The Healthy Chronicles: I Bought A Juicer

In my last post, I mentioned my new found interest in all things healthy food. No I’m not about to swear off everything that’s not a a vegetable that’s name has at least two syllables. I will not be “that girl”. I refuse. And I don’t think that I’ll ever be able to live with myself if I gave up certain delicacies. Like bacon. So even though I’m exploring the world of health, I’m not going to completely desert my soul food roots.

I’d been looking at juicers for a while now, and the sister and I decided that we were going to hold off for a while. It wasn’t anything that we needed at the moment, and I didn’t want to buy just any juicer. I wanted a big fancy one that will strain the living daylights out of whatever I placed in it’s path. Then I had a day of from work, and was left to my own devices after lunch with the sister. I decided to go stop by the bargain store down the street. Low and behold, they had all kinds of juicers in that place. Some where in the $100’s and I walked right passed them. My will power was strong. Until I stumbled on a juicer for $30 bucks. THIRTY DOLLARS!!! No way that I could have passed on that. I knew that it wouldn’t have the best blades or extract as much juice as an expensive version. But what it would do is get me some juice. It would be the practice appliance. I’d be able to work out some recipes  and see what friuts and veggies taste well together. And since I don’t want to do a complete juice fast or anything, there was no way that I was going home without that juicer. So I bought it.

My first attempt at juicing involved an assorment of fruits and veggies from the Farmer’s Market. Kale, collards, peaches, an avocado, a plum. I learned so much in that first juicing session. First of all, my juicer does NOT like kale. or maybe the kale I had just wasn’t juicy. The collards, definitely rendered more juice than the kale. I think I’ll stick to blending the green stuff for a smoothie. Also, who told me that you can juice anything? Huh? You lied. There is no juice in an avocado!!  The fruits gave me all kinds of goodness, though.

My plan is to have a smoothie in the morning, and some sort of juice before bed. I realized that I can’t just throw whatever into the juicer and expect greatness. I’ll get juice, but I want it to taste good as well. So I’m now equipped with some recipes and will give this juicing thing another go.  Trying to be healthy is complicated.