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A blog about thriving and feeling awesome, by Brad Rourke

I’ve Been Juicing

I’ve been juicing lately, with fantastic results.

No, it’s not what you might think. Not steroids. I’ve been juicing a wide variety of leafy green vegetables with my new Breville juicer and I feel great.

I found I had been frequenting juice bars, getting these concoctions of kale and spinach and whatnot — and the costs were sure adding up. Plus I wanted to be able to have juice whenever I wanted. So I did some researched and purchased what I thought was about the closests-to-commercial grade juicer I could get. I chose the Breville Juice Fountain Elite. (Affiliate link.)

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The Breville is a “centrifugal” juicer, which means it has a fine mesh screen that whirls around. You put your vegetables down a chute and they get chopped up and whirled through the mesh. Dried pulp goes one way, juice goes the other. The literature says you get about 80% of the nutrients out of a vegetable that way. Here’s what the mesh screen looks like:

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This makes it super easy to get stupendous amounts of good, healthy greens every day. I mean massive quantities. Check out the juice I made this morning.

Here is all the produce I started with:

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And here is what I ended up with:

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This should last me a couple of days. The nutrients in juice created this way stay viable about 72 hours, I’ve read, so I try to drink the juice within a day or so.

It’s been trial and error to come up with tasty recipes. Each vegetable gives a different amount of juice, depending on almost random factors, so it is not a hard and fast science. Still, here are two recipes that have become standbys for me.

MORNING ORANGE

  • 3 big carrots
  • 4 big stalks of celery
  • 2 small Granny Smith apples
  • 1 thumb-size chunk of ginger

MEAN GREAN FIGHTING MACHINE

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples
  • 1 thumb-size chunk of ginger

Let me know if you try it!



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