Last week at Monte and Olga’s house, I tasted a green juice that Olga made with their fancy new juicer. It contained spinach, kale, cucumber, celery and other healthy green things, and it tasted surprisingly great! They sent me home with their old juicer and inspired me to try making juice myself, so I made a trip to the supermarket and came home with a variety of fruits and vegetables.
Sunday morning (the most rushed morning of my week) I drank juice that I made the night before. It contained spinach, apples, oranges and a banana. That’s a lot of sugar, but it seems like a better choice than the doughnuts I might have had in prior weeks.
I’ve always been leery of juicing because it feels wasteful. We also miss out on fiber when we juice, and I’m having trouble deciding whether that’s a bad thing or not.
– Do we need the fiber?
– Are we missing other nutrients when we don’t eat the entire piece of produce?
– Would a smoothie (like the ones I made for later today) be a better choice?
I like to chew my food so I’m not planning on doing a juicing fast or anything extreme like that, but this does feel like a good way to consume more fruits and veggies. We’ll see how it works.
Do you juice and/or drink smoothies regularly? If so, do you worry about not eating enough protein? Is there anything else that concerns you when juicing?