A couple months ago I became enamored with juicing. It started because I tried these awesome fresh-made juices at my local Farmer’s Market. Then, in an effort to convince George that we needed a juicer, we both watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, which is all about juicing for health. Needless to say, I was even more hooked, and George was still indifferent.
I threw caution to the wind and went ahead and bought a juicer– a Breville multi-speed juice fountain, to be even more exact. But, in true Lauren form, I had all of these concerns pop up right after I ordered. Would I actually use the juicer? Was it too much work? I was terrified that I made the wrong decision and wasted my money on a whim.
Now that we’ve had the juicer for more than three weeks, I feel qualified to answer some of my anxieties with evidence. So if you’re considering buying a juicer, here are my two cents.
Are Juicers messy? Do they require a lot of cleanup?
My short answer is no, the juicer is not messy. I use a bag to catch all of the discarded pulp, which leaves one less piece to clean up. Otherwise, I clean everything almost immediately after making a juice, so it’s still extremely easy to rise with warm, soapy water. I don’t have a dishwasher, and on a recent occasion it took me just over 5 minutes to clean all the pieces of the juicer. It does take up my entire dish rack, which is annoying, but it’s not too much work.
Will I keep up with juicing?
This was one of my biggest questions. Like I said, I’ve had the juicer for over three weeks now. I’d say we make a juice almost daily, about 5 times a week. I never planned to do a juice cleanse or rely on the product to be entire meals, so that’s probably why I’m still keen to keep juicing. I imagine I will keep using the juicer at around this pace, since I’ve enjoyed both making the juice and the final product. I’m really looking forward to the summer when there are more fresh fruits and vegetables to use. I might start using the Breville more!
Is it too expensive to buy a juicer and buy the produce?
For me, the juicer was a big investment. The one I purchased was about $200, although you can find other models and brands for less. I’m still not sure if it was “worth” it, but I’m enjoying eating so many fresh fruits and vegetables.
As for the produce, it is a bit expensive to keep your fridge well-stocked with delicious and fresh ingredients. Since I tend to buy organic products, we’ve seen a small uptick in our grocery spending. However, when I consider that it’s for my health and well being, I think it’s worth it.
Will I still be hungry after a juice?
We tend to juice around lunchtime. Each glass can be quite filling, and I usually drink it on its own. I do find that I’m hungry much faster than if I ate a full meal. That makes sense, considering I only ate a couple pounds of produce, instead of a completely balanced, calorie-dense lunch. To supplement, I try to eat other healthy snacks, and am usually set with another 200-400 calories of protein-packed foods a couple hours after a juice. I don’t know how I would fare on an all-juice diet, since I imagine I’d be too hungry. Or I’d just have to make a new juice every two hours.
Is it too much work to make a juice?
I think it’s actually quite easy to make juice! I bought a pretty decent model that has a large chute for my produce and it’s strong enough to pulverize anything I’ve thrown at it so far. In terms of prepping the produce, most things are fine with a quick rinse and trimming of any rough ends. I cut apples into quarters and throw them in, and toss in halves of cucumbers at a time. The machine itself goes very quickly, and I’d say the whole process is faster than making a salad.
So far I am really pleased with my purchase. I try to use mostly vegetables to keep the juices healthy, but we’ve also made fresh pressed orange juice and sweet concoctions. If you want to give it a try, come on over and I’ll make you a juice!