I love my juicer. Or I should say, "I LOOOOOOOOOOVE MY JUICER!!!!!" because that is how I really feel about it.
Today I made Watermelon Juice and it was a big hit. However, I didn't really mention exactly what was in it. If I did that I knew I wouldn't get many takers. Including the big kid of the family - my husband!
This is how I made our breakfast Watermelon Juice: (Everything went in raw with skins on unless otherwise noted.)
Watermelon (Several large slices - remove rind)
2 handfuls of chopped up organic Kale*
1 1/2 small organic Zucchini
1 large organic Cucumber
1/2 organic Bell Pepper (orange)
2 large stalks of organic Celery and 2 small (with leaves still on)
4 large organic Carrots
This made enough juice for my husband to take some to work in a large travel mug, the kids each had about 1/2 of a sippy cup worth and I had about 16+ oz over ice. Everyone thought it was pretty yummy! Kale* is a bit hard for us to eat raw since it's very strong in flavor so we are only using a bit of it at first to ease into it. It's very good for you though so I try to add it into all of my juices, but if I put too much it overpowers it and no one drinks it, including me. Trader Joe's finally has a prepackaged, washed and chopped up bag of raw organic kale so this is what I got the other day and I've been really happy with it since I can just reach in and take a handful.
A Note On Using Organics: Since I'm not removing any skins for my juice except for the watermelon rind I like to use as much organic produce as possible to reduce the amount of pesticides and harmful chemicals we're ingesting.
Buying Guide: When buying organic produce I tend to follow the Dirty Dozen list that was put out by EWG (Environmental Working Group) who tested each fruit and veg on the list to see which ones contain the most pesticide residue. You can print out this list and keep it in your purse or wallet so you'll always have it with you at the store or farmers market. According to the EWG website, "You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce."
What is the #1 most contaminated fruit on the list? Apples!
Farmers Markets: It's important to know too that not all produce at the farmers market is organic. To be sure you are buying and paying for organic produce, you need to ask each stand before you buy. I always try to ask the farmer who owns the stand if they are there, or the manager of the stand as they are your best bet in getting an honest answer regarding the produce.
Be sure to buy a rainbow of colors and don't forget your reusable bags!
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