Confessions of a Juicer

No, this is not what you think. Ample Bites is a juicer but not like a former athlete who relied upon performance-enhancing drugs to boost performance and build muscle. After using a blender to make healthy and nutritious smoothies for a couple of weeks, I decided to make the leap into world of making and consuming homemade juices. These juices won’t make you “huge” but they are performance enhancers that have been proven to improve health, contribute to longevity, and boost energy levels.

After doing a some research and considering the recommendation of a co-worker of Sandy’s who recently bought a juicer I decided to purchase a fairly basic centrifugal juicer — the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth.

The Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer

This model was inexpensive which allows for a later “upgrade” to another unit, if necessary. The Big Mouth is very simply designed and very easy to use. Because the Big Mouth only has six parts, including the motor base, clean-up only takes a few minutes.

Six, easy to clean parts

The raw fruits and vegetables are fed into an opening on the top of the juicer. Juice is pumped out of the back of the unit into a pint-sized receptacle that can be used as a drinking glass. The pulp is ejected into a large container in the front of the juicer.

Centrifugal juicers like the Big Mouth are good for processing juices from harder fruits and vegetables like apples, celery, carrots. Softer fruits, such as bananas and strawberries, and small-leaved vegetables, like parsley, produce a lot of waste with a lesser percentage of the juice being extracted. There are expensive juicers with slower extraction processes that are more effective with the softer foods but for me the cost premium is difficult to justify.

Most juice recipes are very simple. The recipes typically include four to six fruits and/or vegetables. Certain recipes use water or another liquid to thin the finished juice product. Other recipes include nutritional supplements such as flaxseed.

Juice Ingredients

With the Big Mouth juicer the feeder opening is large enough that very little chopping of the fruits and vegetables is necessary. To operate the Big Mouth there is a simple On-Off switch. Once the ingredients have been processed through the juicer it is usually necessary to stir the juice to thoroughly mix it.

The next step is to drink up and, by all means, share the juice with a friend. Try the two savory juice recipes below

Fresh Peppy Parsley Juice

Peppy Parsley
(Courtesy of The Juice Lady’s Living Food Revolution, Sherrie Calbom)

Serves 1

1 cucumber, peeled
1 carrot, scrubbed well, green tops removed, ends trimmed
1 stalk of celery with leaves
1 handful of parsley
1 kale leaf, with rib removed
1 lemon, peeled

Tomato and Spice
(Courtesy of The Juice Lady’s Living Food Revolution, Sherrie Calbom)

Serves 1

2 medium tomatoes
2 dark green leaves such as kale
2 radishes
1 small handful of parsley
1 lime or lemon peeled
1 jalapeno pepper

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