I’ve entered the world of juicing!

juice2Juicing has always fascinated me and I have been dying to get my hands on one.  When I got a Vitamix earlier this year I really didn’t feel the need to also have a juicer. I thought why would I need that when my Vitamix can whizz up apples with the core and all, celery and other fibrous veggies into liquid gold!? Plus you retain all the fabulous nutrients in the pulp and fibre.  While this is all fine and dandy, with juicing, your digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard.  It is like a shot of nutrients straight to your bloodstream; therefore, you quickly absorb all the glorious nutrients! Both smoothies and juices are great for you.  Smoothies tend to be more filling, are better as a meal replacement and help with elimination, while juices are great for cleansing and you get more bang for your buck in the nutrient department as you need to juice more veggies/fruit than if you were to simply blend them.

If you’re thinking about getting a juicer, spend some time to do a little research.  Start by watching a phenomenal documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.  You will literally want to run out and buy a juicer that day!  You’ll also want to look into what type of juicer is right for you. There are MANY brands out there and all have different price points; you should plan to spend around $200-300 for a high quality juicer.  Spend the extra money now and you’ll have a machine that will last a lot longer!

Now that's a sexy juicer!

Now that’s a sexy juicer!

I decided to get a Breville Juice Fountain (Amazon has some great deals right now!), some other great brands are Omega, Samson and Green Star, just to name a few.

There are generally three types of juicers, Centrifugal (most common), Masticating Single Gear (for high quality juices) and Masticating Twin Gear (for juice professionals!) Check out this guide to find the right juicer for you, Juice Master Guide.

Now, what is the first thing I’m going to juice with this bad boy?!  Alas, here is my first juice recipe for you guys…juice1

Here are a couple more delicious ones to try:

Breakfast Boost

3 large carrots
2 apples
2 celery stalks
1 inch piece of ginger

Veggie Supreme

3 large carrots
1 beet
1 apple
4 celery stalks
1-2 handfuls of spinach
1 small cucumber
1 inch piece of ginger

*remember to try to buy organic when you are juicing!

I also want to let you know that I will be doing Joe Cross’ 3 Day Weekend Juice Cleanse starting January 11-13, so grab your juicer and join me! You can find out all the details here.  I’ll also be using some Isagenix products as well, Cleanse for Life and the Natural Accelerator.  If you’re interested in buying these products please check out my site here.  I will be doing a blog post about this next week with more details, so stay tuned for that!

Happy juicing 🙂

14 Comments

  • feather and stones January 5, 2014 at 9:03 am

    this is great. i love juicing but really need to invest in a good quality juicer. although i find it kinda teadious juicing. gotta get all the veggies and fruits peel and wash them etc. i wish i knew of an easier and less time consuming way. i guess maybe im just lazy lol.

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    • thehappyhealthfreak January 5, 2014 at 9:33 am

      It is time consuming, no way around that except to plan ahead! It’s definitely worth the money if you’re going to stick with it. I think for me, the benefits make it all worth it in the end 😉 I hope you try it out!

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  • Marie January 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I just bought one too. Arrives on Jan 8th. Omega 8006. So excited about it. I too am going to do the Joe Cross 3 Day Cleanse! Gina sent it to me.

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  • Rose January 5, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Fantastic! I watched that documentary before Christmas and thought it was brilliant. Look forward to hearing how the 3 day cleanse goes!

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  • celysestroh January 5, 2014 at 10:25 am

    I LOVE juicing! It’s so yummy and so great for your gut!

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  • kjiswinningatlife January 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Yay! You will have so much fun! I have the juicer pictured and it has held up nicely so far (have had it for 3 years) with multiple uses per day. Once you get a routine down it will go way faster and won’t take much time at all. And sure you have to wash the fruits and veggies (which takes…a couple minutes at most?), maybe cut them up of they’re gigantic…but you don’t have to cook it so that saves a step right there! The benefits are definitely worth the time; have fun!

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    • thehappyhealthfreak January 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much! So far I’m loving it. Prep is the key to success! And although the parts are large, it is incredibly easy to clean. I’m happy to hear the juicer holds up well 😉

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  • Anonymous January 6, 2014 at 5:08 am

    You inspired me… I do juice from time to time, but my juicer was not high quality and wasted a lot of the fruit and veggie juice. So I was very happy to see that the Breville Juicer you linked to is on sale now. Consider it early morning impulse purchased 🙂

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    • thehappyhealthfreak January 6, 2014 at 7:43 am

      That’s so great to hear!! I know you won’t regret it. I hope you do the cleanse with me this weekend 🙂 Happy juicing!

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