Juicing up the juicer

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My health-conscious vegetarian friend has long espoused the benefits of juicing.

She makes a blend of apples, carrots, kale and ginger. Or beets and cucumbers. Or the stems of broccoli. Really, most fruits and veggies — especially the ones you don’t actually like — can be juiced.

Since I’m not the biggest fan of hearty greens, I decided I’d try this route. I mean, isn’t it easier to drink a head of Swiss chard than actually eat it?

Depends.

I started with a lot of kale and a bit of an apple. But it tasted like drinking blended grass from the backyard. So I added some carrots and a spritz of lemon. Still, barely drinkable.

After a couple of tries, I figured out I like a lot of apples — they overwhelm the taste — and the end result needs to be strained. Otherwise, you’ll eat the foam that’s produced from the juicer. Not appetizing at all.

I wonder how beneficial this is, especially compared to just eating these veggies. You definitely don’t get the fiber — that’s left in the juicer’s reservoir — and the taste can’t be masked by sauces and herbs.

But if you hate veggies, this is a quick way to get those all-important nutrients.

My advice? Just chug it.

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6 Responses to “Juicing up the juicer”

  1. EdW March 25, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    “I coulda had a V8″

  2. Pam March 25, 2012 at 3:16 pm #

    I would rather eat my veggies…so much easier.

  3. Dave March 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Only recently I tried apple with ginger & wouldn’t go back to just plain ol’apple. I must try to experiment proper with juice recipes. So far I’ve really only stuck to my comfort zone of oranges & apples (with ginger). I got a recipe book with my juicer that has 100 recipes but still have to try them out.

  4. David Jackson March 26, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    Some stuff just tastes like &*^&. Some stuff tastes good. Eat stuff that tastes good is a good thing.

  5. Annoddah Dave March 26, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    CAT: The down side of juicing is you lose a lot of the natural fiber unless you eat the stuff. Seems like a waste.

  6. Marvo March 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Whenever I find myself at Nijiya Market, I pick up a bottle of Ito-En Veggie Shot. I think it has 20 different fruits and vegetables in it.

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