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The Sweet World of Juicing

Apple, Peach and Beet Juice - The Duo Dishes

The world of juicing is juicy by default. There is a wealth of interesting and valuable information out there regarding the health benefits of juicing, and it may seem like an enticing thing to try. Today’s post is not about juice fasting. No, not one bit. It’s merely a tiny tip toe into a world where some use juices as meal replacements, while others see them as a once in a while or maybe once a day vitamin-laced beverage. This post sides with the latter. Although juicing is not for everyone, it could be an interesting alternative for many people. Not too long ago, a group of women juiced their way through fourteen days of fruit and vegetable juice and pulp. Was it happy faces all around? For some. As always, there are a few things that can be tricky about adopting a new healthy tactic, but you can learn a lot of things about yourself and the process once it’s over.

Sojourner of Married with Two Boys is the reason more than ten women decided to plug in their juices (or run out and buy one) and stock their kitchens with inordinate amounts of fruits and vegetables. As a new juicer, I was one of those people who had to run out and buy one the day before we were to start. I found one that fit my price range and what I believed would be my continuation of this journey down the line. Many people know that a juicer can be an expensive investment, so there’s no reason to buy a big bad boy if you can’t afford it and know that you’ll never juice again. After the juicer was purchased, it was time to bulk up on produce. I grabbed mangoes, spinach, kale, apples, grapes, peaches and lemons that day and proceeded to make myself a juice in the morning for the first couple of days. What a mess a juicer can be. Imagine piles of produce reduced to nothing more than 8 ounces of vibrant juice. Then imagine all the fibrous pulp leftover that you have to clean out of the juicer. The glamour is partially gone, but the juice is delicious. Finding a way to use the pulp would be a fun experiment. As you might guess, the clean up can be messy, and you should probably factor at least 20-30 minutes into your routine if you plan to juice. If you are not a morning person, perhaps you’d be better off juicing at a more appropriate time of day. To that end, due to my early rise and go schedule, I found myself grabbing Naked Juice‘s Green Machine or Berry Blast for a few mornings. Otherwise, I juiced on my own.

The variety of juices that you can develop really allow you to explore new flavor combinations of fruits and vegetables. You can use all of your favorites as the base and toss in something different here and there in order to add more body or lighten the flavor. Throwing in ginger is perfect with fruit, and if you’re into spice toss a jalapeno into your veggie juice. If you’re feeling extra brave, use ginger and jalapeno together for a pure metabolism boost. I found citrus to once again stand out as that perfect last touch to brighten up the final product. Sometimes I even sprinkle the tiniest pinch of salt into my glass to make everything pop. If you are open to juicing, you may find that it’s a creative way to play with your food.

For this mini juicing experiment, several women shared their experience and their favorite juice ingredients. Here is mine. It is a super red blast of goodness. Many people come from the school of juicing many of their thin skinned fruits and vegetables without peeling them. Usually this results in a thicker, cloudier juice. I prefer to peel my fruits and vegetables, but the decision is your’s. In the recipe below, you could get away with not peeling the apples, peaches and carrots, especially if they have been washed very well. Drink this juice, and any of your favorite recipes, right after making them in order to make the most of its fresh fresh flavor and nutrients. If you must make your juice ahead of time, keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and definitely drink before 24 hours have passed.

Apple, Peach and Beet Juice – Serves 2
2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 8 pieces
2 large peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into 8 pieces
2 large leaves red kale, destemmed
1 1/2 cups green grapes
3 medium carrots, peeled and quartered
1 large beet, trimmed, peeled and cut 6 pieces
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Use your juicer to extract the juice and pulp of these fruits and veggies. Split the juice between two 8-ounce cups and serve immediately.

If you read below, find out how each person fared with their two week juicing experiment! Do you have any juicing stories to share?

Los Angeles, CA
Goal: Incorporate more fruits/veggies into my daily meals by swapping at least one meal for a juice every day.
Favorite Juice: Apples, peaches, kale, grapes, carrots, beets, lemon juice
Toughest Moment: Being hungry 30 minutes later, especially after breakfast!
Outcome: Feeling lighter!

Darreoka Winfrey Juice - The Duo Dishes
Darreoka's blender is ready to go!

Atlanta, GA
Goal: To successfully juice one of my six meals a day for at least five days a week.
Favorite Juice: Pineapple juice, spinach, frozen mangos and mixed berries.
Toughiest Moment: Buying store bought juice and expecting it to be “SAFE”, then discovering there’s not just one serving but 2 in the container.
Outcome: I am able to control my hunger pangs and cravings, and I am getting down at least three servings of fruits and veggies at one meal.

Valley Village, CA
Goal: Replace dinner with juice everyday for at least two weeks.
Favorite Juice: Apple, orange, kale, spinach and mango.
Toughest Moment: Declining a great dinner invitation in order to juice.
Outcome: My metabolism is fired up, and my largest calorie intake is shifted to earlier in the day. I plan to continue juicing or eating raw for evening meals as a rule at least 75% of the time.

Sana Augustus Juice - The Duo Dishes
Sana proudly stands next to her juicer and powerful Vitamix.

Sana Augustus
Laurel, MD
Goal: To cleanse (physically, mentally, spiritually) and to get my eating habits back on track, along with renewed self-discipline.
Favorite juices: 1) carrot, orange, ginger and 2) fennel, celery, green grapes, green apples
Toughest moment: Cooking dinner for my husband and cleaning the juicer six times a day.
Outcome: More energy, mental and spiritual clarity, and motivation to eat healthier!

Lake City, SC
Goal: To lose a couple of pounds and incorporate more fruits and veggies in my diet.
Favorite Juice: Green apples, pink grapefruit, pineapple, grapes, and carrots.
Toughest Moment: Using the juicer everyday. I didn’t enjoy the clean up!
Outcome: I lost 5 pounds! I also had more energy and just felt better.

Sojourner M. Grimmett Juice - The Duo Dishes
Sojourner gets ready to churn up a berrylicious blend.

Sojourner Marable Grimmett
Atlanta, GA
Goal: To incorporate better eating into my daily diet by adding nutritional juices that consist of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Favorite juice: 12 strawberries, 1 cup of blueberries, 1 Granny Smith apple, half of a banana, 1 cup of ice and 1/4 cup of water.
Toughest moments: Staying away from fast food restaurants the first week. It was also tough not to eat off my kids’ plates!
Outcome: Getting back to eating healthy and being more conscious of what I put in my body. I’m also exercising more regularly again.


19 thoughts on “The Sweet World of Juicing

  1. I love my love my Breville for juicing and will use my Vitamix for smoothies. Try this in your Vitamix or blender: Cold pressed Apple juice, 1 banana, and 2 cups spinach. This is one of my favorite on-the-go breakfast choices. Try this for your juicer: One 4-lb watermelon, 2 Cucumbers, 1 lb strawberries, 3 limes w/out the peel, a handful of mint. Run all ingredients through the juicer. Makes about 46oz or so. Turn it into a cocktail and add some lemon flavored vodka! I’m now going to have to juice before I head out this evening! Thx 😉

  2. A really great post from an interesting experiment. I was once given a 2nd hand juicer in a short crazy phase of mine where I tried fad cleansing diets. I liked the juices but 3 days on it is torture. And I hated the clean up too lol. But it was fun. I would stick to blender…after all that is where you get all your fiber too from the pulp.

  3. “Imagine piles of produce reduced to nothing more than 8 ounces of vibrant juice.”

    That is my experience with juicing as well 🙂 I am happy to see that people are taking care of their health and eating (drinking) better.

  4. Love it! I posted a green smoothie recipe last week. It does take some time but is so worth it. My skin is more vibrant…I have more energy. Never tried beets before though. Will give this recipe a shot.

  5. Fantastic post on juicing. Thank you for such an honest write-up about using a juicer. The health benefits far exceed the cons of how much time it will take and the cleanup…but those are things that are important to consider if deciding to make the investment in a special juicer.

    Defintely looking into it further. I’m all about healthier eating habits! 😉

  6. Guess who? I’m using another web browser (my iphone). I sure missed a few posts eh?
    Yes i love juicing as long as it w fruits. Had a very hard time w wheatgrass.
    Yuck!! lol. Also i do lemon juice w room temp water EOD for cleansing.
    Have you tried that? Its great for liver, digestive, blood and skin. Yep
    you’ll notice fresher skin in a couple weeks. Have a good wknd girl!

  7. Every time I go into Costco and they have the Vitamix on demo, I’m so tempted to buy it for my parents! 🙂 I loooooooove what it does: hot and cold soups, smoothies, juices, etc… So perfect. I think if I did a juice diet, I’d disappear… My mother used to juice a lot for as a kids which is why I appreciate now as an adult. Thanks for sharing these women and their club with us… a great resource/inspiration.

  8. This is a cool experiment! In Brazil, we are always mking our own juice from fresh fruits and veggies out of our own backyards! When I was little I wouldn’t eat much so for breakfast my parents would make me drink their fresh made juice/smoothie every day! I’m still traumatized that I hate beets and bananas…they were the worst to get down haha! But, I did have some favorites. I would love to own a juicer, but like Sarah mentioned above, it can still be done using a blender…You’ve inspired me to take on this challenge! I might have to replace breakfast for a big ol glass of fruit/veggies juice! xoxo…Emme

  9. I love fresh fruit juices and smoothies but I’m not a huge fan of veggie juice…maybe I need to try some new recipes. I currently drink smoothies daily but will definitely try to incorporate more juices.

  10. I was really intrigued by this post, especially the stories/pictures posted with it! So, being sans-juicer, I decided to research whether I could use my blender… here’s what I found (in case anyone else is curious):

    “Juicing in a blender takes a more work than with a juicer. When prepping your produce, cut small chunks and avoid seeds, stems and other parts that you don’t want to ingest. Also, experiment to see with which fruits and vegetables your blender can work. Harder, denser items like carrots may not break down fully in your blender. Some items, like bananas, don’t release much juice no matter how much you blend them (though they will break down and become drinkable).

    After blending the ingredients, pour the juice through a strainer to remove unblended pieces as needed.

    Juice purists will debate the efficacy of juicing in a blender. Unlike a juicer, a blender merely chops the ingredients finer and finer until they’re liquified. The end result will be thicker than if it were produced in a juicer.

    A juicer takes things one step further than a blender. Rather than just breaking down the produce, a juicer separates the juice from the fiber. This is what juicing purists believe speeds up the absorption of nutrients. What’s more, a juicer minimizes the amount of work. There’s no need for prepping items and removing seeds or peels. A juicer does the work.”

    At the end of the day, I think a juicer would be worth it. There are so many benefits described by the women in your post! But, until the wedding registry comes in next summer, I might be able to get away with a blender 🙂

  11. I’m SO definitely putting a Vitamix on our wedding registry and (if we get it) can’t wait to make juice in it. I totally want to jump in on the juicing craze!

  12. This sounds like such a fun challenge! I haven’t really delved much into juicing, but your recipe here makes me think I should!

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