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My $200 Glass of Juice

It seems I've joined the juicing brigade. Both of my sisters swear to the health benefits of daily fresh juice drinking, and Macy's had a zillion juice-making machines on display--presumably because it's this year's big holiday gift idea. So today I took the plunge.

The Breville juice extractor taking up a lot of my kitchen counter

I couldn't afford the juicer I wanted, and the one I could afford is gigantic. It's going to have to live on the countertop because it won't fit in a cupboard.

A tall glass half full of bright green juice

My first, vividly-green glass of juice consisted of celery, cucumber, green grapes, kale, ginger root, lime, apple, and carrot. It was at once sweet, sharp, piquant and bitter--so much of everything that guzzling it down was preferable to savoring it. Not unpleasant, and fairly refreshing, but more medicinal than actually enjoyable. And way better than my previous attempt with a blender.

I looked in the mirror twenty minutes afterwards and couldn't see any obvious signs of suddenly blooming health. Darn. Maybe by the time the cost is down to $1.50 a glass or so, I'll be all Ms. Liver Cleanse or whatever.

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Nov. 4th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
Keep us posted! I have yet to taste a juice concoction I feel is tolerable (though I've a very picky palate, and don't like most of those ingredients whole either). But I'd really like to find a way to consume healthier greens.
Nov. 4th, 2013 04:27 am (UTC)
That was certainly my motivation. I eat some of these veggies (and of course, all the fruits), but I don't enjoy them enough to get a full measure of them. If juicing lets me swallow the main nutrition and a portion of the fiber of those "three dinner plates full" without all the annoying chewing, then it seems worth the weird flavor.

For what it's worth, drinking the juice down fairly quickly reveals mostly only its sweetness. Something about it passing first, or primarily, over the sweet-receptor part of the tongue, maybe? So the more bitter celery and cruciferous veggies, and the sharp ginger, don't really hit till the last swallow.

I've "eaten" more kale this evening than in the last two weeks.
Nov. 4th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
I've had thoughts about doing this, as (unlike you) I don't actually eat green vegetables. Even if I drink it all down in one go like medicine I assume it would be better than not having them at all but, realistically, unless the gloop is palatable I suspect I would "forget" to do it. So further reports will be welcome!

At least it's a prettier green than the concoction which Rene Russo drinks every morning in The Thomas Crown Affair!
Nov. 4th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
It's not too gloopy, actually: I can easily drink it through a straw. Definitely more pulpy than a bottle of commercial juice, but nothing like the "smoothie" I tried that was not smooth at all.

I never saw the updated Thomas Crown Affair. I saw the original way back when I was too young to appreciate it, but I don't remember Faye Dunaway drinking any smoothies. (In fact, all I really remember is the famous kissing scene with the whirling camera work...)
Nov. 4th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
I strongly recommend the Brosnan Russo Thomas Crown Affair. Although I gather it's heretical to say so, I think it is much better than the original. It's one of my favourite films!
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