July 26, 2009

Juicier than a Sweatsuit

What's the good word, kids? Good weekends all around? Yes? Excellent. I have a new friend.

His name is Breville, and he makes a mean juice. I won this bad boy on eBay for well below retail price, including shipping. It was NIB, too! NIB = new in box, for those of you unacquainted with the magic of the eBay. None of this used nonsense with crusty vittles still attached.

That's just how I do.

I'm a little embarrassed to say that my juicer actually arrived weeks ago, but sat unopened in my apartment for quite a while before I busted it out last weekend. What can I say? Life happens. So does Las Vegas. Last Sunday, however, I assembled the goods for my first juice adventure.

I have to admit, I cringed a little when the organic produce necessary for just one juice amounted to nearly $4, but then again, can you put a price on good health? I could buy conventional produce to bring down the cost, but considering that things like lemons and apples with peels still attached are being chucked into this machine, I don't really feel like letting pesticide dribble out the chute and into my juice.

Anypulp, I used a head of romaine, one fuji apple, one lemon and about an inch of ginger for my first go-round with my almighty juicer.

If you had told me in 2005 that in 2009 I'd be drinking fresh vegetable juice from my Senior Week glass instead of beer, I just don't think I'd have believed you.

That said, my first homemade juice caused pretty much the same reaction as my first shot of hard liquor. Word to the wise: a whole lemon in a 15 oz juice will make your eyes cross so hard they end up in the opposite sockets. Lesson learned.

Going back to the $4 price tag, however, you better believe I drank the whole damn thing. I proceeded with a chug-dilutewithwater-chug method until I'd drained the glass. In retrospect, maybe I would have been better off funneling it. At least that would have kept in the spirit of the souvenir pint glass. ;)

Thankfully, my second attempt at homemade juice was 100% more successful than the first. Delicious, in fact.

Economical too! Organic carrots were on sale for 0.99 cents/lb at the store this week. SCORE. Therefore, today's juice was 0.5 lb (4) carrots, a head of romaine, one gala apple and about an inch of ginger.

I will definitely repeat this combination - it's a keeper. And my cells are just vibrating with health and alkalinity. ;)

Before I go, mad props to HEAB for making us all aware of the absolute best use of a nearly-empty nut butter jar. The jar in question today was PB&Co.'s Dark Chocolate Dreams.

See, when you cook up a nice pot of hot oat bran and pour it into a peanut butter jar with only the dregs left, this happens:

I can't say I've ever eaten breakfast straight out of a peanut butter jar before, but you'd better believe I scraped every last trace of this PB off the insides. Efficiency at its best. Plus I didn't have to wash a bowl. :)

Time to rock 'n' roll into the last week of July!

20 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Your post title made me laugh out loud, haha :-D

Dori said...

So happy you used the juicer! I tried juicing carrots for the first time yesterday and hate it actually... and today my green juice still tasted of carrots! I think my strainer is to blame for carrot residue. Who knows. Anyway, cheers to juice!

Jenny said...

oatbran in a bowl is ingenious.

breville sounds like an awesome new friend, can't wait to hear all about the shenanigans you two get in to ;)

talesofexpansion said...

i love that you drank that juice with a whole lemon -- peel and all. no wasting allowed :-D here's my question: did the juicer leave pulp behind, and was the pulp salvageable or useless? i've heard conflicting reports!

emily said...

mmmmmmn, carrot juice is my favorite. I realize this is not the popular blog opinion, but I still crave your soda maker machine more than a juicer!

Heather said...

Yay for juicing adventures! I made one a few days ago that was way too green for my liking and I had to plug my nose and chug it! All that organic produce was NOT going to waste. I did feel awesome afterwards, but celery has no place in my juice, so now I know for future reference.

lesley said...

Your juice = yum! : )

Gena (Choosing Raw) said...

Love your juicy concoctions and alkaline buzz!

Isn't juicy kind of a gross word, though? I was in a recent yoga class and the instructor kept reminding us to "keep things juicy" in our knees and hips. It was distractingly nast.

Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) said...

Yeah, I can only take 1/2 a lemon. You are more of a woman than I am.

Missy said...

Oo fun new gadget! I can't wait to see what else you come up with! One of these days I will be brave and try some of this veggie juice!

RunToFinish said...

i have still be considering a juicer but afraid it would sit unused too often... oh my word I missed that post of HEAB's and now I am all over that!

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

hey~ just found your blog and wanted to say hi!
I was just thinking about buying a juicer... so is this breville 95XL? How did you decide to buy this one instead of other models/brands?

ChickPea said...

Awesome eBay find! Now if only I could find a VitaMix that way...
Schnikes, that oatmeal looks delish!

Diana said...

Balance, Joy & Delicias -

That is indeed the model of my juicer. To be honest, I spent exactly no time considering which one to buy. I'd read that Natalia Rose recommended this juicer, so I googled the model number and found the listing on ebay. The rest is history. For what it's worth, however, I'm very happy with it. :)

emily said...

it was great to see you tonight! thank you for the tasty baked goods! :)

peacelovenutrition said...

I've always wanted to try a juicer! I love carrot juice from Liquiteria!

melissa said...

yay for a juicer, sad for july being over!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Ok I have been debating about this juicer...to buy or not to buy. And had my cell phone not fried and short circuited precisely yesterday, I was going to buy this model this week. But those plans are now on hold due to new phone being needed. Anyway, glad to hear you like it and are using it. Yay!

Cath said...

Hi Diana, I learned about your website through Gena's and it's a lot of fun. Having purchased a juicer recently, I appreciate this post. I also love the combo of lettuce with apple AND carrots. I don't even need the lemon! Also love to see that you're a BC grad. I'm now jealous that they didn't give me a senior week glass back in '02!

Diana said...

Cath! Go BC! So glad to have a fellow Eagle reading here. :) Thanks so much for stopping by!