Day 2 – I’m a Juicehead
After a rigorous session with Laurie at Soul-Cycle Tribeca this morning, I came home a little dehydrated and craving something refreshing/energizing. Lesson #1 – give the body what it wants (as long as it’s healthy i.e. not cake or bacon fat). I decided to give my best pal the Breville Elite Juice Fountain Plus a whirl. I bought it last year at Bed Bath & Beyond, after researching a number of juicers. It was $299, but I had a 20% off coupon which saved me about $60. I think it’s the best one at this price range. It only has four separate parts making it easy to clean, and extracts a high percent of juice leaving the pulp relatively dry. Plus it’s fast and not terribly loud. It also comes with a handy cleaning brush that has a flat handle to help clean out leftover pulp.
The juice collector (the piece that unfortunately looks like a stainless steel bedpan) is where the blade sits and the juice comes out. Because it’s die-cast, it’s one whole piece with no hidden nooks/crannies. Other brands had multiple parts, plastic pieces, and crevices around the blade area which can make it difficult to clean, increasing chances of bacteria developing.
With this model, all you do is rinse it out immediately after using, and take a soft sponge with soap and water to areas that need it. Use the Breville provided brush on the filter basket and you’re good to go! And put a plastic bag in the pulp container so it’s one less thing to clean. You can compost the leftover pulp and peels or see if your local greenmarket has a community compost. The Union Square Greenmarket has a compost collection Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat from 8am-5pm. Check out www.lessecologycenter.org to learn more about composting options.
Here’s what I made today… I’ll call it The Juicehead in honor of the worst show on TV that I can’t stop watching. GTL.
1 organic grapefruit
1-2 organic oranges (2 if you want it sweeter, 1 if you want it more tart)
3 organic carrots
1 small stem of organic ginger (about 1″ long)
Directions: Peel grapefruit & orange(s). Using a knife slice off the peel from each end of the fruit. Then stand the fruit up on one end and run the nice down vertically from top to bottom and work your way around the fruit until all peel is removed. Watch the segment below if you need a visual. Just block out the guy’s voice because it’s kind of annoying.
Directions continued: Clean carrots well. Chop ends from carrots. Juice according to manufacturer’s instructions.