Guys, I did it. After many months of research and careful consideration, today I upgraded my juicer! My new baby is the Omega VRT350HD, a slow masticating juicer that handles anything and everything from hard veggies to leafy greens like a total pro. It even makes almond milk! Stay tuned for almond-y adventures in the near future.
But before I get too ahead of myself here, welcome to Day 2 of the Juice Cleanse Challenge!
Day 2 was a success all around. My friend Tony came over again and we had a blast trying out new recipes on my new beautiful juicer. He was the honorary taste tester for the day and didn't seem to mind. Not even a little bit.
Okay, back to the juicer.
I decided to upgrade to the Omega for a few reasons. First, I was attracted to the fact that it is a slow juicer. At 80 rpm, the machine extracts juice from fruits and veggies without heating the produce, which maximizes the enzymes and nutrients in your juice. Because of this, juice made with the Omega also stores longer than normal, staying fresh and full of healthy goodness for up to 72 hours in the refrigerator.
The second draw was the fact that the Omega handles leafy greens very well. My previous juicer was fantastic for harder vegetables such as carrots and beets, but when I would feed it leafy greens it would shred them up and dump almost everything into the pulp bin.
To test out its green juicing prowess, the very first juice I made was inspired by Fully Raw Kristina's Secret SoulShine Juice. I modified the recipe slightly by adding some spinach and adjusting a few levels here and there, and I am thrilled to say that I have found my favourite green juice! (recipe below). Even my juice cleanse buddies Kadi and Morgan loved it, which is saying a lot because they were not so keen on green at the start of this challenge! The Omega rose to the occasion there were smiles all around (seriously though, I was like a kid in a candy shop!).
Thirdly, this juicer is super efficient. Watching it work away (with admiration), I found that it extracts loads more juice from the produce than my last juicer. The pulp comes out fairly dry and compact, which makes me feel like I'm not wasting any of my food. The pulp is great for re-use in desserts or to make frozen sherbets. So if you're like me and want to be able to use every scrap of food, this would be a big plus for you.
Alright, enough about juicers! Now it's time to get on to the juice! Today's juice recipe, which Morgan named The Green Zapper, features tons of leafy greens, apples, and a citrus kick. It's refreshing, packed with energy boosting and health promoting alkaline greens, and positively scrumptious.
The Green Zapper
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 head of romaine lettuce
- 5-6 gala apples
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 2 lemons
- 3-4 celery stalks
Thank you all for being so inspiring and for helping me stay motivated to reach my goals! And thank you for making the world such a vibrant, beautiful place. Time to grab some veggies and get juicing!
Peace & Love,