp from the inside of the juicer after I was finished, I felt guilty throwing all that healthy fiber in the trash. I should add that I don’t have a good place to compost with my small yard and a raccoon problem.

I do think I will keep juicing. It is relaxing to create combinations and it’s a healthy final product. My next goal is to try and replace my dessert with a juice. Today I had my chocolate and half a juice after lunch. I plan on drinking the other half after my afternoon run. Baby steps.

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