omega juicer

My First Green Juice

I made my first veggie drink with the juicer this last weekend. It was…different. Very leafy tasting. Like a liquid salad. Not bad but not stand-up-and-get-excited good either. Just very different. I had no idea what to expect so I can’t say that it didn’t meet my expectations. It was just a new experience all the way around.

I reduced this recipe to try to make a one serving portion for me to try out.

Ingredients:

  • one apple
  • two stalks of celery
  • six kale leaves
  • 2 swiss chard leaves
  • a handful of parsley
  • half a lemon
  • a chunk of cucumber
  • and a small piece of ginger

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The juicer performed well. It jammed up once, just a little on the greens. I think it was the overabundance of parsley and I think I was pushing it too fast. It’s a masticating juicer so it runs slower (and quieter) than the ones that sound like aircraft taking off.

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Luckily, it also has a reverse button which worked wonders for eliminating the jam.

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I got about 20 ounces of juice out of it all.

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It seemed like a little more than I was going for. I wasn’t sure I would drink it all but I did. (It could have kept in the fridge for up to 72 hours, at least until the next day, but I decided to go for it instead.)

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I’m not sure what I think about the whole process. I’m not keen on the ratio of food to juice. It’s a lot of freaking food for not very much juice in my book. And, as one of the cautions I’ve read about juicing, it didn’t really fill me up or make me feel like I’d had lunch. I managed until dinner but it definitively isn’t as filling as our green smoothies.

I think more experimenting must be done.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. 
~ Albert Einstein

To Juice or Not to Juice

That has been a question in our house for some months. Our blender makes very yummy green smoothies we enjoy for breakfast regularly.

Nut Butter Banana Smoothie

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower…)
  • a giant handful of spinach (maybe 4 cups worth?)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut milk

*Makes enough for 2 people

But we haven’t ventured very far into the realm of smoothie and juice drinks yet. We want to but we just aren’t quite there yet. In an effort to step up our juicing game, I did try two new green smoothie recipes this past week. One was pretty good…Creamy Green Apple Smoothie courtesy of Juli at paleOMG. It was lighter and crisper than our usual mix above.

The second attempt at a new combination bombed horribly.

  • 1.5 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 3 cups spinach (slightly smaller handful; I really don’t measure the spinach)
  • 1 cup of coconut water

This would not convince anyone that green smoothies are yummy despite their green coloring. I do not suggest you try it. We almost threw it out but then decided to choke it down rather than waste the food. The cocoa powder just made it too bitter.

So after much continued debate, we decided to take the plunge and buy a masticating juicer to enhance our blending and juicing power. (There are like 3 or 4 different types of juicers, not to mention a bazillion brands to choose from!)

After many youtube reviews, we decided on the Omega VRT350. Not the most expensive option out there but not inexpensive by any means either. We better LOVE it. (I think we already do.)

It arrived last night. We ran some oranges and apples through it right away, just to play with our new toy.

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I am so impressed with how quiet it is. It makes about 1/10 of the noise that the blender makes. The blender sounds like a jet engine taking off and lasting for a good 5 minutes. Often at 6 am. I have a feeling our neighbors will unknowingly appreciate the juicer.

A few other quick observations so far…

  • it has a small footprint (which is awesome)
  • it’s heavy
  • and it’s relatively easy to clean (hopefully even easier once I become more familiar with it.)

I hope to write some follow up posts to highlight our juicing and blending exploits down the road.

Oh, and lastly, the juice above was not anything fancy but it was amazing.

All great changes are preceded by chaos.
Deepak Chopra