Over the last few weeks we have been trying out juicing. To be honest we’ve never really done much in the way of home juicing before and you know looking back on it, I’m not sure why not as it was remarkably easy to do. For us breakfast seems the perfect time for juicing. This is partly because it’s actually quite difficult to get enough breakfast into H before the school day starts and it’s even more difficult if we have an early start for a trip or a holiday. He seems to need a leisurely start to the morning food-wise and that can make things a bit tricky when timings are tight.
Sometimes getting in those five portions of fruit and vegetables can be tricky and I often look back on my day and realise that I haven’t done so well. Sometimes I’ve been trying to use up left overs or I’ve eaten on the go and haven’t managed to fit it all in. Juicing is a way round this problem and it’s a great way to make sure you are introducing some variety into your diet. Philips kindly sent us their new Avance Centrifugal Juicer and provided us with the ingredients we needed to make lots of healthy juices. This juicer features the patented FiberBoost technology which is based on a unique sieve and a powerful motor which works at a constant speed. They work together to allow up to an extra 50% extra fibre into your juice.
My favourite juice so far is this one which is made from either nectarines or peaches, pineapple and lemon. It’s a great blend as the lemon juice takes the edge off the sweetness and means that you get a nicely balanced juice packed through with goodness. It’s quite easy to prepare too a you can put in fairly large chucks of fruit and vegetables and you don’t need to peel (except for thicker, harder skins). We’ve found it much easier to make sure we are getting our 5 a day because it has been so easy to juice and because a drink tends to go down much quicker than toast or cereal for a slow or reluctant breakfaster. If you are in search of inspiration there’s the Philips Healthy Drinks app which has a great range of recipes and even lets you plan your shopping.
With any food preparation, kitchen machine, the key test for whether you continue to use is, for me at least, is how easy it is to clean. If it’s too hard or fidley it will end up gathering dust in the cupboard. It’s actually really easy to clean the Philips Avance Centrifugal Juicer because it has QuickClean technology. After juicing you can use the pre-clean function (which just involves pouring some water in and turning on the juicer) and I found that rinsed away any leftovers from the sieve and the lid. All the fruit and vegetable pulp is collected in one place and it’s easy to dispose of it because of that. There are no spiky blades (it uses grater blades) and this means there is less chance of sticking, plus the cleaning process is safer too.
I can see us using our juicer a lot throughout the year and not just at breakfast too (I’ve found a juice perfect for keeping me going during the afternoon if I am eating later that usual, if say I am meeting up with friends in the evening). It copes so well with a range of fruit and vegetables and we’ve felt healthier for getting more fruit and vegetables into our diet.