Operation Skinny Jeans: Juicing

Wednesday, September 11, 2013


I want to start juicing. Not like using steroids, but drinking fruit and veggie juice. Here's a fun fact about me. I have a hard time eating all the fruits and veggies I know I should. I don't know why, because I love fruits and veggies, I just can not for the life of me figure out how to fit it into my life.
 I have been taking salads to work for lunch (because I don't have access to a microwave or toaster or anything that heats up food...) and that is definitely helping, but between that and dinner, I maybe get 2-3 a day, not the 6-10 total I should be getting. SO, juice.

A con I guess would be having to buy a juicer. I am casually looking on craigslist for one, but I think the real thing holding me back is convincing myself that I can add JUICING into my daily routine.

Long story short, I am about as knowledgeable about juicing as Jon Snow (ie: I know nothing). SO juicers- why? Do you love it? Is it hard? Am I a freak for overthinking this?

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  1. I love it! I did an entire series on juicing on my blog if you want to see what we do at our house. It can be a little overwhelming if you have never done it before but it is so worth the investment.

  2. I loooooove juicing! I started off just looking recipes up on Pinterest and going from there. Some sound crazy to me, but others are doable. And there's so many different combinations you can come up with! Definitely give it a shot. Your energy levels will sooooooar!

  3. JCP had one on super sale last week--over $40 off! Idk if they still do, but it's worth a look... and Kohl's has a big sale going on now. I have a friend who lost 75 pounds in the past 5 months by juicing and she has a 3yo, so I'm sure there are ways to fit it in a crazy lifestyle. I'm sure it's a time and $$$ commitment, but I'm sure it would pay off. I have just been doing protein shakes (with reg vanilla and choc protein powder from Walmart) for breakfast or lunch and blending them in my food processor--every fruit one I make gets at least one giant handful of spinach... there are also good veggie recipes. They're easy and don't take a juicer!

  4. I was seriously considering becoming a juice head after I watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead," but then I kept reading that it removes all the fiber of the fruit/veggie skin and "meat". So I became a huge fan of smoothies!

  5. I bought a juicer this summer for the very same reasons you listed above - I have used it once or twice but the clean up is horrible and juice really doesn't fill you up! It's great for some people but it didn't do much for me! Try green monster smoothies (again, clean up sucks). Now I try to snack on carrots, peppers, tomatoes, etc. while I study or add lots of onion, peppers, spinach, etc. to my omeletes and pasta. Just try "hiding" veggies in foods - it'll fill you up and you'll start to love it (coming from a very picky veggie eater).

  6. My fiance and I got into juicing after watching 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead' and because like you, I can't eat all those servings of fruits and veggies in one day! I love food and variety so salad doesn't cut it for me everyday for lunch. We bought the Hamilton Beach big mouth juicer off amazon for $70 and love it. We have a deal, I make the juice in the morning while Greg is still asleep, and I disassemble into the sink, then when he wakes up he cleans the strainer part. If you do end up getting one, save produce bags to put in the pulp container for easy clean up/trash.
    Every ,morning I juice the following; three big handfuls of spinach, 4 carrots, 4 stems of kale, an apple, a pear and a cucumber. If I have any fruit or veggies about to go bad, I'll add those so we don't waste them.

    You can also save the pulp and make things such as muffins with it.

    If you have Sprout's farmers market, we find they are the cheapest for produce.

  7. You could also try fruit smoothies for breakfast. Those are my fav!


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