adventures in juicing

make your own juice by kojodesigns

make your own juice by kojodesignsI’ve always maintained that, if I could only eat from one food group for the rest of forever, I’d choose Fruit. I love fruit. Could live on fruit (well, mostly). And in the last couple of years, I’ve become quite smitten with veggies as well.

Unfortunately, the Smooches share my love of fruit, but definitely not of veggies (especially anything green and leafy).

carrot orange spinach juiceSo we’ve jumped on board with the make your own juice craze. And, I have to tell you, I sure do love our juicer (given to us for FREE, I might add, from a family friend who saw my juicing questions on Facebook and had one that he wasn’t using).

kale carrot spinach juice baseI would pretty much drink the same juice combo every single time- kale, spinach, cucumber, carrots and half an orange.

My kids, however, are a bit more discerning.

make your own juice with a juicerThe good news about their ‘more refined palettes’ is that we get to try all different combinations of fruits and vegetables (mostly ones I’d never try).

Some of our favorites so far-

make your own juiceCarrot Apple Kiwi, Pineapple Kiwi, Cucumber Spinach Kale Orange (honestly, I drink this one almost every day), Tangerine Pineapple Carrot…

our favorite juice combinations at kojodesigns…Carrot Apple Blackberry, Kiwi Blackberry Spinach, Cucumber Kale Kiwi Orange, Orange Spinach Carrot are a few more of our favorites.

IMG_3413 make your own juiceA few things I love about making our own juice in the juicer- we add at least one vegetable to every batch of juice we make and I love all of the veggie nutrients that my kids are getting. They were a bit nervous about anything green at the beginning, but have really broadened their choices in the last few weeks (love that).

I also love the way it ensures that I am getting some spinach-y, kale-y nutrients every day. I am a big salad eater, but am not crazy about the taste of spinach nor kale (don’t get me wrong, I still eat both, but they just aren’t my favorite).

different juice combinationsTwo other perks- I think the juice makes me feel full for a long time. I know that there aren’t many calories in there (even when I add half a bunch of spinach, a handful of kale, a few giant carrots and half an orange), but it is satisfying stuff. Not like a cupcake binge satisfying, but also without the cupcake binge sugar rush headache. I also am loving the effects of the juice on my skin- it’s the dead of winter and my face isn’t nearly as parched as it usually is in January.

make your own juice with a juicerThe only drawbacks I’ve found are that the juicer is a little time consuming (and messy) to clean (maybe 5-8 minutes each time?) and that I know that actually eating all of those veggies would be better for us than running them through the juicer. However, since the clean up is worth it to me and since we weren’t eating all of those veggies (especially Burke and Piper Jane), the drawbacks don’t really have much of a case. Like I said, I’m kind of in love with our juicer.

What about you? Do any of you have a juicer (or want to get one)? What are your favorite (and least favorite) things about making juice? Any fruit/veggie combos we should be sure to try?