Juicing!

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I disappeared for a wee bit and am slowly getting back into the blogging life I kind of once had. I left Florida and headed back north to my home state of Ohio with my fiance to start a new job and begin planning for our wedding next September. Since I’ve been back I’ve been on a huge juice kick partially for the reason that my dad bought a really nice juicer a few years ago and it still hadn’t been used. I figured it was time to put that baby into action.

I’ve always enjoyed fresh made juices but rarely get the chance to make them from home. I usually go to a local juice bar and purchase one a few days out of the week or make one first thing in the morning at work. Juicing can be expensive which is why many folks don’t get into the habit of doing it at home. When I was living in FL the farmers markets didn’t have the best produce (depending of the time of year) and purchasing bulk amounts of vegetables from Publix became too expensive causing me to not be able to juice regularly at home. Back in my home city of Cleveland, OH I live near a large market in downtown called the Westside Market. This market is filled with a ton of local meat, produce, pastry, and seafood purveyors that sell food for cheap. I go there to get all of my juicing materials for $20. That may seem like a lot of money to be spending on just fruit and vegetables alone, but that amount will last me about a week giving me up to 3 8 ounce glasses of juice a day…I’d say i’m getting pretty decent bang for my buck.

There’s a few reasons why I think you should juice:

1.) Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables.

2.) Juicing allows you to consume an optimal amount of vegetables in an efficient manner.

3.) You can add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet (vegetables you wouldn’t eat whole).

If you’re new to juicing, you can find a mid range priced juicer ($60) that will work well to start with. There’s a lot to read about juicing that I’m not going to explain here in this post, just know that when you juice, its recommended that you drink your juice right away and don’t save it due to the bacteria and e-coli you could contribute causing food poisoning. It’s important to thoroughly wash your vegetables or fruit well with water and even give them a quick scrub to remove any possible pesticides or dirt (unless your juicing with organic vegetables then just rinse them). Its not necessary to peel the vegetables but I have seen people do it, I guess it’s just a preference?  I recommend you do some reading or research on juicing if you haven’t done it before to know more about health benefits and nutrition if you are concerned. There is a multitude of benefits and many people have their reasons on why they choose to juice or not (cost of juicing, fiber removal from the vegetables, etc) I personally love to juice because I can choose to put whatever I want in my juice to make it taste good, I get a good yield out of the juice I do make and to me it’s cheaper to spend $20 on fresh produce than go somewhere 7 days a week and spend $6 on one 16 ounce juice.

If you enjoy fresh squeezed juice here a few delicious recipes I came up with over the last few weeks that are good to start with if you are new. If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a high speed blender such as a vita mix. Just be sure to strain your juice through a fine mesh strainer, unless you enjoy pulp then enjoy as is!

 

Juicing is Gluten free/Vegan/Refined Sugar free/Dairy Free!!

 

Sweet Green:

Mise en Place:

-1 Small bunch Kale, washed

-1/2 Cucumber

-1 Each Apple, cored

-2 Stalks Celery, washed

 

Method of Prep: See below

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Feel the Beet:

Mise en Place:

-3 Each Beets, trimmed, scrubbed and washed

-1 Large Carrot, scrubbed and washed

-2 Handfuls Spinach, rinsed

-1/2 Lemon

-1/2 Cucumber

 

Method of Prep: See Below

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The West side:

Mise en Place:

-1 Carrot, scrubbed and washed

-1/2 Cucumber

-1 small chunk Ginger, peeled

-1 Apple, cored and scrubbed

-1/2 Lemon

-1 Small bunch Kale

 

Method of Prep: See Below

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Westlake Demon:

Mise en Place:

-1 Stick Celery, washed

-1/2 Carrot, scrubbed and washed

-Small bunch Kale, rinsed

-1/2 Cucumber

-Small bunch Spinach, rinsed

-1 Apple, cored

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Method of Prep (All juices):

-Using a juicer, turn on and slowly add in whole vegetables one at a time. Push down using the stick attachment if needed.

-Once all the vegetables are turned into juice, pour juice over ice and shake up or stir, whichever is easier for you.

-Pour juice into desired drinking glass and serve immediately.

Enjoy!

 

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Driven2Eat

Food & Wine connoisseur, I love to make beautiful things even if nobody cares. Nikon D3100 photo journalist and writer. I've started this blog to share my enthusiasm of the culinary world among other personal interests with folks who maintain involvement in the food world and to enliven others who want to develop a love for cooking, crafting and wellness. Be active, be healthy, be happy. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers :)

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