Spring is a popular time of year for people to go on a juice diet (or cleanse/fast/detox/whatever you want to call it) to lose a bit of weight in time for the summer or because they’ve been eating unhealthily for a while and fancy a juice diet in a bid to mainline some fruit and veg into their bloodstream quickly. Whatever the reason, and for however long you’re going to be juicing for, here are some tips to keep you on track and stop you from putting down your juice and picking up the pizza menu instead. I’ll also tell you about a new juicer that’s going to be on the market soon – the Juisir, which doesn’t require any cleaning. Yes, I said it doesn’t require any cleaning. Okay, you can skip straight to that bit if you want, I won’t be (too) offended.
A self-cleaning juicer? Well, kind of. The Juisir (thankfully pronounced simply ‘juicer’ – although, in my head, I give it a mock-French lilt and it comes out like ‘joo-sair’ with a flourish on the ‘sair’ bit) doesn’t need any cleaning. HALLELUJAH PRAISE THE JUICING GODS AND I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT JASON VALE.
As you’ll have seen, lately I’ve been making the most of my juicer. Fresh juice is delicious, healthy and the varieties are endless. If you’d like to jump on the juicing wagon, then you’re in luck, as I’m offering you a chance to win your own Tefal Infiny Press Juicer.
All you need to do is watch the video below and answer the question and if you’re one of the ten lucky winners*, Tefal will be in touch with you directly. Competition ends 20 August 2014.
NOTE: To the people coming via those competition websites – please read the post, it tells you how to enter the competition. Comments are now closed.
*Other bloggers are also hosting the competition, so not all winners will be via this blog.
Yesterday’s lunch juice was a smoothie made of pineapple and apple juice blended with banana and yoghurt. I’ve run out of apples though and I wasn’t going to dirty the juicer just to juice a bit of pineapple, so I blended pineapple, banana, raspberries and soya yoghurt to make this delicious smoothie. It’s creamy and frothy and almost dessert-like.
Pineapple, Banana and Raspberry Smoothie
1 inch slice pineapple
A handful of raspberries
Apparently this juice is a favourite of Martina Navratilova. I don’t think it’s going to turn me into a tennis champion but, hey, it tastes nice – in fact, it tastes so nice, this is the second one I’ve had today.
Juice Master’s Lemon/Ginger Zinger
(taken from Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 days Super Juice Diet)
1 inch slice lemon
1/4 inch fresh ginger
Juice the lot and pour over ice.
Just reading the ingredients for this juice makes you feel healthier before you’ve even tasted it. Because it has so many vegetables in it, I was worried it would taste a bit ‘green’ (despite it being red in colour) but I needn’t have worried, it was just as fruity as a normal glass of juice.
Okay, so here’s the bit where I tell you what I left out: 1/2 an inch of broccoli stem (because I didn’t want to buy a whole head of broccoli just to use a bit of stem and didn’t know if I’d be able to use the rest of it up in the next few days) and a small handful of alfalfa sprouts (because I have no sprouts at the moment).
Apart from that though, these are the ingredients as listed in Jason Vale’s 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet book.
2 Golden Delicious apples
a small chunk of carrot
1/2 stick celery
1 large handful of mixed greens – watercress, kale, parsley, spinach and whatever other green leafy veg are available (I used spinach and parsley)
1 inch slice cucumber
1/4 inch slice unpeeled raw beetroot
1/4 inch slice courgette
1 small piece of lemon
1/4 inch slice ginger
Juice all the ingredients and pour over ice.
I’d been doing well making my fresh juice every day, then I contracted shingles and, just when I needed fresh juice more than ever, I didn’t have the energy to make any. Or, more to the point, I didn’t have the energy to muster up the motivation to make juice and then clean up the juicer afterwards.
But, now I’m better, I’m back on the juice and this morning’s one was Jason Vale’s Super Juice, taken from his 7lbs in 7 Days Super Juice Diet book (not that I’ve done the 7 day thing; I just like the juice recipes in it).
In Jason’s original recipe, he adds 1/4 ripe avocado, 10z of fresh wheatgrass, 1 level tsp of spirulina and 1 capsule of acidophilus bacteria powder and although I have spirulina, there’s no way I’m adding a teaspoon of it to anything as that would absolutely ming. ‘Ming’ is also the only word that comes to mind when I think of avocados so I left that out too and I’ve got to admit the wheatgrass and the acido-thingy doesn’t sound appetising either. Without these extras though, it’s delicious and surprisingly creamy and filling. Add the avocado if you like it though as they are super-healthy (and I’m aware I’m us avocado-haters are in the minority).
Jason Vale’s Super Juice
1/2 lime – peeled
2 Golden Delicious apples
1/4 medium cucumber
Juice everything and pour over ice.
If you’re using the avocado, spirulina powder, etc., add these to the juice with the ice cubes, then blend.
Wow, is it really almost four years since I did Jason Vale’s 3 Day Detox? (If you want to read my posts from then, here’s day 1, day 2, day 3 and the conclusion.) Although after doing the challenge (I prefer the word ‘challenge’ to ‘detox’), I had said I was going to have a juice for breakfast and lunch, then have a normal dinner but, yeah, that didn’t quite happen.
Recently though, I’ve noticed friends on Facebook have been juicing and posting photos of their creations. This inspired me to dust off my juicer and give juicing another go, especially as I’ve been feeling a bit of a fat bloater lately.
I’m not following a plan or even following any recipes (although I am taking inspiration for combinations from Jason Vale’s Juicemaster Keeping It Simple book, which contains over 100 recipes for juices and smoothies.
Over the last few days, I’ve been having a smoothie or juice for breakfast (no change there then), then a juice for lunch. My fridge is currently bursting with spinach (chuck in a handful to each smoothie or juice – you won’t taste it), celery, apples, pineapple, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cucumber and ginger.
This morning’s smoothie was spinach, raspberry, strawberry and soya milk, and lunch was spinach, celery, apple, ginger and pineapple. Delicious.
I’ve been trying to wean myself off hot chocolate but after I’ve had my lunch, I always want something a bit more exciting to drink than water, so I dug out my juicer and have been juicing again.
Today’s juice was:
2 Golden Delicious apples
1” slice of lemon
1” slice of ginger
1” slice of fennel
Chuck it all in your juicer and juice!
I use the Philips HR1861 Juicer which is easy to clean and you can put whole apples down the chute (unless they’re really big).
I thought I’d feel something going three days without proper food. But, nothing, or at least not much, anyway. No tiredness, no energy loss, no hunger (except when it was getting up to dinnertime, but who doesn’t?), no headaches, no stomach upsets and no more grumpiness than usual. I didn’t miss chewing food and I didn’t have any mega-cravings for crisps or chocolate or any other junk, but maybe 3 days isn’t long enough for me to waiver? I did cop out of the 7 day plan, after all.
I came out the other end 3lbs lighter, with a flatter stomach and I might be imagining it, but my teeth look whiter, too.
Although the detox ended yesterday, I didn’t want to jump straight back into eating loads and put the weight back on immediately, so this morning I had a blueberry and blackberry smoothie with soya milk and for lunch I had the Popeye Power juice which is in the kids’ section of Juice Master Keeping It Simple and contains spinach, apple, pineapple, lemon and ice and as you can’t taste the spinach in it, it would be a good way of getting kids to eat something green and nasty other than bogies. Dinner will be tofu and stir-fried vegetables with Basmati rice.
I’m going to hopefully incorporate juicing into my lifestyle, not just because it’d be a waste of the £66 I spent on a juicer, but because I love smoothies for breakfast anyway (I’m not a fan of solid food first thing, so smoothies are perfect for me) and the juices are lovely (except for the ones with avocado), filling and nutritious enough for lunch.
Do I recommend it? Definitely.