get your juice on:)

Last night we attended a family picnic for Jonathan’s work.  While it was quite fun mingling with all of his friends and co-workers, I think the caterers had a goal to see how anti vegan/vegetarian they could possibly be.  Thumbs down to that:(

Let’s see, I’m picturing the buffet table as I walked down it, searching for a suitable option: some kind of red meat (I tried not to look), grilled chicken, white hamburger buns, potato chips, cheesy potato salad, and my saving grace – a plate of onions, pickles, tomatoes and lettuce.  I went with a bun stacked with lettuce, tomato, onion and two pickle spears.  The pickle spears made it kind of weird.  I decided to spare you by not taking a picture.

When I got home I had some Newman’s Own popcorn sprinkled with seasoned salt and paprika as a little snack.

This morning Jon, Olive and I went for a fast paced 20 minute walk.  I am really sore from piyo yesterday, so we decided to take it easy.  Tonight is power yoga at the gym – I’m looking so forward to it!  Two cheers for having yoga in my life now!

Breakfast was the usual, except my green monster and I had a little date in the flower bed.

It is incredible how fast weeds grow in a flower bed!  We just spent hours on end weeding about 2 weeks ago, and they’re already sprouting back up.  I dominated them this morning.  Don’t mess with me.

Moving on.

It’s review time!  But first, let’s talk about juice.

I first started juicing after hearing about it from Kris Carr.  I saw an interview in which she talked about how juicing is one of the biggest weapons in her battle against cancer. After researching a little more into it, I found out that “freshly juiced vegetables give your body an instant boost of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals in a form that [your] body can easily assimilate, absorb and digest.”  Who doesn’t want that?  Also, according to that same website, Energise for Life, “…juicing allows us to add so many more vegetables to our daily diet, and to up the amount of raw food we consume giving the body energy and boosting the immune system and the body’s cleansing process.”  If there is one thing I need it’s energy, and I love the feeling of knowing I’m filling my body with one of the purest forms of nutrition that I can.

I first started experimenting with fresh juices by buying them any time I went to Whole Foods, which was rare….and expensive.  I decided that I needed a way to make my own juice, but I drug my feet for a long time because I couldn’t afford the expensive juicers that I’d seen advertised.  Then my sister-in-law came through for me big time.  She found this Waring Pro juicer at Target and bought it for me for Christmas.  Score.

I was skeptical at first, but couldn’t wait to get home and try it out.  It has worked beautifully!

The Waring Pro Juice Extractor is made from plastic and stainless steel, which is great because it looks nice sitting on your countertop, but it is also dishwashe safe.  To use it, you simply cup up the fruits and vegetables you want to juice into pieces that will fit inside the chute on the top.  I usually have to cut an apple into about four pieces, whereas a large, whole carrot will fit without any cutting at all.  No peeling necessary.  Once your produce is prepared, you simply push it down the chute and out comes fresh, pure juice into the stainless steel cup shown above.  Yes, it’s that simple!

While the greatest downside to juicers is usually the cleanup, this one is a breeze in my opinion.  First of all, like I said it is dishwasher safe; however, I usually wash mine by hand because I don’t run my dishwasher everyday, and I don’t want to be without my juicer!  There are five parts to be washed including the cup.  All but one of these parts really only requires a quick rinsing of the pulp….very easy and quick!  One of the five pieces is a metal part inside that separates the pulp from the juice, and it requires a quick scrub, but still nothing too labor intensive.  It usually takes me about 3-5 minutes to take it apart and clean it all up from start to finish.  Totally worth it if you ask me!

I really cannot think of a downside to this product.  It has worked perfectly for me since I got it about six months ago, and I absolutely love having fresh juice right at my fingertips.

I believe the other day I mentioned that this juicer was $40, but since then I realized that my sister-in-law bought it on sale.  The regular retail price at Target is $59.99 I believe.  Compared to the hundreds of dollars that some juicers can cost, it’s a steal!  And by the way, it also comes with a pamphlet of juicing recipes and combinations!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments or shoot me an email.

I have my first meeting with a guy that I’ll be tutoring in English (as a second language) here in about an hour, so I have to run.  I’m excited about it, but also a little nervous so wish me luck!  Be back later:)

I have not been asked by the company to review this product.  I simply love it and wanted to inform my readers of an inexpensive way to have fresh juice anytime.

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