PERSONAL CHALLENGE: GREEN JUICE FAIL
A lot of my friends have jumped on the juicing bandwagon. They keep telling me that I need to do it as well and apparently just going to Jamba Juice is not enough. They talk about how easy it is. You just throw a bunch of fruits and vegetables into these handy dandy juicing ninja type blenders and presto, nutrition magic.
I am not one to jump onto any bandwagon. In fact, I usually go in the opposite direction or just create my own thing. But when my friends are out running, losing weight, and looking amazing, I can’t help but wonder if there is something to this whole juicing thing. I even asked my acupuncturist and she does it too. It is a great way to make sure that you get all your fruits and vegetables in–though she did stress avoiding the pre-made juices in stores that contained added sugars and preservatives.
So I watched a few videos on making these glowing green juices and thought I would give it a try. I decided to look into the juicing machines mentioned by friends and family. The prices range from $100 up to $500–not in my budget right now. But I have a magic bullet so I will just use that.
Then I went to Ralph’s and bought the “greens”–kale, spinach, celery, broccoli, and romaine lettuce. As for fruit, I bought an apple, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. In hindsight, I probably should have bought a banana. Oh well.
So I went home, dug out my magic bullet, and the experiment began.
Now, when working with a magic bullet, you are basically doing one glass at a time but I figured I would do two so I could have some for later. I put even amounts of each of the greens into each cup until the cup was full. I put the blade top on, put it on the magic bullet and…nothing. Crap, I forgot to add water. I corrected my mistake, put the blade top back on and about half of the greens were chopped up. It was a green, chunky, watery mess. (I did the second cup as well and achieved the same result).
But I wasn’t giving up. I convinced myself it would get better once I added in the fruit. So that is what I did. Again, I put equal amounts of each fruit into the cups, attached the blade top and watched as the color changed from a bright green to baby poop green. I let it blend for about a minute or so until it looked somewhat like the consistency of a Jamba Juice.
I kept telling myself as I poured one of the concoctions into a glass that things usually taste better than they look. It was still a little chunky. I am guessing that this doesn’t happen with the more expensive juice blenders but this is what I had so it would have to suffice for now.
So I took my first sip, which tasted like a liquid salad with little bits of lettuce getting stuck in my mouth. It was an interesting taste, not a preferable one. However, I am bound and determined to finish every drop in my glass, even if I wince a bit after each swallow. I survived 5 years of teaching high school, I can drink this green chunky beverage before me. I can do this. I won’t waste this food. And at least for now, I won’t even think about the other drink that I made that must be consumed as well, perhaps tomorrow.
As for my future with juicing, I think I am going to stick to eating my greens in salad form and continue my patronage at Jamba Juice.