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Juice

on February 23, 2013

As most of you know, Jene and I have been trying to eat low carb for the last couple of years. One of the ideas behind low carb is to eat lots of vitamin rich dark leafy greens. One of the problems we have is getting enough of those. It’s easy to cook protein but eventually I run out of ideas for the veggies or just don’t take the time to cook them. After watching a couple of documentaries on Netflix (Hungry for Change and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead) we decided to give juicing a try.

Now, this idea has been around for ages. There has been all kinds of hype and paid infomercials touting the benefits of juicing. I tend to be pretty cynical about this type of thing. However, after watching some documentaries that chronicle the lives of people who have done this, Jene and I thought it was worth giving it a try.

juicingsetupThis post shows our juicer and most of what Jene put in his juice this morning. There’s chard, red kale, parsley, carrots, a habanero pepper, orange, celery, cucumber and lemon. He might have snuck a few more things in there but that’s most of it.

My breakfast was orange, carrot, blueberry, parsley, kale and chard. I tend to go heavier on the fruits in the morning and increase the greens later in the day.

We’ve also tried avocado, mango, grapefruit, lime, grapes, cilantro, dill, spinach, beets, and broccolini. It’s not pretty but it tastes really good.

breakfastjuice

It acquires this kind of icky looking greenish brown color but for all that, it’s worth drinking. In one large cup of juice I’ve managed to get in a whole days worth of fruits and veggies (especially the veggies) and I’ll probably have another cup later in the day. Jene and I usually have from 2-3 cups of this juice a day and I have to say, I think it’s good for us.

Now, there are a couple of side effects… when you first start drinking this kind of juice it WILL clean your insides out. But a bit of a colon cleanse never hurt anyone lol. Secondly, if you add beet juice, expect to SEE beet juice when you go potty. Jene says his pee was bright red after having some beet in his morning juice. I cracked up laughing 😉  I figure I’ll try some golden beets next time.

We didn’t buy one of those super expensive juicers either. The ones they run infomercials on… They probably ARE better but it’s no good spending $300+ on a juicer unless you know you’re actually going to use it. If we’re still juicing in a year, maybe. Instead we got a Hamilton Beach Big Mouth juicer from Amazon for about $60. It does a good enough job for us a this point.

Anyway, that’s one of the reasons I haven’t been posting about food. I haven’t been cooking, just drinking juice lol. But don’t worry, I’ll be posting my low carb pork chili later today or tomorrow 😀

 

 

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