It's official. I've become one of those people that juice. I blame all the blog posts I read in early January as everyone jumped onto the healthy New Year resolutions bandwagon. I admit I was swayed by all the bright green juices and endless options that come with juicing a bounty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
I tried to get D to jump on the bandwagon with me, but he decried our lack of kitchen storage space. Then we watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, a documentary about an Australian named Joe Cross who (spoiler alert!) turned around his health with a (medically-supervised) 60-day juice diet. Though Joe's story was interesting, the truly inspiring story was that of Phil Staples, an overweight truck driver who ("coincidentally") shared the same immune system disorder that Joe had. Long story short, Phil decides to give juicing a try, and over the course of 60 days, he loses a significant amount of weight, and more importantly, is able to become more active and achieve a positive outlook on life. In the end, Phil gives up his sedentary truck driver job for a position at the local Y and teaches community classes about the benefits of juicing.
The documentary totally sucked us into the world of juicing. About five seconds after it was over, we were on Amazon checking out our juicer options. In the end, we decided to pool together some gift cards from Crate & Barrel (thanks, Chrashley!) and go for the Breville Compact Juice Extractor (which is the highest-rated juicer on Amazon). Thanks to super-fast shipping from Chicago, our new juicer arrived on our doorstep just two days later. (Hooray!) That afternoon I headed to Golden Harvest to pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables to juice, and we were off.
While neither D nor I have significant amounts of weight to lose, we are always looking for more ways to introduce nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables into our diet. And, with my New Year resolution to find ways to waste less food, I figured juicing might be a good answer to that problem, as instead of letting those leaves of kale wilt in the refrigerator, I could instead use them to make a healthy juice.
I have to admit though, I am kind of intrigued by Joe's idea of "rebooting." I think it would be interesting -- if not challenging -- to give a short-term all-juice diet a whirl. (We're talking three days, nothing crazy.) Thus far D and I have just been replacing a meal with a juice or supplementing our daily meals with a juice. And I have to say, of all the juices we've experimented with thus far, none have been bad. I like that there is an endless variety in juicing -- there's no reason to drink the same juice twice, unless you really want to.
makes about 1 1/2 servings
large handful of spinach leaves
half large cucumber (or 1 small cucumber)
1/2 lemon (with peel on)
Juice the spinach, carrots, cucumber, lemon, beet, apple, and ginger. Serve in large glass (over ice, if you prefer).