Regular reader and commenter Bobi asked last week how the juicing was coming since J and I dropped $285 on a ridiculously expensive juicer after watching the film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
We were pretty darn gung ho about the whole juicing thing for the first six weeks or so. I experimented with strange combinations of veggies and fruits--sometimes to the detriment of my taste buds. We discovered that freshly juiced orange/carrot juice is one of life's joys. We weren't so keen on the carrot/celery/apple combination that others highly recommended.
Then, life got overwhelming and hectic for a few months, and the juicer started collecting dust.
It might have been yet another one of those enthusiasms that we spent money on and moved past if it weren't for two things:
1. I got really good at making fried potatoes, meaning we were eating more than our share of homemade vitamin G(rease) with breakfast and dinner.
2. I saw a quick video with Joe Cross (of Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead fame) explaining how to make a mean green juice.
So, licking the ketchup off my lips, I decided to try it.
J and I both liked the juice so much that we have it for breakfast at least three times a week. Even LO likes the green juice.
It's a fairly simple (and not super expensive) recipe:
1. Gather together your ingredients: one cucumber, four celery hearts/stalks, four kale leaves, half a lemon, a 1.5 inch piece of fresh ginger, and two to four apples.
2. Run them through the juicer.
As I figure it, this is a relatively inexpensive high-end juice per serving. In order to get a full pitcher, it costs just about $5. ($0.79 for the cucumber, $0.75 for four celery hearts [from a $2.99 package], $0.25 for half a lemon, $0.25 for four kale leaves [out of a $1 bunch], $1.89 for three apples, and about $0.80 for the piece of ginger).
We get two and half servings from each pitcher, meaning we spend about $2 per serving of juice. While that's certainly not the cheapest breakfast we could be eating, it is a heck of a lot less expensive than buying pre-made super juices. (I also could easily reduce the cost by buying celery stalks instead of hearts and by buying cheaper apples than the Fuji and Gala types that are my favorite.)
Granted, we do need to keep the cost of the juicer itself in mind. But I'm thinking once we've made juice 100 times, we'll have brought the price per glass down far enough to make it not worth worrying about. We're getting there.
So, Bobi, I hope this helps you make your juicing decision. I will tell you that not only is our green juice delicious (as is our other go-to favorite, orange-carrot juice), but I find I feel a lot better on days that I drink it. It was definitely a purchase I feel good about having made.
Does anyone have any juicing recipes that they highly recommend?