In the last several months, I’ve been working on getting healthier. I know that I’ve alluded to this great big fancy illness that I suffered (I knew I’d get a disease sooner or later, albeit a not-serious one) in some of my recipes, but haven’t yet shared the whole Boring story (with a capital B). I have become much more mindful of what I’m eating, and have drastically changed much of my diet. (sadly, Doritos, potato chips, french fries et al. did not make the cut. Movie popcorn, however, did pass muster. It’s fibre, y’all.) I’m no crazy person (well, not about food), but I am working towards being one.
Part of this endeavour was to try juicing. I have read that green juice and other colours of juice are very healthy for you. I don’t usually drink juice, as I restrict my caloric drinks to liquor. However, I bought the Beauty Detox Diet last year, and while much of the recommendations in the book are not practical for me (Seriously, I’m not going to remember to take supplements four times a day), her Green Goddess juice did seem somewhat appealing.
Since I did not have a juicer, (and what I really wanted was this which I wasn’t getting because it’s $700 and you can go on a beach vacation for that), and since my husband said I could not have a juicer because this is still in the box in the basement due to the fact that I can’t figure out how to use it (of course I bought it off The Shopping Channel.) Ok so since I didn’t have a juicer and I wanted to juice, I went on Twitter and Facebook and started complaining that I didn’t have one. Vociferously. All the time. Except around Mothers Day, when I made it clear that a juicer did NOT make a good Mothers Day / Anniversary / Birthday gift.
Hamilton Beach Canada heard my cry and this pretty machine, aptly named The Big Mouth, showed up at my door. I was really happy, and felt validated that my whining, cajoling and begging resulted in more than disappointment.
It’s so easy to use. My 13-year old only had to show me three times how to put it together. Nothing, apparently, is like riding a bicycle for me (which I can’t do, actually. Like changing gears and moving is a big challenge .)
First, we made orange juice from huge navel oranges. I had a juicer when I first got married, and it took 92 oranges to get one cup of juice. The Big Mouth took 3.
First bonus point.
Then, we made apple juice. The kids were confused about how and why the liquid was separating in the cup (clear liquid on the bottom, solids above) ,until I explained to them that it was real food, and that’s why it was behaving thus. They drank it. And liked it.
Second bonus point.
It took me less than three minutes to wash the whole thing with no weird bits sticking to anything anywhere. My kids don’t like weird dried bits anywhere. Also, I don’t clean, so easy clean up?
Third bonus point.
Then, I decided to try making green juice. I had a few false starts like when I forgot to put the cup where the juice comes out. But, you know, that could happen to anyone. I also didn’t realize how well the Big Mouth (I love saying that since, well..I AM a Big Mouth) extracts juice with it’s centrifugal force and I umm..made a lot.
And it tasted like vomit. I literally almost vomited when I drank my kale-lettuce-spinach-cucumber-celery-strawberry-carrot-apple juice. I forgot I don’t like the taste of cucumber water, and put a WHOLE english cuke in my juice.
I didn’t drink it. I wasted about $30 in groceries, but, I’m the Mom, and nobody can make me drink/eat/do something I don’t want to do.
The next time, it was better. I left off the cucumber & lettuce, and added a beet. It tasted ok. Although, the next day I thought I had colon cancer until I remembered I ate a whole beet.
Still, I persisted. I kept trying and trying and trying. Because, I really wanted to juice with my awesome juicer that makes a lot of juice and is really easy to clean up.
Today I triumphed. Today, I made juice that didn’t taste like vomit. I didn’t have to plug my nose to drink it, and I could chug it slowly without crying.
Two giant handfuls of baby kale & spinach
1/2 a granny smith apple
1 large carrot
1/2 scoop of wheatgrass powder
My son says I like to be ironic because I drink my juiced juices out of a Guinness glass. I guess I am. I also drink my VegaOne shakes out of a Molson beer stein. You only live once. May as well pretend your green juice & protein shakes are beer.
Mmm…..Starting simple seems to be the way to go. Maybe tomorrow I’ll add ginger. I hear that’s good. Or, I could always put in a beet, and then feed it to my husband. That would be good for a laugh the next day.
Any suggestions for other goodies to add to my juice?