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Make natural juices to suit all tastes!

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Have you ever tried super fresh apple juice? The difference between a store-bought apple juice and a fresh one is like watching a real sunset or seeing it in a photo.

For a couple of years I worked in a small cafe in the center of Barcelona. Among other things they offered fresh juices (at prices that seemed exorbitant to me). So, some of the things I valued about this job were the endless coffees, milkshakes and juices that I had (for free!) 

The memory of these fresh, cold pressed juices has come to mind more than once since I left this job years ago – wondering whether it’s worth buying your own cold press juicer or not.

yellow juice

Is it worth buying a slow juicer?

Here’s my thought process while I weighed up the pros and cons of a cold press juicer: 

– Pro: how rich natural juices are, they are worlds apart from those that can be bought.

– Con: You lose a lot of fibre from the fruit, by extracting only the juice.

– Pro: Slow or cold press juicers retain many enzymes and vitamins in the produce. If we buy juices, the fibre is also lost, only we don’t see it. Making juice at home also reduces the use of plastic packaging that some store bought juices come in.

– Con: The amount of sugar found in juices is very high – even in natural, fresh ones.

– Pro: but if I have a natural juice instead of a chocolate chip cookie for dessert, it sure is much better.

-Con:  Will you really have a juice instead of a dessert? Come on, I know you, you’ll have the cookie and the juice as a dessert.

– Pro: If I mix fruits AND vegetables in the juice, I reduce the amount of natural sugars and it might get the children to consume more vegetables!

– Con: Do you really want another appliance in the kitchen?

– Pro: In addition to juices, we can also make vegetable milks, sorbets and nut butters! That gives it added value!

– Con: Who is going to clean the juicer?

– Pro: Well, it’s actually very easy to clean and all the pieces can be put in the dishwasher!

Tray with cold pressed juices

Take it slow, baby!

After I convinced myself a slow juicer is worth buying, I started to find out what cold press juicers were on the market and at what price, and I discovered the BioChef Atlas Pro Whole Slow Juicer. This is a whole slow juicer which extracts the juice slowly, at low revolutions (cold-pressed juices) which keeps the fruit and vegetable enzymes intact giving a greater amount of nutrients and vitamins than other type of juicing machines that have a high RPM. 

Tray with an array of fruits and veggies in all colors of the rainbow

What do we juice?

We have had the juicer in the kitchen for a few weeks and are trying to use it a lot, although there’s a few recipes we haven’t tried yet (vegetable milks, sorbets when it is a little hotter, nut butters…). Mostly we have been making juices. And I assure you that the highlight of my day is now my daily juice. 

The truth is that putting vegetables in children’s juices has not really worked, in general they detect it and they are not convinced, but at least I get to enjoy green, red and yellow juices that taste great and make me feel good (sometimes after the chocolate cookie and sometimes instead of the chocolate cookie ;).

I don’t like to waste the pulp of the fruit and vegetables which comes out of the juicer, although it is very dry and there is no liquid left, it is sad to throw away a good part of the fruit and vegetables. We will try to use the pulp in vegetable burgers or things like that.

Keep it easy!

Something that I love about the juicer is how easy it is to clean, especially if you clean it right after use. Just flush some water through it and that’s it. And every so often I put all the parts in the top shelf of the dishwasher – they are dishwasher safe!

And now, the recipes!

juicer and fresh fruit in yellow tones

Yellow

  • ¼ pineapple, peeled 
  • 1 organic orange, ⅔ peeled 
  • 1 cm fresh turmeric 
  • pinch of black pepper 
  • flesh of 1 mango 
  • 1 piece of pumpkin, peeled
pink juice pouring out of juicer

Pink

  • 1/4 beetroot
  • 1 blood orange, peeled 
  • Seeds of 1/2 a pomegranate 
  • 1cm fresh ginger, peeled 
  • 1 grapefruit, peeled 
  • 1 carrot 
  • 2 leaves of purple kale (optional)
adding spinach to juicer

Green

  • 1 apple 
  • 1 organic orange, ⅔ peeled 
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves 
  • 1 handful of fresh mint leaves 
  • 1 Kiwi 
  • a celery stalk (about 15cm).
Green juice

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