Juice it UP

I mentioned the other day that I was the lucky recipient of a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer.  

Juicing is an awesome way to get a variety of fruits and veggies into your diet.  Some other benefits include:

*Juicing helps your body to absorb all the nutrients from the veggies.  Think about it, the juicing process sort of pre-digests the veggies, so your body uses less energy trying to get the nutrients.*

*Juicing helps you eat enough servings of veggies.  You can pack quite a few vegetables in a tall glass of juice, rather than try to cram them all in a salad.  And think of how long it takes to eat those veggies, compared to a quick glass of juice.*

*Variety!  Juicing is a fun way to play with different combinations of veggies, using your favorite fruits and veggies to mask the flavor of healthy, yet not so tasty vegetables.*

I am so excited to incorporate juicing into my (almost) daily life.

Ingredients ready!
We're running a little low on produce.  Shane and I don't get paid till the 10th, wah!  So I made due and got ready for my first juice!

The color of the juices are so vibrant as they flow out!
Not so pretty all combined.  But oh so delicious.
We need more counter space!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed using my new juicer.  

There is not really prep for the produce, except for washing since it basically fit.  I just had to rip off leaves of romaine and roll them into a ball.  And I cut the apple in half since it was a little wide.  It's pretty awesome that I could leave the seeds in the apples, and when I use grapes I can leave on the stems!

Washing the juicer took less than 10 minutes, and I'm sure as I get more accustomed to assembling/taking it apart, it will be even quicker.

Although the Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, boasts 30% less pulp, I still had a good amount of pulp in the container, which is a good thing.  No complaints here!  I put it in the fridge and then tossed it with my salads this week for lunch.  No waste!
It's not loud, so I think I could juice in the morning.  After I hit the supermarket and actually have produce to juice, I'll let you know ;)

Quick Shred update.
Monday: Rest- I was so sore from yoga/ Level 2.  
Tuesday: AM- 2 miles on treadmill, made my legs feel so much better and loosened up my muscles  PM- Level 2 Shred

Level 2 is kicking my butt!  In level 1 I didn't really break a sweat.  No more of that.  I get home at 6:30 work out, and was super sweaty when I went to pick up Shane at 7.  Yes, I skipped the cool down, threw on a hoodie and ran out like a hot mess. 

It's almost hump day.  Thank goodness because it has been crazy busy in my classroom this past week!


  1. OHH I just got a juicer too and I'm dying to use it! Post your favorite recipes since I have none.
    Keep up the good work...you should just go straight to the level 3! I looooove love love that one!

    In case you've got some free time on Sat, my gym is having an open house day with a bunch of free classes all day! It's like a spa day but for working out... I'll be there!



  2. Is it bad that I often skip The Shred's cooldown? Probably... :p

  3. Larinna- I just checked out the website and they have Bosu?!? I haven't done it since college, it's hands down my fave class ever! I'll probs be there to check it out, thanks!

    Amy- Jillian's cool down is pretty basic, I don't think we have anything to worry about! Last night I walked to my car, walking is a cool down too ;)

  4. Appliances are taking over my counter as well. I don't need add'l counter space...I need a 2nd kitchen!

    I skip Jillian's cool down as well...by then I'm tired of her.

  5. MMM fresh squeezed juice is awesome! Enjoy!

  6. Yay for juicers! I desperately need to invest in one!