Happy snowy Monday! It’s another wonderful March blizzardy (is that a word?) day here in Minnesota. I hope you had a fabulous weekend, I spent mine shooting boudoir photos and working on our new web site for Blush Twin Cities. We’ll be launching very soon and I can hardly wait!
As a follow up to my post last week on my journey into juicing, I thought I would provide more detail on how I do it. One of the most overwhelming things when first starting out can be figuring out what combination of fruits and vegetables to juice. There really is no right or wrong, it’s all up to your personal taste. My rule of thumb is to use 80% vegetables and 20% fruit to ensure that you are not getting too much sugar. When you first start out you may opt for a bit more fruit than that to help get you used to the taste, cause it can be a bit “earthy” otherwise. But I like that.
I have tried several different concoctions and the following is my favorite go-to recipe that I made up myself.
KATIE’S FAVORITE JUICE
3-4 big whole stalks kale
1 medium sized beet with the leaves attached
A big chunk of pineapple, usually about 1/3 of a whole one (I remove the outside but leave the core)
A big handful of strawberries
An inch or so of fresh ginger (I have found that this really helps my asthma)
This makes about 30-40 ounces of juice depending on how big your vegetables are. I rinse everything well and put all of the ingredients in whole without peeling or cutting; stems, cores, and all (with a few exceptions). I’ve found that the cucumber is hands down the best vegetable for juicing if you’re trying to make a lot. I realize that this may seem like a lot of ingredients to some people and it kind of is. You definitely do not need to use that many types of fruits and vegetables. I just like to get as much variety as possible to get the most bang for my buck nutrient wise. You should definitely experiment and find out what combos you like best. I also occasionally use apples, oranges, pears, lemons, and basically any other fruit or veggies that I have on hand. I have an awesome strawberry-lemon-ginger combo that is great in the summer.
If you want to incorporate juicing into your daily life, I won’t lie, it does take dedication. I go to the store two or three times a week for fresh produce. I buy as much organic produce as possible, but it’s harder in the winter. In the summer, I make weekly trips to the Eagan farmer’s market and spend about $20 for a huge bag of locally grown produce which will last me almost a full week. I haven’t tracked exactly how much my grocery bill has gone up but I would say it’s about $50 more per week. It’s hard to really put it into numbers because at the time I started juicing I also cut out several things from my diet, so that somewhat cancelled out the increase in produce spending. I no longer buy soda, cereal, cow’s milk, and several other processed foods that really add to the grocery bill.
It takes me about 20 minutes from start to finish to prepare the juice and clean up the juicer. I have a huge compost bin which is far from my kitchen so I haul everything out there when I’m done. Some people find it can be overwhelming. I agree, it definitely can be. But for me, the rewards greatly outweigh the negatives.
Also, when I first started juicing, I made sure to “like” as many pages on facebook that I could. My news feed is normally full of photos of extremely healthy things. It keeps me motivated and craving the right types of foods, and gives me ideas for new things to try. Here are some of my favorite facebook pages related to juicing:
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
Juicing for Women
If I’m missing any of your favorite pages please let me know! I’ll be back next Monday with more info on my health and fitness journey. Your response last week left me in tears and I’m so happy to share this with you. Please let me know if there is anything specific you want me to share with you. I am no expert, just a girl who has spent a lot of time trying to improve my health and I’m learning new things every day!
Oh, last thing! I am on Instagram (klthering) and am posting photos of my meals and juices along with my day to day life. Feel free to follow me!