Posts Tagged ‘Juicing’

Day 6! They are growing so fast, and I feel like they look ready for harvest even though I’ve read they take 10 days…what to do, what to do!?

Day 6 sprouties


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Omg, they grew so much last night! I’m shocked!

Day 5

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Over a year ago now, Benji & I ordered both the Easy Green Sprouter and the Green Star 2000 Juicer to start a new healthier lifestyle (remember this and this?). We used the juicer quite a few times initially, juicing mangoes, apples, mulberries and carrots to name a few, but after a number of weeks, the excitement wore off, and the juicer went into hibernation on the kitchen counter…

The sprouter suffered a similar fate. I unsuccessfully attempted to sprout some old broccoli seeds we had kickin’ around and subsequently gave up, and the sprouter has lived since, caked in dust, on top of the laundry cabinets.

I can’t remember exactly what spurred my latest round of enthusiasm, but I finally went ahead and ordered 10lbs of organic wheatgrass seeds online, and when they arrived I was excited to get going!

So I started them on Wednesday (I think) and here’s what they looked like on Day 3

Day 3

Day 4

The Easy Green Sprouter comes with a timer that you can set to mist the sprouts automatically on whatever schedule is appropriate for the crop you’re growing. It really makes it super simple! I think I read that wheatgrass takes about 10 days before the sprouts are ready for juicing. It’s so amazing to watch the sprouts change and grow every day! I can’t wait to try some new varieties for juicing & salads once I get the hang of it!

Will keep you posted!

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You may have guessed by now that all that growing and sprouting was leading to something…JUICING! :) (well…eating too)

not sure why it's so frothy...
not sure why it’s so frothy…

The last penultimate piece of gadgetry (is that a word…I say yes) is our fancy Juicer, the Green Star 2000. Awesome.

Ultimately, we’re hoping to be able to sprout, grow and juice all our own fruit…but in the interim, we just juice whatever decent produce the store has.

Here she is in action with some Granny Smith Apples!

nom nom nom

nom nom nom

The advantage of this type of juicer  (“twin gear”) which crushes the produce much as your own teeth would, as opposed many of the others on the market which basically pulverise the produce and then send it through a centrifuge to remove the juice, is that it retains much more of the nutrition (supposedly). Another great synergistic benefit of this juicer is all the great pulp it churns out! It’s super dry-so you really know you’re getting all the juice out of the produce, and well…that pulps all ends up in Step 4! Read on folks (the suspense is killing you, I know…)

precious pulp!!

precious pulp!!

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So as I mentioned in my last post, I have several on-going efforts to “get healthy”. I should give a little background on where this all started…otherwise I just seem a little crazy…

A few months ago, I read the book Skinny Bitch. Now: not that I’m particularly overweight, but like a lot of women, I’m usually trying to improve my figure; tone up, lose a few… So SB advocates an organic Vegan lifestyle based on 2 main arguments:

1- non-organic food stuffs and meats are loaded up with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and all kinds of crazy, gross stuff that you really wouldn’t want in your body if you knew you were eating it…

2-eating meat is cruel (and gross in theory…no matter how tasty & delicious it may be)

Now-I have always been a carnivore. I love meat (still do)…however, in the back of my mind I’ve always had a moral problem eating the flesh of cute lambs and cows with their long eye-lashes…especially since I would never have the balls to kill them myself. But until now(ish) I have just ignored that moral dilemma and continued to enjoy my steaks and lamb chops…

I should get this...

I should get this...

But upon finishing SB (which took less than 24hrs…really easy read) I was inspired to try the Vegan thing… That lasted about a day! Nassau just does not offer enough (read: any!) vegan options, so that left me with vegetarianism, and that has been much easier…although not without its hiccups.

And during that initial phase of inspiration, my boyfriend and I invested in an awesome sprouter and juicer so that we could get all super healthy, full of fresh fruit and veg and antioxidants and all that other good stuff! And because we would have all kinds of extra organic waste as a result of our new healthy, veggie-full diet, I figured we should get a composter to deal with it! (I got the green one :D …and yes, if you haven’t noticed, we are gadget freaks…)

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