Generally speaking, I’m not a big fan of juices. Fruit juices are obviously way too sugary, but even vegetable juices seem problematic – the very idea of using so little of the vegetable, leaving behind all the goodness of the fiber and pulp, it just seems wasteful. Drinking our calories is also usually not as satisfying as eating the same amount of calories, so I usually stick with water (a lemon or lime wedge makes them tasty) or unsweetened herbal tea.
Having said that, I must confess that this morning, after my workout, I drank an amazingly delicious, refreshing, energizing juice – a green juice made from fresh spinach, an apple, fresh mint leaves and a little lemon juice. It was so good in fact, that I’ve declared it an exception to my “do not drink your calories” rule, and although I won’t make it every day, I think it will be great as a little weekend indulgence after my workout.
I made the juice with the NutriPro juicer,* a powerful cold press juicer. According to the manufacturer, the no-blade, cold-press technology minimizes produce oxidation, so more nutrients and enzymes are preserved. The manufacturer also says that the NutriPro Juicer gets more juice from certain fruits and vegetables than other juicers, that it’s quiet (true), easy to clean (hmm.. not THAT easy) and dishwasher safe.
Bottom line: I enjoyed my green juice very much, and despite some prior reservations, plan to keep the NutriPro on my countertop for easy access. I can’t wait for next week’s green juice!
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