Over the last couple of weeks social networks have been flooded with infographics about the impact of drinking coca cola and similar products
So of course somebody had to do a rather tongue in cheek alternative for drinkers of kale juice:
Joe Cross of “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” fame is bringing out a new book next week.
The book, “The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet“, draws on his experiences as portrayed in the film to put together this book which has a number of “reboot” plans from 3 day ones all the way through to the 30 day+ one.
Here’s a video of Joe talking about the book:
After seeing his film, which I found inspiring, I’ve pre-ordered the book! Now I’m not saying that I’d do a 30 day juice only plan, but I’d be interested in trying one of the shorter plans.
I’ve mentioned Jason Vale in the past. This coming January as in previous year’s he’s organising a January detox. However it’s slightly later in the month than in previous years. He’s also giving away over £10000 in prizes, so if you’re looking for some extra motivation he’s got you covered.
This is partially due to the publication of his new book “5LBs in 5 Days: The Juice Detox Diet” which comes out on January 2nd, but it’s also down to something quite logical. Human behaviour.
If you’ve been over-eating during Christmas it’ll probably take a few days for your body to adjust to normal quantities of food. So switching from eating huge quantities down to eating tiny quantities probably wouldn’t work too well. So by delaying the detox by a few days you’d hopefully be in a better position..
Full details on the site, where you can also signup if you want to take part.
While I’d love to do it I won’t be able to, as I’ll be travelling that week which means I’ll be lucky if I can keep my food consumption under control!
I’ve been using a centrifugal juicer on and off for the last 18 months. It’s a Philips HR1861 and cost around €100 when I got it. I’m now upgrading to a cold press juicer, even though they’re considerably more expensive.
For someone who was new to the entire concept of “juicing” that kind of investment seemed reasonable. I wanted something that would “do the job” and wouldn’t break, but I didn’t see any point in investing several hundred Euro in it. Like a lot of people I’m happy to try out new things, but I don’t always stick to them, so spending several hundred euro on something that I might have used two or three times before leaving it to gather dust at the back of a kitchen cupboard seemed silly.
Over a year later and I’ve re-considered my options.
While I might not make fresh juice every single day, I have gone through phases where the juicer is used at least 5 times a week. It isn’t sitting in a cupboard gathering dust and is one of the kitchen gadgets that permanently “lives” on the worktop.
The other reason is economics.
If you live in a country like Ireland buying fresh fruit and vegetables in the kind of quantities needed to make juices all the time, smoothies when you feel like it and like cooking with fresh vegetables or living off salads, it can get quite expensive.
According to several sources the more expensive cold press juicers are more economical, as they get more juice out of the fruit and vegetable.
So if you could get a glass of apple juice out of one apple instead of two you’re not only getting more of the fruit’s goodness, but you’re also saving yourself money. And I won’t even mention the more expensive fruits and vegetables.
This video, which doesn’t have any audio, illustrates this very well:
This graphic illustrates the difference:
The buying guide here is very helpful and the Horum models are available via a number of online retailers in Europe, though the pricing does vary quite a bit!
If you’re considering getting one shop around a bit. I generally compare prices between eBay, Amazon and a few of the specialist online retailers. While the specialist shops are generally more expensive for electric goods than Amazon or Pixmania, they’re more likely to run special offers on this kind of equipment. A bigger retailer will probably stick to discounting the cheaper equipment, like my trusty Philips machine, as they sell in higher volumes.
The Horum “slow juicer” range appear to be a lot better at handling things like kale and other leafy vegetables. My centrifugal juicer “can” handle them, but not particularly well:
I also like the way the device is “self-cleaning”. While my Philips machine is relatively easy to clean you still need to take it apart if you want to get all the pulp out of it.
Another advantage with the Hurom machines is their physical footprint. They take up less counter space than centrifugal juicers.
My kitchen worktop space isn’t particularly big and for things that need to be plugged in they usually end up squeezed in the space between the draining board and the microwave. While this could be down to bad design, I suspect a lot of people are a bit tight for space in their kitchens. (Admittedly my mother’s kitchen has a very generous worktop space, so maybe my theory is flawed!)
From what I can tell the only drawback is that you need to cut the fruit and vegetables up into smaller pieces before feeding them into the machine. So it might take a couple of minutes longer to slice up everything, but that’s not a big deal. I usually use a good sharp knife to prepare vegetables – I got a set of Wüsthof knives a couple of years ago and they’re in constant use.
I placed an order for my new cold press juicer this afternoon and hope to take delivery of it towards the end of next week. I opted for the Hurom HU-400, partly because I was able to get a refurbished model for a lot cheaper than a brand new one.
Yesterday evening I collected a box of fruit and vegetables from my local shop and this morning’s breakfast was 100% juice (apple, carrot, orange, celery, lime and ginger)
Christmas, of course, is not the best time of the year to worry about a diet.. or to even try and stay on one..
This morning’s freshly made juice – made with my own “fair” hands – was a mixture of apple and carrot juice.
I didn’t have that many apples, but apples are much juicier than carrots, so it didn’t really matter.
For extra kick add a slice or two of fresh ginger
I bought a juicer machine about a year ago. A friend had been singing the praises of “juicing” and how it was beneficial for health and weight loss.
Of course, like so many things, I liked the concept more than the reality and the machine has been sitting in a corner in its original box for the last year.
A couple of days ago, however, I was having breakfast in a Dublin hotel. One of the options on offer was freshly made carrot juice. They had a juicer and piles of chopped carrots sitting beside it with basic instructions on how to make your own.
That got me thinking. I like carrots – I like grating some carrot into sauces to add flavour and carrot juice is delicious. Why couldn’t I make my own?
So this weekend instead of buying one bag of carrots from the local supermarket I bought three.
I unboxed the machine this morning, rinsed the bits that needed a cleaning before use and set about making my own fresh carrot juice.
It wasn’t hard – it was actually incredibly easy!
4 or 5 carrots yielded a good sized glass or so of fresh carrot juice and it was absolutely delicious!
So what are the benefits of fresh carrot juice?
According to Wikipedia:
Carrot juice has a particularly high content of β-carotene, a source of vitamin A, but it is also high in B complex vitamins like folate, and many minerals including calcium, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. A pound (454 g) of carrots will yield about a cup of juice, which is a low yield compared to fruits like apples and oranges. However, carrot pulp is very tough; the main difficulty in juicing carrots is in separating the pulp from the juice.
So it’s absolutely packed with nutrients!
Whether I’ll have “plain” carrot juice or start experimenting with combinations remains to be seen, but I love fresh juices, so my juicer might start getting some use from now on .. at least that’s the plan!