I bought a juicer

I avoided the juicing trend for as long as I could.

At first, I was totally dis-interested because of the clean up I’d heard was involved. Then, I became intrigued because I realized I could get a boatload of fresh fruit and vegetables in without having to eat them all. And finally, today, I caved and bought a juicer.

jack lalanne power juicer express

I chose the Jack La Lanne Power Juicer Express. It wasn’t my first choice, but Meijer was out of the cheaper one, so I went with this model after looking at the reviews (they were good). I also bought some Ball canning jars because I knew I wanted to pre-make my juices for the week and needed a way to store them that was air-tight.

juicing fruit and veggies

Being as it was my first time juicing, I bought a ton of fresh fruit and vegetables because I wasn’t sure how much juice they would make. I bought too much, though. Now I know.

For my first-ever fresh juice, I created a medley of carrots, apples, lemon, blueberries, grapes, spinach, and oranges.

fresh juice 1fresh juice 2

The verdict?

maria drinks juice

Amazing! Beyond the sheer health benefits of juicing—and there are many—it just tastes so damn good!

The clean up on this particular juicer wasn’t bad at all. I rinsed all the parts immediately after juicing and barely had to scrub anything. Much easier than I had been expecting.

juice for the week

I’ve went ahead and pre-made 6 juices for the week. That will get me through until next Sunday, when I plan to do it all over again. I put 2 in the fridge and 4 in the freezer. I’ll put one in the fridge the night before to thaw out for the next day. I’m sure “juicing purists” would frown on this idea of pre-making juices and freezing them, but you have to do what is realistic for your life—juicing every single day is not realistic for me.

I’m going to replace my mid-morning snack with a fresh juice and see how my body responds. I haven’t been getting nearly enough vegetables lately (ick. not a huge fan of most of them) but I know that great nutrition is important for me.

Juicing, for me, is NOT related to weight loss at all. In fact, I am actively trying to maintain my weight and not lose anymore. I really just want an easy way to get in the nutrients I need in my busy life. Hopefully juicing and I will have a nice long relationship.

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