I have discovered the joys of drinking my breakfast.
And no, this doesn’t include an orange and leftover champagne.
Although I’m not above it…
For quite a while, I heard about the healthy benefits of juicing. Except when I was growing up, juicing was something you did to wheat grass, and I wanted no part of it.
When I was researching healing whatever it was I was afflicted with last year (before my Lyme diagnosis) through healthy diet (and by “I” I mean Fiddledaddy because I was just as happy to take a pill and be done with it) he read a good deal about juicing. Specifically carrot juicing.
We did buy one of those hoopty ploopty juicers that takes up far too much real estate on the kitchen counter. And I commenced with All The Carrot Juicing.
I grew to dislike carrots with a white hot hatred. And I loathed the giant juicer even more because it took up so much room and cleaning the thing only made me more angry.
I have kitchen appliance issues. I’m not ashamed to admit it.
I did attempt some other types of juicing, but could not get the hang of it. Eventually I relocated the thing to another portion of the kitchen. And covered it with a table cloth.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Then Fiddledaddy, never one to let things go, began researching Jason Vale, aka The Juice Master. His enthusiasm for juicing was infectious. He was also demonstrating a juicing machine that looked FAR EASIER than the monstrosity that now sat unused on my counter. A much smaller and CHEAPER juicing machine. Not to mention easier to clean.
In a moment of weakness (end of the day/caffeine had all worn off) Fiddledaddy talked me into trying this different juicing machine. We found the Breville Juice Fountain Plus at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $149.99 and were able to use a 20% off coupon, bringing the price down down to about $120.
I’m proud to say that I’m juicing every single day. Sometimes twice a day. And let it be known that I have not forsaken my beloved Vita-Mix, and still use that for soups, green smoothies, protein shakes, etc., and of course my requisite blended coffee drink.
But today I wanted to share with you my favorite juicing recipe.
(That’s beet juice on the cutting board, not blood. Thought I should clarify.)
Included in my breakfast juice are:
- 2 whole apples
- 2 whole carrots
- a sliver of fresh ginger (this staves off my nausea from the antibiotics)
- a wedge of lemon
- a small wedge of beet root
Because of the wide mouth of the juicer, I can drop the apples in whole. Everything else goes in easily.
There are a bunch of other wonderful recipes that include more greens, but this one is my all time favorite, especially first thing in the morning.
I need at least one vice, you know.
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(Disclosure: I am in no way affiliated with the Breville Juice Master Plus. However, Vita-Mix is an affiliate, and I disclose that on my sidebar.)