Many of my past clients have lamented how long it takes to make their morning green juice, citing times of 30 minutes to an hour in some cases. Eeek! Well, I'm not sure what's going on there, as mine takes 15 minutes from fridge to clean up, so I felt it high time to share with you exactly what I do in my own kitchen every day in the hope that you can pick up some pointers for your own green juice routine.
Ready to get efficient and healthy? Let's get juicy!
STEP 1: What I have to hand before I get the produce out:
1) Sharp knife and chopping board
2) Large plastic bowl
3) Champion juicer with one bowl for catching juice and one for catching pulp
4) Vita-Mix blender
5) 3 large drinking glasses
STEP 2: The produce
Most days I drink the same juice or with just a little variation as I know what works for me. To this end I pull out of the fridge:
1 long cucumber
1 whole head of celery
1 bag baby spinach (220g)
Then from the counter top I get:
Once I have everything together I then get my big bowl at the ready and here goes!
- I pour the spinach from the bag into the bowl and give it a quick wash under the tap. I drain the water then return to the counter where I:
- Top and tail the cucumber, give it a good rinse, cut it in half and then cut each half into tall quarters. Then pop all eight pieces into the bowl along with the spinach.
- Top and tail the whole head of celery give it a quick rinse and then add all the stalks to the bowl.
- Half my lemon, put one half to one side and cut the remaining half in half (so I have two quarters) and throw in the bowl.
- Ditto with the lime
- Quarter the apple and add to the bowl.
- Top and tail the pineapple, cut in half, keep one half and put the other back in the fridge. Then slice round the sides to remove all the skin, cut into strips and add to the bowl.
With all this done (5 mins) I take my big bowl to the juicer and then get juicing. I don't worry about what order everything goes in, I just make sure it all goes in and when the bowl gets full I pour the juice into my Vita-Mix jug (and blender will do) and carry on until everything is juiced.
Once complete I add to the blender jug the following:
1 large tablespoon of fresh bee pollen
2 large tablespoons of E3Live
1 large tablespoon of a green powder
Then I whizz it all up together for 10 seconds, pour into my three glasses and voila! All done on the prepping front.
While I sip on one glass of juice I start the quick washing up process. It is SO much easier to wash your juicer and blender right after using so I either have a small bowl of hot soapy water ready to go or use a fast running tap to hold all my Champion pieces under and a cloth to help get any residue out or off. I can literally have the whole thing rinsed within one minute, and just as often I will give it a quick "dust off" over the compost bin and put all the parts in my dishwasher. I do the same with my knife, board and bowls and they're all good to go within another minute. And as for my blender jug, either a quick rinse in the soapy water followed by a fast cold rinse, a slot in the dishwasher if that's my route of choice, or otherwise the classic "fill it up with hot water and a squirt of washing up liquid and blend" for 30 seconds, then rinse - job done!
Accidental Top Tip: Every cloud has a silver lining... I once broke a champion juicer by dropping it onto my drive way while getting it out of my car. While on the one hand I was mortified at my loss (they're not cheap and I love mine to bits), the big and unexpected payoff was that when I bought a replacement soon after I realised I now had TWO sets of attachments. What this means now is that when one set goes in the dishwasher the other set can take its place on the juicer, meaning that I never again have that situation of waiting for my first set to be washed or dried! (My tip to you is: Don't feel the need to break your juicer, just order in a set of spare parts from your juicer supplier which you can get quickly and easily for way less than the cost of a new juicer!). I kid you not, this extra set has come in handy so many times it's definitely been a silver lining.
So there you have it. The whole 15 minute juicer story minus the fate of the other two glasses!
So glass number one is drunk right away, and sometimes so is glass number two if I've been working out or are especially hungry or thirsty. The remaining glass/es get put in the fridge for later, meaning that I can have a glass before my lunch or dinner later that day, so a second juicing round is not often necessary.
So that's me. I hope you picked up some tips there for your own routine, saving time and energy and making your juicer story a happy ever after one - just as it should be.
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