Breville Juicer

2009 was the year of race reports. There are going to be lots of races (and therefore reports) this year, but I also thought I’d add something new: reviews. Not sure what exactly this will encompass (as always, suggestions welcome! I love when my readers comment!) but I’m thinking books, movies and products- primarily health-related, of course. So now, on to the first review. Drumrolll please…

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The Breville 700 Watt Compact Juice Fountain

Yes, a juicer. In a rare moment of impulse shopping I bought a juicer from Amazon. When I was in Rome we had fresh juices at breakfast and I loved that they was tasty and nutritious. I was skeptical of my purchase, I mean, who actually uses a juicer? I also ordered a juice book so I could maximize my potential for success by knowing what to do with the thing once it came.

I genearlly eat pretty well. I use natural nut butters, eat whole wheat versions of foods, know a thousand different recipes for quinoa and make some mean fresh fish. However, while I’m down with whole grains, fresh fruits, good fats and omega-3s, I’m seriously lacking in one domain: vegetables. The only ones I eat are potatoes, sweet potatoes and spinach. Maybe a squash here or there. The main idea behind the juicer was to incorporate some more veggies into my diet. But veggie juices? There was a very high ick potential.

I checked out the juicing book- did you know you can juice kale? And sweet potatoes? Broccoli? Seriously? This juicing book rocks! Tons of info and recipes organized in a really accessible way. If was really going to give this juicing thing a shot I wasn’t going to just make orange juice. So I challenged myself to make something yummy with kale (I can pretend to be an Iron Chef in battle juice, okay??). And I did! I was totally shocked that kale, apples and celery are AMAZING together in juice form.

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Before

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After

I continued to experiment- every combination I tried from the juice book was amazing. I’ve only had the juicer a week or so but I find myself wanting juice at least once a day. Last night I was pleasantly surprised that when I wanted a midnight snack that instead of eating the awesome gingerbread house I made New Years day that I made myself some orange/cucumber/celery/carrot juice. Quick, easy, healthy and the juicer is so easy to clean.

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My gingerbread house! See the logs stacked by the door? And the presents under the tree?

Quantifiable rating: 8

Non-quantifiable rating:  I’m not only eating more fruits and veggies than I usually would, but that there’s greater diversity in what I eat.

I’m not saying juicing is for everyone, but I wanted to share my yummy experiences with you in case you wanted to try. Cheers!

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