It’s no secret around here that I love smoothies. I received a VitaMix for Christmas in 2013 and I think I used it 300 out of the 365 days of the year in 2014! It was a great addition to my kitchen.
So far 2015 is set to be the year of the juicer!
I received a Juicepresso Cold Press Juicer to review a few months ago. To be honest, it sat in the box for a while because I was a little intimidated to start juicing and had heard stories about how cumbersome juicers are to operate and clean.
My fears were unfounded. Not only have all the juices I’ve created so far been delicious, the Juicepresso Juicer is incredibly simple to operate and clean. It comes in three main pieces…the motor, the drum and the screw. You also receive two pitchers, a cleaning brush and a pusher to help get the juicing materials down the hopper.
It took me all of two minutes to figure out how to assemble. And it’s all dishwasher safe (minus the motor). The screw is Juicepresso’s best feature and it houses three important juicing features in one instead of requiring multiple parts. When you’re done juicing you just pull it out of the drum, give it a rinse and stick it in the dishwasher.
The motor is also a distinguishing fact. Other cold press juicers operate at 80 RPM but the Juicepresso operates a slow 40 RPM. Your juicing time is actually the same but fruits and vegetables are pressed slower. This leads to about 40% more juice.
I was BEYOND thrilled when my first juicing attempt to recreate my favorite $10 juice from a local cafe turned out as a complete success.
I juiced ginger, apples, cucumbers, kale and lemons for a very green, slightly spicy and tasty combo. And I saved so much money by juicing and making this at home instead of paying $10 for it. I can justify $3-$4 here and there for a latte from a coffee shop but it seriously pains me to spend $8-$10 on juices and smoothies.
I’ve also done a carrot-based juice with carrots, ginger, oranges and grapefruits.
You might be wondering if I’ve abandoned smoothies? NO! I still love smoothies and I’m a big advocate of “eating the whole fruit/veggie” instead of leaving the pulp behind but sometimes I want something a little lighter than a smoothie. I usually make my smoothies into meals. They’re pretty high-calorie affairs after I add in peanut butter, dates, greek yogurt and all the other goodies. Juicing is perfect for when I want a healthy snack or something to go on the side of a big bowl of oatmeal.
I can’t wait to play around more with my juicer. I’d love to hear about your favorite juicing combinations.
And Juicepresso has a special offer for Peanut Butter Runner readers…$100 off your purchase of a juicer. Like the VitaMix, juicers are an investment but if you consider the money you save versus buying them in the store…they quickly pay for themselves.
*Note, this is an affiliate link but I am super excited about this partnership with Juicepresso and continuing my mission to spread the love of green drinks to everyone! 🙂