Spring juice cleanse

All (well, two) of the colours of the rainbow.

All (well, two) of the colours of the rainbow.

You guys, guess what? My juicer finally arrived last week! I was just about as excited as you would expect, because I’m a big ol’ nerd when it comes to anything health related. I had a hectic few days so I didn’t get a chance to try it out until Sunday. And, I sure did make up for lost time. As you can see by the photo, I went a bit juice crazy.

If you are looking for a cold press slow-extraction juicer that won’t send you broke, then I highly recommend Kogan’s Cold Press Slow Juicer. It is a fraction of the price of its counterparts and I am seriously impressed with it. It effortlessly chomps through whatever I put it in, is easy to clean and is quiet. I’m glad I ended up going with the Kogan instead of the Champion. While the Champion makes great juice, it is noisy and much harder to push the veggies and fruit through it. It also takes up more of that precious commodity: bench space. To be fair, Mum and Dad’s Champion juicer (the only one I’ve ever used) is going on 15 years now. I guess juicer technology has changed over the last decade or so.

The Kogan juicer produces really dry pulp, which means all of the nutrients are ending up in the juice rather than staying in the pulp. After making four large glasses of juice, I realised that I had a heap of pulp left over. I couldn’t bear to throw all of that goodness out so I’m going to try and recycle it in the form of veggie paddies. I also think it would work well in my green smoothies, and as a base for blended soups and quinoa dishes. It seems like sacrilege to throw it away!

Because I don’t like to just ease into anything (I’m a bit of an all-or-nothing kind of girl), I am going to do a juice cleanse, starting on Sunday. I’ve been gushing over the Orchard Street cleanses for a while but, while they look amazing, I just can’t justify the cost. Now that I’ve got a juicer, I can do a cleanse for a fraction of the price.

I’m not sure how many days I will cleanse for but I’m going to start with at least three and then reassess how I’m feeling. It’s been a while since I have done any sort of cleansing, so I’m excited about giving my body a bit of break and soaking it with nutrients.

If you want to play along at home, here is a rough outline of what I will have each day:

Juice combinations

  • Carrot, celery, beetroot and green apple
  • Silverbeet, kale, celery, lemon, green apple and cucumber
  • Kale, pear, mint and cucumber

Smoothies

  • Baby spinach, banana, pear, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pea protein isolate powder
  • Kale, mixed berries, banana, cacao, hemp seeds and coconut water

Other goodies

  • Filtered water
  • Bentonite clay
  • Coconut oil (for oil pulling)
  • Veggie soups
  • Steamed veggies
  • Probiotics
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice in warm water (to start the day with)

I’ll keep you updated with my progress and next week I will write about the benefits of cleansing.

Laura

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