Alright, folks. As with most things in life, this one didn’t go quite as I planned. Did I consume lots of fresh juice? Yup. Did I discover what juice combos that I liked and feel more energetic after drinking them? Sure did! Did I perfect juicing on my own? No way, dude. So, here is how it all went down.
I bought juices from my local Whole Foods and tested out all the flavors they had. I took my husband along for the ride and we sampled them one by one. One of them we dubbed “Dumpster Juice” because it was that bad – cabbage is to blame for that one if you’re wondering. Others were just ok and our favorite was Greens with Envy – a combo of pear, kale, cucumber, pineapple, spinach, broccoli, parsley, and lemon. I felt virtuous drinking my green juice in the afternoon and actually felt energetic afterwards.
I also had some shipped from Pressed Juicery. They are based in California and have beautiful packaging. I have to be honest though. I only liked one of the combos out of the 6 juices I picked – Greens 5 which is a combo of spinach, romaine, fennel, orange, pineapple, and cilantro. I did, however, love their fresh almond milk. If I had a location near me, I would definitely visit to buy some, but the math doesn’t work out with shipping and the need to consume the juices within 3 days.
So, on to the part where I juiced on my own. I’m embarrassed to admit that this happened exactly once. With all the craziness of life with work and two little ones at home and all that entails (excuses, excuses!), I couldn’t prioritize figuring out what fruits and veggies I needed, prepping them, juicing them, and then cleaning up.
I also bailed on the recipes I thought I would follow when I started this journey. We juiced a ton of different fruits and veggies and just mixed them until we liked how they tasted. The only link I loosely followed was Joy the Baker’s post on juicing . She gave some general thoughts on types of juices vs. specific recipes which was really helpful.
That said, I did learn a few things.
– Freshly juiced orange juice is good…but I hate the work of peeling so many oranges to make it.
– Broccoli may have been in my favorite store-bought juice, but it stunk up my kitchen when I juiced it. Like, for a couple hours. I would rather eat this than juice it.
– A giant container of spinach makes a tiny amount of juice (may depend on your juicer – I have this one.
– It takes a TON of produce to equal one juice. And it isn’t reasonable to juice as many things as were in the store-bought combos. That is why $7 per bottle from the store does not seem so crazy anymore.
Bottom line: I liked having juice as an option to get a little more green in my diet and give me some energy in the afternoon lull. However, I will be buying my juice to incorporate this. Ain’t nobody got time for that!