Juice Justification

So as you may have read, I recently tried my first juice.

The one I tried included spinach, celery, cucumber, and kiwi – maybe a few other things. My husband’s had mango, grapefruit, orange, apple, lime, and mint in it.

To be honest, I was sort of nervous to try it. I was nervous it would taste like a weird veggie combo, and it would taste too healthy to drink. Equally I was terrified it would make me sick – I have a very weird stomach and the slightest changes to my diet can put me in a lot of pain.

But I’ve heard about how delicious juices are, and all the health benefits of juicing. I also felt like trying something new – because it was beautiful out, I was on a walk with my husband, and why shouldn’t I? Why did I need to get the same old thing?

Anyway, we tried them.

The employees added veggie and fruit after veggie and fruit – and a slow trickle of juice came out. The machine separated out the waste – although this seemed magical to me because how did the machine know what to keep and what not to? In went peels and cores and butts of veggies and out cake juice.

The machine was loud but it was fast. Soon we had our drinks in hand.

What did we think?

Well neither of us split it out – both of us actually thought they were pretty yummy. The person who prepared them for us was very patient with me. I asked a million questions and stared over the counter watching her every move.

The juicer itself seemed VERY intense. I was impressed by how many fruits and veggies went in to each – it really justified the pricing.

The employee told us that the juices would probably keep us full for about an hour. She also told us that juice cleanses normally include enough protein in them that people stay full throughout the day.

My juice separated almost immediately – although my husband’s did not. I’m not sure why this was, and despite my best mixing effort, it didn’t go back to its original consistency. The struggle.

The added bonus of this adventure was that we got to try out a really cute shop – Quench Juice in Scituate, Massachusetts. They are located in the harbor, and sell local various pieces of work by local artists.

Overall, we’re not investing in a juicer – but grabbing a juice might be a healthy alternative for us instead of a quick Dunkins pit stop. Especially now that juiceries are popping up everywhere.

If you’re exploring juicing at home, you might want to check the Juicing Calculator to see just how healthy your drink is. I think we’ve all fallen in to that trap of thinking we’re making a healthy smoothie when we’re really just drinking sugar.

Overall, I’ll definitely try it again, but this won’t become my daily routine.

Just Juice

Have you ever tried juicing?

I haven’t. I’ve heard a lot about it, read about the health benefits, seen all the trendy new storefronts opening up – but I’ve never tried it.

Is it a meal replacement? A supplement? A treat? Overall I have some confusion.

As usual, I turned to my pal Google. There are thousands of results – a lot claiming that juicing is the best way to get the vitamins your body needs. Some claim:

  • better skin
  • better hair
  • stable digestion
  • more energy

while other sites share recipes or offer cleanses.

My husband and I have gotten in to a potentially unhealthy habit – whenever we’re out running errands we get ourselves a treat. This is normally a coffee or a tea, but occasionally extends to a treat like a donut or a sugary bar. We normally bring water with us, so we don’t need to stop for that. I think more out of habit than need, we like to take a break from the to do list and grab something for us – hence the coffee stops despite having two cups already at home. So what’s the alternative?

Maybe a juice?

Since I’m not investing in a juicer, I am going to explore a little juicery that I’ve been noticing on the South Shore.

We are both going to try a new treat from Quench Juicery.

As a caveat to this next adventure, I’ll add that I don’t think a one-and-done mentality applies here. Obviously to feel and notice true differences you need to try something routinely. This adventure is just for taste and feel. From there, well have a sense of whether or not we want to try it again or commit to it as part of our regular diet.

I’ll let you know how it goes.