January 28, 2012

Juicing it

Last week I told you all about my new pressure cooker.  This week, I am excited to share another new kitchen appliance and one of the best holiday gifts I received this year.  A juicer.  

To be honest, I never thought I fit the juicer profile. You know the type... super healthy, makes their own yogurt, snacks on seaweed.  While I may be a dietitian, and homemade yogurt sounds delicious right now, I just hadn't considered going down that path.  Until last summer.  

Before I moved to Denver, I stayed with one of my best friends in the Bay Area.  She had just come back from a yoga retreat in Costa Rica and a week full of freshly made juice.
She was hooked.  She got me hooked.  

Thanks to my wonderful host, I awoke every morning to a glass of juice.  Apples, carrots, beets, lemons, oranges, celery, ginger. A farmer's market in every glass.  


Captain McBlack did a great job of remembering my oohs and ahhs about the juice and my claims about how great I felt after 2 weeks of a daily dose.  So, come the holidays, I found one wrapped with my name on it.  Let the juicing begin!

By reading the juicing book I received as a companion gift (and then perusing many juicing blogs), I learned a few tricks to enhance the flavor and nutrient content of the juice.  For example, adding beet greens (which are actually pink), is similar to adding the beet itself.  

Not only does it provide a wonderfully earthy, bold flavor but it also adds a beautiful magenta color.  

I like to drink my juice out of my happy glasses.  It makes me happy.

No two juices are ever quite the same, but so far every creation has been delicious.

I'm excited to see where this new addiction leads...


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  1. Well, juicy for you. Although some of the combinations sound a little strange, it seems that once you actually imbibe, the taste is credible - or so I've been told. Loved the "Happy Glasses".

  2. I love your blog btw...
    I just wanted to add something helpful!
    Breville Juicer is the best - I highly recommend it. I suggest getting it from Amazon as well, you will get for the best price http://amzn.to/vZGpa9

    This is my third juicing machine. My first was a Champion which served without problems for years. On the plus side it was powerful and durable. On the down side it was rather noisy, vibrated a lot and left a lot of juice in the pulp and was hard to clean. My second juicer was the omega screw machine which I still have. I bought it because it also did wheat grass. On the plus side it is quiet and juices anything, makes nut butter and extracts a lot of juice leaving very dry pulp. On the down side it is slow and worst of all the feed tube is really small. You have to do a lot of cutting to get things small enough to get into the feed tube. I pretty much only use it for wheatgrass now. The Breville is the best juicer I have had. It is an example of good product design in that it is simple, practical and attractive. It is powerful, has a feed tube large enough to take large whole carrots, beets and small apples. It is quiet, comes apart easy and cleans up quickly. The capture pitcher which nests into the machine has a nice cover so you can store the juice for later. If making juice is a hassle you're going to put off doing it. This juicer makes juicing easy and not a hassle.

  3. Loved the pictures.. very inviting, just as your post !