My love-hate relationship with Juicing

For years, I’ve been juicing regularly, starting when my children were young. I juiced almost every day and I always made sure we consumed the fresh juice within 5 minutes to maximize its benefits. Since I care only about the nutrition value of the juices, I didn’t really care about how they tasted. I’ve juiced weird vegetables like turnips (bad idea), and I’ve made bad combinations. My children would dread drinking the juices I made and occasionally they would gag while drinking. But as good Asian children that they are, they always finished the juices because wasting food is bad, not to mention wasting mom’s effort in making those horrible juices 😀

In the recent years, I’ve learned to use recipes and my poor kids didn’t have to drink those awful tasting juices I made anymore. In fact, they started asking for juices now because both have started weight training and they started to pay much more attention to their diets. Here are a few recipes that I used frequently:

Apple, celery, kale, cucumber, turmeric, ginger and lemon juice:

2 Green apples
6 Celery stalks
2-3 Handfuls of kale or spinach
1 Cucumber
2-3 inch piece of turmeric and ginger
1 Lemon (I don’t remove the peel of the lemon but you can remove the peel to avoid some bitterness)

Watermelon, blueberries and basil juice (best for summer):

4-5 Cups of cut watermelons
1-2 handful of blueberries
1/2 handful of basil

Carrot, beet and lemon juice:

3 Carrots
2 Small beets
1/2 Lemon

Cilantro, lemon and apple juice:

1 Bunch of cilantro
1/2 or 1 Lemon
2 Green apples

I’ve had several juicers over the years, the Breville, Omega and Nama. The Breville is a centrifugal juicer, although it’s fast and easier to use (you don’t have to cut the vegetables and fruits into smaller pieces), it also produces a high level of oxidation due to heat and air exposure from the rapid spinning. The juice won’t stay fresh for long hence me forcing my kids to drink them immediately after I juiced.

After using my Breville juicer for a few years, I decided to upgrade to an Omega juicer. What a difference it made! Being a masticating juicer, it produced juices that tasted incredibly fresh and packed with nutrients. Plus, I could store the juices in the fridge for a couple of days without losing quality. Unlike centrifugal juicers with fast-spinning blades, the Omega operates by slowly crushing fruits or vegetables with an auger, gently separating the pulp from the juice. The downside is that the fruits and vegetables now have to be cut into much smaller pieces, hence taking more time to prepare.

Last year, I decided to upgrade my juicer yet once again. From Omega to Nama because my Omega juicer began to produce a lot more pulps than before. The Nama juicer is fantastic! Though it is still a masticating juicer, I no longer have to cut the fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces. Another feature I appreciate is how I can dismantle almost every part of the juicer for a thorough cleaning, which wasn’t the case with my older model Omega.

I’ve talked about the LOVE so far, so what do I “hate”? The washing and cleaning of the vegetables, fruits and juicer, of course! It takes time to juice! With my busy schedule, I began to juice less frequent. I used to be a snob when it comes to taking supplements. Even though I am a vegetarian, I felt that I consume enough vitamins, minerals and protein daily, in addition to my juicing routine.

My brother in law started his HumanTonik business 3 years ago. Even though he made quality Supergreen Tonik that he himself consumed daily, I’ve always thought that they were not good enough for me and my children. What can be better than fresh squeezed vegetable juices? Well, but I am juicing much less now. I need to find a good product to replace my juices. I had an opportunity to visit the manufacturing factory last month, I began to realize that maybe taking Supergreen Tonik is not a bad idea. Unlike most of the products out in the market, my brother in law listed every single ingredients and the dosage on his Supergreen Tonik. These formula has been studied and proven effective by the experts.

Guess what I did next? I requested a family discount and joined his customer base. While the Supergreen Tonik tasted just OK, not amazing, I’ll admit – it contains potent ingredients like Olive leaf extract and Bacopa extract, which are naturally bitter but good for you.

I also ordered the Synbio Tonik, which is the prebiotic and probiotic powder the support gut health. Personally, I found the Synbio Tonik tasted much better than the Supergreen Tonik. I’m eagerly anticipating the results of these supplements. Although my yearly physical is just a month away, I’m not expecting any dramatic changes by then, but I’ll certainly post an update. On the other hand, my sister, who has a PhD in Environmental Law, swears by the Synbio Tonik. She’s struggled with gut problems since childhood and noticed significant improvement after using the product. I trust her recommendation because she’s usually very selective about what she endorses, even if it’s her husband’s product. I’m certain my brother-in-law was beaming with pride when my sister, his wife, decided to write a review for him on his official website.

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