Point is it works for me and I'm happy :) That doesn't mean I don't need a little help every once in a while (particularly after eating an entire container of chip dip, by myself, in one sitting...). We all have days where we feel a little more "blah" than fabulous whether it's due to the previous night or a pile up of stress at work, and that's usually where I throw another green smoothie and some extra water into myself and call it a day.
But as I've been kicking the workout up a notch the last few days (let's be honest that just means I'm actually working out) I started to think about the darker side of "cleansing" your body. That's right I was thinking about juicing!
Similar to my beloved morning smoothie(which is only sometimes green) a juice takes a whole bunch of fresh, produce, goodness and beats it into a drinkable mess. I always have associated them with those crazy girls on a "lose 10 lbs this week" cleanse/fast (similar to the people who insist they are happy subsisting on cayenne, water, and lemon juice for days...). Aside from those thoughts I've never made a juice for 3 reasons.
- I don't own a juicer. My blender(s) work perfectly well and can be used for a variety of kitchen tasks, the idea of a kitchen appliance that can only be used for a single, specific purpose seems unnecessary (plus those bad boys are expensive!).
- I was worried about taking the fiber out of my drink. With a smoothie I know that it won't rush to my head (or right through me), a smoothie has staying power because it still has everything in it.
- I was afraid of the taste. My smoothie almost always has a banana in the base which cancels out just about any green I could choose to throw in there. I wasn't sure I could handle a glass of straight up greenness.
A juice just seems so exoctic/mysterious and I pride myself on (usually) staying away from any health "trends" in favor for my traditional favorites (FOOD!). But I
I threw my usual green smoothie basics (sans banana) spinach and romaine into the blender with some water and gave it a whirl. Since I didn't have the banana I threw a green apple in there as well. I poured the whole mess bit by bit into a jar through my tea strainer, and after the first straining I dumped all the pulp into a paper towel and gave it an extra squeeze for good measure. I topped the whole mess off with a squeeze of lemon juice and took a sip...
The most surprising part for me was how dark it got, I'm used to my bright, light, green smoothies and this looked so much darker. The taste was similar to a smoothie without banana, that kind of green-grassy taste that is really hard to describe. Overall it was pretty good (though a lot of work to do by hand!) I don't think it could be a meal like a smoothie is, but I could see it in place of water or tea once in a while.
I've got a (hopefully) long weekend of recipe testing ahead of me, with a little studying and sunshine thrown in for good measure :) Have a wonderful weekend!!
Do you juice? If yes what do you love about it? If no is there a reason?