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I would like to introduce you to my breakfast

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.

After coffee.

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.)

13 Responses to I would like to introduce you to my breakfast

  • That is some seriously gorgeous juice. Do your kids drink it too? Have you tried that combination in your vitamix?

    • YES! My kids are now juicing every day. And no, I wouldn’t put this combo in the Vita-Mix because it would be mush. 🙂 However, I do make homemade apple sauce using my Vita-Mix. I cut up the apples and remove the seeds, then toss them in with a bit of cinnamon. Very popular around here.

  • I’ve been wondering about the whole juicing thing. Thank you for sharing this. I may give it a try.

    I have to admit, I’m a little late in jumping on the “Health Band Wagon.” 30 years late… give or take a decade… but still. Between my YL oils and supplements, and buying, mostly, organic/whole foods, eating more fruits and veggies, removing toxins from my home… It’s baby steps, but I’m getting there. 🙂 You are inspiring me. 🙂

  • We’ve been juicing 1-2 times per day for about 3 weeks now. We are LOVING it! I am going to have to post some of my favorite recipes now too!

  • I have “appliance issues” too, but my beloved vita mix lives on my kitchen counter. I wonder what a juicer would do for my health that the vita mix won’t?? I’m almost afraid to start researching because I don’t want another appliance on my counter!

    • Callie,

      I know, I thought the same thing. My Vita-Mix will always hold the place of honor on my counter. But now I’m able to juice fruits and vegetables that would not necessarily work in my Vita-Mix. Like carrots, beets, celery, etc. It just gives me more variety. Now between the two, I’m completely fulfilling my required quota of fruits and vegetables, without having to cook all the nutrients out! Food for thought. 🙂

  • So when you say that you put the apples in whole, does that mean core and seeds? What about the lemon rind and carrot and beet peel? (You have appliance issues; I have peel issues!) 🙂

    • Lori,

      I do, seeds and all. There is a mesh wire filter thingie (technical term) that separates all the rinds, seeds, and whathaveyou from the juice. It’s a beautiful sight. And if I only composted, I’d have AWESOME material. Baby steps. 🙂

  • Ugh. I have been wanting a juicer for eons and eons. I ALMOST got one about two months ago but the lady that had it on Craigslist sold it before I got there…WHINE, WHINE, WHINE…

  • So happy to get that recommendation. I drink my breakfast every morning … kefir, some supplements, a little almond butter, flax seed … but I keep thinking I need to do the juicing thing and have kale and the healthy greens. I think I’ll invest in one of the juicers you recommended. Love drinking my breakfast. It’s easy, relatively quick, and you feel like you’re starting your day off healthy 🙂

  • Dee Dee,
    Can you explain the difference between what the Vita-Mix can handle and what the juicer does? I thought the Vita-Mix could do it all? Thanks!

    • Crista,

      I love both the Juicer and my Vita-Mix. The Juicer is able to extract all the peel, seeds, rinds, etc., without leaving out all the good stuff you need. By juicing, I’m able to get more apples, celery, carrots in me. Things that I would not use my Vita-Mix for. I love my Vita-Mix for smoothies, and can use greens and cut up frozen fruits to make unbelievable drinks. Not to mention mixing things like mixing a whole raw zucchini into my whole wheat pancake mix.

      So, I can’t use a carrot in my Vita-Mix, but I know I need carrots and other harder root vegetables in my diet. And I simply don’t eat enough of them raw to make a difference. Juicing does all the work for my body, and to me, makes everything taste better because I’m able to combine different things.

      I hope I’m making sense. 🙂

  • I might have to check into this. I love the Vita-Mix but to have a “real” juice drink. I know my kids would love it because Lord knows I keep the V8 company in buisness.