I’m big on health challenges. It’s a sure fire way to get me going in the right direction. I had huge success last year with my family’s gluten-free, sugar-free eating challenge. It started off as a fun bet, but by the end we all realized how much better we felt when we reduced gluten. Big lesson. And it lasted long enough to get us all to drop some bad habits and replace them with better ones.
There’s a new eating challenge I’ve just started this week, and you can join in too. And I kicked it off by finally getting on board with the whole juicing trend. This is what started the whole thing – meet my new favourite appliance:
This is the Moulinex Infiny Press. It’s a masticating juicer, also called a slow juicer. This is important because it extracts more juice and preserves more of the healthy vitamins and enzymes that you need. And it’s quiet, so you’re not waking up the entire house when you’re making your little morning sunshine in a glass. This one has a few fun features – like a second filter to make smoothies, coulis, and sauces. And three feeding chutes, so you can juice a lot of fruits and vegetables in a hurry. This is a feature I love, since I can be a little impatient.
I also love it because it looks great on my counter. Shallow, I know, but true.
And I have to tell you I have been loving my new juicing habit. I’ve been using my mom’s garden veggies, which is AWESOME. I always feel energized after drinking a glass, and it makes me happy to find an easy way to fit in a few more vegetables into my diet, which can sometimes be a struggle. And I love knowing that I’ll be boosting my immune system heading into flu season. I’ve found a few shortcuts to reduce the time juicing can take, which I’ll share with you below.
The unit comes apart for cleanup pretty easily, and the parts usually only need a quick rinse. The only issue is with the filter screen, especially if you’ve been juicing things with a lot of fibre. It can get clogged, and you need to spend a few minutes with a brush getting the pulp out. This is well worth it in my opinion to get a big dose of fruits and veggies into your diet.
And this brings me back to our new healthy eating challenge. I’ve jumped on board the Moulinex Get Cooking Challenge, and you should too! They’ve made everything easy for you. Sign up and you’ll receive a weekly healthy meal plan, complete with recipes and a shopping list. And it will help you save money, because no food is wasted since you’re reusing leftovers and ingredients throughout the week. They are estimating you can save up to $400 in one month by cooking at home and avoiding waste – who wouldn’t love that extra cash?
The recipes are developed by Marilyn Dennis food expert Abbey Sharp, and I am loving them so far. They’re simple, tasty and clean – the way I really love to eat. They’ve done a great job giving you the information you need in an easy-to-follow format. And if you’re like me – easy is really important. Here’s a sample of the meal plan so you can get an idea.
You can sign up here, and I recommend it. Eat healthier, save money, and have someone else figure all this out for you – that’s the kind of health challenge I love!
Here’s the recipe for the juice in these photos. And don’t forget to check out my juicing tips and tricks below.
Dani’s Fav Red Juice
makes 1 glass
Handful of mint
Squeeze of lemon
Juicing Tips and Tricks
1. Wash and prep fruits and veggies for 2 days at a time, leaving the 2nd days batch in the salad spinner in the fridge if you have the room. That way, on the 2nd day, you can get straight to juicing.
2. When you take the juicer apart, there will be pulp left around the auger. Don’t throw this away! Freeze it in small batches to use in soups or stews to add even more veggies to your recipe. I often add these to my pooches food to give him some of the health bonuses too.
3. Try adding something green to your mix. Cucumbers, celery, and even salad greens are mild enough to mix with fruit, and give you some “green” energy.
4. If you want to increase the amount of veggies in your juice, add some lemon to “brighten” the flavour. I find lemon really makes vegetables pleasant to drink.
5. My go-to flavour boosters for juice are ginger, mint, and lemon. These three can make practically any mix taste great!
6. My favourite basic recipe is:
2-3 green veggies + 1 apple + mint + lemon. This is super healthy, and always tastes fresh.
I was provided with a Moulinex Infiny Press juicer for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own.