Semi-annoyed by yesterdays set-back, I managed to gulp down the leftover
juice concoction when I woke up.
Surprisingly filling as well as refreshing, it gave me the motivation I needed to get my ass over to the local indoor swimming pool. I swam enough to make my legs tired and my heart rate increase.
Post workout I was super hungry. I contemplated pizza for lunch due to my non-existent juicer, but I realized that my entire refrigerator was FILLED to the brim with fresh fruits & veggies… so I changed my mind.
Therefore, I came up with a few solutions to my non-juicer problem:
Borrow a juicer from a neighbor. Bring additionals fruits & veggies (that they do not supply) to Safino & Co. and ask them to create the juice in their juicer. Buy pre-squeezed juices from the supermarket.
- Google the differences between a juicer* & a blender.
- Get info on how to use a blender as a juicer.
Apparently, it’s possible to use a blender as a juicer (in my opinion, the juicer is just a convenient tool, so I’m okay with a little more manual labor)! With my chopping board and Chefs knife in hand, I got to work. Jason Vale’s Turbo Express Juice requires chunks of pineapple, cucumber, celery, avocado, 6 apples (which may have been too many) and spinach.
I did a lot of chopping because the program says that this drink should be consumed twice a day for the next two, maybe three days… so I decided to make this drink in bulk so I can do the following:
- Grab it from the fridge like a can of soda (not that I drink soda)
- Avoid additional clean ups in the kitchen (I loathe washing dishes)
Lessons learned from this juicing experience:
- Read the directions.
- I was supposed to put avocado + ice in first, but I threw in apples and they don’t really blend that well on their own
- About the ice, I forgot about it…
- In Italy, ice is not sold at supermarkets, you need to make your own ice in advance!
- And I know what you’re thinking… how’s one supposed to keep the keg cold at a house party?? Still figuring that one out.
- You know the fruit has been blended when it swirls a lot…
- If you run out of room in your blender, pour some into a cup and start drinking.
Sentiments? Although a juicer would be SO much easier to use (the “How-To” video makes them in 5 mins… it took me at least 30 mins), I didn’t mind using the blender, and will continue to use the blender… unless it breaks down on me (seriously, as I was blending the fruit + veggies together I had to stop it and do some manual swirl-age because I was working it too hard LOL).
Juice Verdict? So yummy! Apple was the main flavor but I also tasted the spinach which was really enjoyable! And believe me, I wasn’t expecting that- I subconsciously avoid spinach (unless it’s covered with cheese in a calzone).
Overall? Even though things got a bit messy (sometimes I felt like I was getting slimed with green smoothie on an episode of Nickelodeon), I’m really happy I can continue this program with my blender.
Day 2 is over, onto Day 3!
*In regards to the deconstructed juicer video, maybe I would’ve gotten higher grades in HS if they demonstrated/associated all scientific terms with food ;)