I feel as if my cells are singing. Everything becomes clear and bright and alive. It’s an immediate, refreshing hit of alertness and vibrancy.
What is this wonder drug?
These are some of the effects I experience, within a few seconds of gulping down a big mouthful of freshly made vegetable and fruit juice.
Try it, you might be amazed!
My juice has lots of beetroot in it, and kind of looks like blood… I’ve often joked that it feels like an instant blood transfusion, and it seems that I’m not so far from the truth. Apparently, there is an amazing similarity between a molecule of chlorophyll and a molecule of heme (the oxygen carrying part of hemoglobin), and experiments have shown that our bodies can convert chlorophyll to hemoglobin, thereby enriching the blood. Click here to find out more.
In addition, it’s a megaboost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from a range of superfoods, including beetroot, berries, leafy greens and ginger.
Did I mention that it tastes delicious too?
I’ve had a Champion Juicer since about 2001, and it’s been great. It’s a masticating, rather than centrifugal juicer, which results in more enzymes, vitamins and minerals remaining in the juice. It also gets lots of juice out, with the pulp coming out fairly dry. As well as juice, my Champion makes great nut butters and raw ice creams, using the flat plate that comes with it. It goes like a trooper, the motor is super powerful and spare parts are easy to obtain from http://www.championjuicer.com.au.
On the downside, the chute is really small, so you have to cut up things quite small, it’s a bit slow and you need to push quite hard with the presser to get things like beetroot and almonds through. I’ve also had quite a few problems with greens getting jammed up in the chute.
When I lost a part of my Champion juicer recently, I was devastated. I went cold turkey for a while. But when spring came, something had to be done. I needed juice here, on the spot, every morning.
So I decided – instead of paying $60 for the new part for the Champion – to look for a second-hand centrifugal juicer. I found a Sunbeam Cafe Series Juicer, which usually retails for about $270, at the bargain price of $40, and snapped it up. Here it is:
I love it!
It munches up whole apples and beetroot, even takes large quantities of greens (when followed up with carrots). It makes plentiful amounts of juice, with reasonably dry pulp. Unlike my Champion, it has a well-designed collecting jug, preventing beetroot leakage all over the bench, and a huge pulp bin, which I can just empty into the compost.
Juicing is a great way to detox your way into spring. Maybe you’ve got a juicer in the back of the cupboard, but if you haven’t, you can be sure someone else has and you’ll be able to get a bargain on ebay or your local trading site.
Why not try a juice every day for your breakfast for a week and see how you feel?
Sometimes I make a lot and store it in the fridge in my favourite glass jug (you can get these fantastic jugs here), or I make just enough for a takeout breakfast in a mason jar or jam jar (make sure the lid screws on tight if you are using beetroot!)
You can, of course, juice whatever you want, but here’s my favourite blend:
½-1 bunch spinach or kale
2-3 green apples
1-2 lemons (leave a little skin on for a zesty flavour!)
a good clump of fresh ginger – as much as you like!
2 stalks celery
a punnet of blueberries or strawberries