But I’ve also been intrigued by juicing. Like everyone else who watched the documentary “Fat Sick & Nearly Dead“, I wanted to run out and buy a top-of-the-line juicer immediately. But cooler heads prevailed. I borrowed one instead from my intern Hannah.
And just in time–because my clean-eating guru, fellow dietitian Danielle Omar, has a brand new book called Skinny Juices: 101 Juice Recipes for Detox and Weight Loss. I’ve done Danielle’s Clean Eating Detox program twice (read “I Tried a 21-Day Cleanse And You Can Too!“). She’s smart and knows her stuff–and she swears by juicing.
Here’s what I liked about juicing:
- I consumed a ton of greens–and way more vegetables in general than I normally would in a day. (Beyond spinach and kale, I haven’t had a lot of luck blending veggies into my morning smoothies with the Vitamix. I usually wind up with too much sludge.)
- It was an easy way to use up produce odds and ends that were kicking around in the fridge.
- It was fun experimenting with different combos of fruits and veggies. My kids liked it too.
- Juice felt like a lighter and more refreshing way to start my day than a smoothie from the blender.
Here’s what I didn’t:
- The juicer was big and bulky, with many parts to keep track of (and it was not fun to clean).
- There was a lot of pulp left over. I added it to our compost, but it still felt wasteful. And the dietitian in me hated tossing away all that fiber, though Danielle offers 16 ways to repurpose it (like layering it into lasagna) in her book.
- It’s very easy to create a high-cal concoction with too much fruit. When my kids took the driver’s seat, we ended up with a sticky-sweet mixture that likely packed hundreds of calories and loads of sugar.
- The juices that are predominantly vegetables are definitely an acquired taste. I’m used to a sweet fruit smoothie every morning, so I’d need some time to warm up to a vegetable-heavy juice instead. The juices also weren’t filling in the way my usual smoothies are.
Though I’m sticking with my Vitamix smoothies, I understand why people juice. Devotees like Danielle also do it the right way, with lots of veggies–and fruit added sparingly. In fact, Danielle typically recommends using just 1 fruit for every 3-4 veggies.
This Blue Love juice was my favorite of the ones we tried. Here’s the recipe:
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1 cucumber
- 5-6 kale leaves
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1- inch piece ginger
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Photos by Hannah Bills