Hello Fancy Lacy Community,
It’s official: winter is on its way. It’s getting colder and darker, and, as much as I like to, I can no longer live off fresh salads. I crave something warm, preferably to eat with a spoon, and having fridge-cold spinach and cucumbers just won’t do it for me in subzero temperatures. So, with my intake of fresh vegetables in steady decline, I needed to come up with an alternative route to enjoying all the benefits that vegetables have to offer. It didn’t take me long to think of one: the arrival of winter provided me with a plausible excuse to treat our family to a much longed-for kitchen gadget – a juicer.
A few years ago I happened to watch a movie called Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It was so very inspiring that I awaited the release of the sequel with great anticipation. For those of you who haven’t already seen these movies, here is a trailer as well as a plot summary.
After his 60-day juice fast, Joe was 82lbs lighter and healed from an autoimmune disease that he believed was incurable. What’s the moral of the story? That fruits and veggies are as good for us as our parents have always claimed. I’m not intending to advocate juice fasting or drinking juice as a meal replacement. Yet I believe that all of us could benefit from incorporating juicing into our diet as an extra boost. Read more about the benefits of juicing for our health, here, here, and here.
Meanwhile, I will discuss six things I’ve learned from juicing so far:
- You can drink more fruits and vegetables than you can eat.
The recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables is between 7 and 10 servings, depending on your age group and gender. Spread out this many servings on the table and you would be wondering how you are supposed to consume this much within a day, in addition to carbs, grains and protein. I very well doubt that an average person fulfills this dietary requirement. However, if you were to remove the fiber by juicing the very same fruits and vegetables, you would get a big jug of delicious and thirst-quenching juice that you could easily drink during the day (and probably ask for more).
- You will never want to drink store-bought juice again.
Getting to know what fresh homemade juice tastes like will make you question the contents of Tropicana and Minute Maid cartons. “Fruit-flavored sugar water” is how my husband now refers to it and keeps asking himself how he could ever think that stuff was healthy. From now on, we are not going to spend a dime on anything labeled “juice”; instead, we’ll be saving the money to buy fresh produce.
- The color of your juice will always put a smile on your face.
Honestly, I have never had such colorful drinks before we started juicing. The orange, purple, and green screamed “clean” and “healthy”, and I couldn’t help feeling that we must be doing something right because something that looks so authentic can’t be wrong.
- Your shopping cart has never looked so bright and healthy.
Last time we went grocery shopping, we picked up carrots, beets, spinach, kale, lettuce, apples, oranges, grapes, and pomegranate. We basically brought a rainbow to the checkout. I most certainly had a proud look on my face when the lady was scanning our groceries. It was an absolute guilt-free shopping experience, and I enjoyed every moment of it.
- Your shopping cart has never been so full for so little money.
Six bucks for a huge bag of apples? A fiver for a bag of carrots? Yes, please. I was astonished how little we had to pay for how much we bought. Of course, you have to experiment a little to see how much juice you’re getting from different fruits and vegetables, and then decide which are a better investment.
- Choosing the juices to try and creating your own combinations is fun in itself.
My husband and I bought a copy of the Juicing Bible along with our juicer. We have bookmarked the juices that we would like to try, and now we either choose the juice of the day or, if we are feeling particularly adventurous, we experiment with creating our own combinations based on the fruits and vegetables we like most. It’s lots of fun!
We are very pleased with our juicer, which is a refurbished Breville Juice Fountain Elite. With the first snow on the ground, I may be eating fewer salads, but generous helpings of fruits and vegetables have become even easier to consume and enjoy.
Thanks for reading,