My New Breville Juice Fountain
I’m very excited, I got my juicer today! I knew it was coming today so I got fresh ingredients this morning so I could open it and play with it right away
I tried out the “Mean Green” juice recipe first…
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serving Size: 16oz. (500 mls)
4 celery stalks
6-8 leaves kale (Australian tuscan cabbage)
1 tbsp ginger
Wash all produce well
Peel the lemon, optional
Pour over ice
Of course, being me, I juiced the recipe from memory…after I looked it up I discovered I used more celery and too much lemon juice (since I didn’t have a lemon to juice) and more ginger than I should have…that and chopped kale versus kale leaves…chopped kale makes a mess and bits fly back up the chute.
I think that I’ve only really had ginger in anything a handful of times…it is spicy! It makes more of a sipping juice than a drinking or gulping juice and ice is a must!
Day 2 Modified Juice Fast
My ten year old got a kick out of the juicer…especially when I didn’t quite have the lid all the way on and it shot apple bits at him!
I made my second batch of mean green juice after lunch. I used a lot less lemon this time, added a handful of baby carrots for sweetness and used 1 green and 1 red apple instead of 2 greens…the result was sort of like a sweet green V8, but no tomatoes…I don’t know, overall it tastes better since it isn’t so sour-spicy as yesterday! I also soaked the kale since I bought chopped (next time I’ll get leaves) and it seemed to help.
I had three juice and two regular meals yesterday and a ton of energy. Today, I had one for breakfast right before swimming…the first 36 went fine, then I felt tired and struggled through the next 18 and finished strong…it might not have been the juice though…I swam super late last night and finished at 9pm and then again at 10am this morning, so I only had half the recovery time I’m used to…
Meanwhile, I was sharing the lap lane (swimming) with an older man who swam 108 laps (1.5 miles) in the time it took me to do about .75 and he never stopped and never used the board. He did say he built up to that though.
Day 3 Modified Juice Fast
I went produce shopping for the second time last night and I bought beets. I know I don’t like canned pickled beets…I’m not sure that I’ve ever tried a real, fresh beet. We’ll see if I like it in the juice! I am really liking the taste and smell of the ginger in the juice!
A.M. Red Juice
Makes 2 Servings
1 beet with stem and leaves
½ bunch celery
1 green apple
2 inches ginger root
½ kale bunch
¼ parsley bunch (optional)
I added lemon to this, next time I will peel the lemon…it just adds a slight bitter after taste when you don’t…
My son commented that he liked the beet and carrot taste and he was very excited that we made a rainbow in the juicer and with the layers of juice…it was a nice opportunity to talk about how we are supposed to be eating the rainbow each day with our fruits and veggies. He’d never seen a beet or tasted one either before today He’s 10.
For the first time we ran the pulp through the juicer a second time with a measuring cup at the spout just to see if there was extra juice (he called it “science”)…the pulp was pretty dry and it is very crumbly and messy to re-juice the pulp and there was really no juice because the crumbly pulp pretty much goes right into the exit bucket. I wanted to see what came out if I added just enough water to the pulp to make it more sticky and much easier and not messy to add it back into the juicer. For 1/2 a cup of water I got about a cup of juice out of the re-juice…same color, flavor, taste as the rest…I think it needed to stick together to make it into the spinner to get any extra juice out of it.
I liked the red juice…I like the mean green better…but I can see how the variety of a red juice in the morning and green the rest of the day would be helpful in doing a long juice fast.
I was looking at the carb/fat/protein mix, for when I go to only juice…basically, there is more than enough carbs, just the right amount of protein and low fat…in the mix…I guess I’m OK with the low fat since I figure my body has plenty to go access if it needs it.
Juicing + Food Day 7
I’m still juicing all day with one meal & a snack in the evening…(not where I’d hoped to be on day 7). My “snack” has been total junk the past two days too.
I’m needing to get this down and consistent, but then I still want and need to do only juicing…I’ve been having trouble with getting enough water in general, enough green juice and keeping my food in check – all within my calorie range. M has taken the attitude that juicing is “my new fad” and that “we aren’t rabbits”…probably because I’m cooking a lot less, buying less meat and more veggies. Fridge is over flowing with veggies.
I had red juice this morning & for lunch…for the first time since I added the juice…let’s just say it went right through me.
I have rosacea and my skin texture is good right now, getting better as I add the juice, lots of little bits of crud come to the surface and wash away…so that is good. However, the red pigment on my face is a bit darker and more noticeable the last few days than it normally is…I look very pink in the nose and cheeks at the moment. Clearing something? Better blood flow to thin skin on my face? I don’t know.
I brushed my teeth & tongue this morning and then immediately did it again. I could still taste and feel they were dirty. Eww! I think it is because as I add more juice I’m not having the sugar and fat and chemical coating from processed food in my mouth and on my tongue. I saw something about that in the documentary Veducated in reference to vegans…kind of makes sense to me.
Remember as a teen reading in magazines about how your tongue can give you clues to your health? I used to run in and check my tongue for cracks and such and back then never had any…fast forward many years and for at least the last year or two I did have a weird crack splitting off in a few directions in the middle of my tongue. Day 7 adding green & red juice = crack in tongue gone!
Modified Juice Fast Day 4
Well, I told myself when the last coffee energy drink was gone that was it…to be replaced by my morning juice. I thought I had one left so I was kind of mad when it wasn’t there this morning. But, oh well, I made my red juice and I’m fine now. I stepped on the scale and was down 2 pounds so that helped me get over my lack of coffee a bit.
Last night I had a headache for awhile…eventually I went and got a big glass of water and then I was fine. I made the mistake of drinking my last juice after dinner time thinking I’d be up at least a few more hours…then I went to lay down with my daughter and the second I was horizontal I had terrible acid…and if I got up right then she was going to bounce up and awake like a Jack-in-the-box, so I was stuck there for awhile.
I think maybe I’m hyper aware of any “symptoms” because of changing to juice…but really, I know I have had the same sort of things on regular food at various times…
I’m adding a 4th juice today and cutting the snack. Still planning on a healthy early dinner…as long as I’m feeling OK I think tomorrow is going to be the first day of the total juice only fast. I’m looking forward to it.
3pm…headache had gone, but then was back again…went and drank a big glass of water…it was less, but still there. Laid down for a bit and that helped a lot. Skin looks decent today, not perfect, but not bad. Weirdest thing- when I was resting, I could taste chocolate…even though there was no chocolate and I haven’t had anything chocolate in a few weeks…
It is strange to think I already need to juice again because it seemed like so much of the red and green juice…but it will be gone later today…I like it better fresh…even just overnight in the fridge it wasn’t as good. The store was out of cucumbers! I’m going to grab a couple from the gas station to get me through…they are home grown in a local garden here and he buys them by the box for resale.
HA HA ON ME! Kale and Turnip Greens = Not the same thing!
I was watching a juicing Youtuber and she suggested using the juicing time to learn as much as you can about nutrition while you are focused on this part of your life…I liked that idea so I’m going to keep finding various blogs, YouTube videos and NetFlix documentaries and watch something each day to support the juicing and to just add to what I know about nutrition.
Later today I’m watching the follow up film to Forks Over Knives: Fire Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue…
Made more red juice and green juice this morning. Ha ha on me, I went to the grocery store last night to get celery and saw some really nice Kale…I got it out this morning and discovered I’d grabbed turnip greens on accident…I don’t think I’ve ever tried turnip greens I juiced them up…turnip greens are sort of bitter like a lot of greens so I needed some extra lemon to mask it. Still, the green juice is drinkable this morning and I tried something new.
I’ve had two green juices so far today and what people say about beginning to crave their “green-ness” is true! I got some garden grown giant cucumbers from the mom&pop gas station down the road. I give them a lot of credit for going to the farmer’s market and bringing in a truckload of vegetables to this neighborhood each week. It is at least 5 miles to the nearest grocery store and that would be a Publix (very expensive) or a Wal-mart (terrible quality). There are a ton of people around here without cars and Florida isn’t exactly known for great public transportation.
I got a mango too, it smelled really good and was fully ripe…of course, I’m not sure I like mango I’ve had maybe two in my life and I don’t think they were all the way ripe so the turpentine smell-taste was not good. Anyway, I’m going to juice it with…something. (I got a book on juicing at the library today to look at for ideas.)