To juice or not to juice…
The clamour to look good and feel better has always impacted what we eat and drink. Low fat this and fat-free that were once the way forward, but in recent times we have been introjuiced to another way. With brands such as SaVse on the market, promising everything from detoxing to nutrition in one gulp, it’s easy to see the link between inner health and outer beauty.
Juicing fruit and blending veggies offer the benefits of eating a lot of both and getting your five a day, with very little drawbacks. Well. Unless cleaning is a drawback. (It is.)
Sure, fresh fruit means more natural sugars and is definitely worse for teeth (here be the dental background in me coming to the fore), but the benefits to the body probably trump having less-than pearly whites.
So after a little too much turkey and wine last December, Laura persuaded me to get a juicer earlier this year to help our post-festive period diet get underway.
So when Currys invited me to get juicing at their event last month, I was more than happy to give it a whirl.
We started out with nutritionist Stephanie Morgan from Raw & Juicy giving us a presentation and run-down of the difference between juicing and blending.
In a nutshell:
Blending does what it says on the tin and blends the ingredients together with no waste. There’s more preparation time involved but the result is a nutritionally superior product you can replace for a meal.
Juicing removes all the fibre from whichever fruit you’re using and gives you a lighter, pick-me-up juice boost. These don’t leave you feeling full, but do give stacks of energy.
After that introduction, Cocktail Service got their groove on and gave us a demonstration of their favourite mocktails. If you have ever juiced before then you will know the longer you leave your freshly juiced er, juice, then it begins to separate and look a little bit like vomit on syrup.
Finally it was time for a health and safety briefing (who knew you shouldn’t stick your hand in a moving blade?!), getting into teams of three to share a fruit station, and for some experimenting with the pre-selected fruits and veggies sat waiting. And here is where the night took a twist for the worse.
Enter bananas and beetroot. They are my kryptonite. I’d rather go hungry than let those two particular food items pass my lips (with the exception of a well-known fast food chain’s milkshake). However, as we were following a recipe, I had to use them. Bleurgh.
As Laura and I are already well versed in juicing and blending, the biggest challenge of the night was not getting food and juice all over my white shirt.
The best part of the night was testing out the juicers and the blenders. I’m a bit of a gadget-geek, and I was keen to see how the Philips brand stacked up against ours. The verdict? Rather well.
Even though there were five or six of each going at the same time, there was never any need to shout over the sound of whirring blades to be heard. The blades were super sharp and efficient and could handle a lot of hard foods in a quick period of time. Neither are at the cheaper end of the market, but both are definitely up there in terms of value for money.
So there you have it.
Be creative and put something together to suit your tastes. Here’s a six out of ten recommended juice:
1 small cube root ginger
2 large rings of pineapple
Oh. And for those looking for a money saving alternative: Pret sell juice shots for a pretty penny. These are really simple ingredients, such as apple and ginger, and provide a few gulps’ worth of energy in the morning. If you find yourself shelling out on juice, definitely do the maths and see if a juicer could work out cheaper.