TYT #6: My 1st juicing experience

Happy Tuesday!! I am excited to be linking up with Becky for a treat yourself Tuesday post. I treated myself this weekend with my first juicing experience!

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So, remember how I watched that movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead? And how it encouraged me to check out juicing? Thankfully, I have a super awesome friend, Sue, who let me have one of her extra juicers (for a trade!).

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And this weekend I finally got to check it out!

First, I was treated to a trip to the grocery store and Sam’s Club all by myself.
Thank you Way for watching Luke!

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I stocked up on fruits and veggies – our fridge is FULL. I basically bought things that I know I like already, that I think would make good juice. I got:

Apples (pink lady)
Oranges
Spinach
Celery (even though Becky warned me that celery is the worst!)
Broccoli
Lemons
Limes
Carrots
Kiwi

On Sunday morning, I got the juicer ready. Thankfully, I had a tutorial from Sue before I took it home, otherwise I would have been totally lost.

I juiced up:

3 carrots
2 apples
Large handful of spinach
½ lemon

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OMG delicious.

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The only bad thing – I had to share with both Scott and Luke. Luke kept asking “more juice Mama.” I think I have created a monster. Winking smile First smoothies, now juice.

The lemon really made it refreshing.

A few things from my first juicing experience:

1. The carrots and apple gave me more juice than I was expecting.

2. The spinach gave me less juice. . . I probably should have added 4x the amount that I did.

3. Putting a bag over the waste container was the best tip ever. Super easy cleanup.

4. ½ lemon = awesome. (great tip Sue!)

5. While you can put your juicer in the dishwasher, I just washed it by hand and it took about 3 minutes.

6. The juicer is large and bulky. If I start juicing regularly, I have no idea where I am going to keep it.

7. I am excited to see how many juices I can make with the amount of produce and fruit I bought.

8. I am also excited to start putting other concoctions together. And maybe try some ginger too.  Chris has given me a few recipes to try too.

9. I don’t know if I would ever do a juice fast. . . but I think that juicing could become a regular part of my diet.

10. I am excited that my sister borrowed a juicer too and has been checking it out. We have been texting each other with our juicing combinations and giving ratings out of 5. My orange/apple/spinach/lemon = 4.6/5.

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Do you juice? Any recipes to share?

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17 Responses to TYT #6: My 1st juicing experience

  1. I could REALLY go for that juice this morning. It sounds like a great combo. What a healthy little monster you’ve created!
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    • KT

      We actually had tears on the way to daycare this morning that I wouldn’t let him drink all of my juice!! LOL.

  2. Becky @ Olives n Wine

    Now you have me wanting a juicer! Lemon juice is such a great idea, especially for an AM juice :)

    • KT

      Sorry!! I was actually really suprised that I liked the addition of lemon – but it adds a nice twist to it.

  3. Jackie

    I’ve never juiced but I’d love to try!

  4. Chris Schull

    I juice on a regular basis and very heavy in the summer when the produce is at the farmers market! One tip that I do that saves me is I juice three or four batches at one time. Put in air tight glass jars in the frig and it keeps for two to three days. This saves of time to juice, prep work and clean up!
    Ginger goes with anything really and helps with inflammation, which is great AFTER you workout or run hard! I promise a quest post soon!
    Happy Juicing – Your skin – your nails – your body will love you for it!

    • KT

      I HAVE to start making a bunch of juices at once. .. I just don’t have the time before work to make one every day! Thanks for the ginger tip – I am going to have to check it out! I made your carrot/orange juice this morning – delicious! Drinking it for part of my lunch right now.

  5. Nice work! I don’t have a juicer, but maybe someday I’ll make the splurge or find a friend!
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  6. So jealous you have a juicer! I’m really wishing I had one these days. Your first combo sounds pretty darn tasty!
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  7. Yay for juicing! That’s awesome, thanks for the tips too. I don’t have my own juicer cause I know how much work it can be and the clean up I hear is a drag.. but maybe I’ll get one eventually. Def beats paying for a 3 day cleanse that costs a ton of money.
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  8. What a great example you are to little Luke!! Juice & smoothies. Way to go mama ;)

    I don’t juice, mostly because I am lazy, and my blender can practically do it all-so I just stick with smoothies. But I’ve tried some good ones–lemon & ginger is always a good combo!

    • KT

      I totally agree that the reason I will stop making juice is that it is too much work!! Prepping the veggies and clean up takes time. .. Smoothies are way easier. :)

  9. After you juice for awhile, I’d love to hear what you think about juicing versus smoothies…
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  10. Juicing is great! A couple of things I tell people – watch out for the sweet fruits and veg as they add a lot of sugar. Make sure to use organic fruits/veggies since you’re literally juicing the entire thing. Smoothies have the fiber intact and juices don’t so it’s good to have both. Enjoy!

    • KT

      YES!! Thanks for the reminder. Fruits can have a lot of sugar and calories, so you think you are being healthy, but not so much!