My husband came home one day over the moon about a juicer. Not just any juicer, at least not to him anyway, an Omega juicer. After having emergency gall bladder surgery earlier this year, he began researching juicers as a way to input better nutrition into his body. We (he) immediately began using the juicer. And, when I say immediately, I mean immediately. He put the juice on the counter, washed the parts, and juiced. He hasn’t stopped since. Apples, they were the first juice experience. Turns out that fresh apple juice tastes very different than the store-bought apple juice that I buy for my toddler (who knew!?). We began adding other vegetables and fruits, namely carrots and celery. I had heard of the celery juice craze before. Celery has anti-inflammatory elements that help with stomach issues to skin issues. We added in carrots because they are a sweet vegetable and good for your vision. Apples, celery, and carrots quickly became our base for the juice. To the base, we also add anything from bananas to turnips greens (this is for the serious!). My husband and I both prefer juice over coffee in the morning. I traditionally drank 1-3 cups of coffee a day with one always being first thing in the morning. I still will typically have a cup in the afternoon, but no longer feel the need or desire have in the mornings. Overall, I feel better. I feel better mentally and physically since I start drinking the juice. My husband has even lost weight, and we are still eating, not cleansing. I hope to one day soon be brave enough to cleanse!
Here are a few of my favorites juices:
For the light-weight:
2 Celery Sticks
1/2 Cup of Spinach or Kale Leafs
For the serious:
3 Celery Sticks
1/2 Cup of Spinach or Kale
1/4 Cup of Turnip Greens
For the kids:
1 Banana (who knew you could juice a banana?)
We use the two Omega Juicers below. Both are masticating juicers, which means they don’t use heat to extract the juice. Not using heat, the juicer is able to keep all the good “nutritious” stuff. The vertical juicer is my personal favorite. It is easy to set-up, use, and clean. It does well with just about any fruit or vegetable. The horizontal juicer is my husband’s favorite. It has more options and juices a bit smoother. With the horizontal option, you can juice wheatgrass (something we are starting to grow ourselves- try tuned!) or even create pasta.
*This is post is not sponsored, but written purely from personal experience. I am also not a nutritionist of any sort, just am happy to share something that has worked for my family.