Thursday, September 5, 2013

Juicing Madness

When Betty does things, she does them Big Time.  

Want to take a little evening stroll?  OK, let’s go five miles full tilt and then take just a little run up that hill.  

Got a yen to craft?  Decoupage, you say?  Well, OK!  I’ve got a gallon of Glitter Modge-Podge here. Let’s see what we can do with five hundred sheets of multi-colored tissue paper, the front door, and this collection of cat hair I keep right here in the cookie jar beside my bed.

Some tiny-minded people call Betty a crazed maniac. 

I prefer the term passionate enthusiast.

These tendencies to go into overdrive are built into my personality and always there, smoldering, ready to burst into flame given the right conditions and nothing sets them aflame like the lighter fluid of an audio visual aid.

Thus, after I watched the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead about a man whose poor health habits and obesity were turned around by a regimen of juicing, naturally I had to go online, obsessively research juicers, buy a huge one and start juicing everything in sight.

(Did I have poor eating habits or was I obese, you ask?  Well, no….  Why did I need a big honking expensive juicer?  Why am I now spending all my spare time standing in the produce aisle grabbing up root vegetables and buying giant bags of organic carrots? Do you need to go back and read the first few paragraphs of this post?  Well, do you?)

I know, I know. Juicing takes away the valuable fiber of the vegetables, there is a lot of sugar in them there carrots and apples, the human body can’t absorb all those nutrients in a short amount of time. 

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.  Step back, non-believers!

In fact, Betty wrote this post while being high on her juicy, juice, juice concoction and there was very little interference from the buzzing in my ears or the narrowing of my optical field.

It’s so much fun to go to the market now and select fruits and vegetables based on how much juice they will produce and what color will come dripping out of the spout of the juicer.  Beets are my absolute favorite.  Yowza!  Purple!  Pretty!  (Clap!  Clap!)

Here are some of my other favorites:

Yellow Beets!!!  (Who knew?)

Rainbow Chard! 
(I SO want to have a baby girl now, just so I can name her Rainbow Chard!)

Here are the ingredients for my current Juice Madness specialty:
Rainbow Chard
Ginger Root
Purple Beets
Orange Beets

I like to juice just before I go to work, so on Sunday night I form a one-person factory-worker/mass-production/Henry Ford assembly line and bag up five Ziplocs full of veggies, so I can just grab and juice in the mornings. 

Yeah, Baby!

I have been experimenting with making crackers out of the pulp.

So far, not so good, but I'll keep you up-to-date!

Hope you all have a great day!


My Mind's Eye said...

WooHoo Bossy Bette Beeting..that might be another entire blog.

My parent's had a home health aid who was a big juicer too. I say kudos to her she actually had my dad drinking several of her concoctions once or twice a week. You have a good organized system for doing it too.

Does BB put any of her beloved peanut butter in any of her juicing experiments?
Hugs madi and mom

Pearl said...

My parents did this for a couple years. Honestly, I miss their goofy insistence that I have some...

Crocheting madly -- until I take up felting -- in Minneapolis,


Brian said...

Yep, a lot of that juicy stuff happens here!

Leah J. Utas said...

Ooooohhhh tasty.

Jean | said...

Betty, my husband used to make juice for us every morning for a few years, but he kind of got out of it this past year. It got to be a bit much for him. But YOU, my dear, had a grand idea with those five bags! I've just emailed him a link to this post. Thank you!

Sally Wessely said...

Ok, ok, you and my sister are doing this juicing thing. I just bought an expensive VitaMix, so I don't think my husband is going for a juicer anytime soon.

I do like the combinations you put together. I love your prepackaging. You are one organized woman.

I made a yummy smoothie today: mango, orange, peach, water, 2 dates, and ice. Very good. It was also quite sweet. In fact, I think it was too sweet for me.

Out on the prairie said...

Sounds good. There are white beets also. Beets fed the Roman legions in mass.

jenny_o said...

Wow. Just wow.

Can you come to my house and organize my life like you've organized those juice kits? I'll make up the spare bed. You can bring your cats and dog, too. We are a welcoming and hairy household. See you soon!!

Ann said...

If you're going to do something you may as well give it everything you've got :)
I had no idea there were other colors of beets besides purple

Ms. A said...

I need a flame and some right conditions. I used to be gung ho, but it's been a long while.

Gigi said...

I also prefer the term "passionate enthusiast." And I admire your organizational skills - but I'm going to pass - I don't think juicing is for me.

Lin said...

I'm sorta like that too--I really get into whatever I'm into at the moment.

No thanks on the juicing. Can't I just eat my veggies? I do so enjoy them steamed or raw. I even bought some pickled beets the other day---YUM!

Nancy C said...

Errr, I hope the cracker comment was a joke. Pulp crackers are just wrong Betty.

Anonymous said...

Shooting up is so mainstream. Let's juice! Rainbow Chard is also an excellent name for a fish. I like Rainbow Chard Onay, myself, gnuk gnuk gnuk

Hilary said...

That looks like fun, actually.. but I love eating veggies. I won't knock it until I try it though.. and I might just.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know someone else who is on a juicing craze right now. I bet you go through a lot of produce.

Olga said...

This post gave me a really good laugh. My niece once posted on FB, "You know you are crafting too much when your three year old holds up an empty M&M bag and asks, 'what can we make out of this?'"

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I make fruit smoothies all the time but I just can't do the veggie thing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Betty - wonderful looking photos and accompanying story - I love juices .. and that idea of bagging up for the week ..

Be prepared - boy are you that!!

Using the fibre I found a right pain .. so gave up in the end ... also gave up juicing .. just eat lots of veg and fruits ... but if you offer me a juice I'll take it ..

Beetroot is delicious ... enjoy your juicing .. Cheers Hilary

Connie said...

I'm not sure I'd like the taste of some of your concoctions, but the colors sure are pretty! :-)

Joanna Jenkins said...

My friend juices and loved it. I've tried it a few time and am still on the fence with it-- but there are definitely a few drinks that I could get addicted to-- like anything with beets! Love it.
Bon Appetite,

Unknown said...

Think I'll just have a V-8 ;o)

Unknown said...

Really a great thanks to give us a important suggestion. Thnaks for the reply.

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

Yup juicing can get you hooked. My daughter has started it too. I prefer to chew. I love anything raw from the ground that's good for me.
Jucing seems like too much work.

Baby Sister said...

I've always been intrigued by juicing, but I've never really tried it. One of these days...

Pat Tillett said...

I love juice and smoothies. If the juice is cold I can choke down just about anything. A little bit of apple goes a long way to making it taste a bit better.

Anonymous said...

Hi Betty,

Just checking in. How are you doing?

Julier said...

I have used the pulp to thicken soup or to mix with ground meat for a meatloaf or meatballs. I have thought of using the pulp to make breads, muffins or cakes. Like a zucchini+ bread or carrot cake. I hate to let anything go to waste. Especially if it's full of vitamins and minerals. I thought people would think I'm crazy for freezing the pulp to use later.

I love how you plan for the week so you are always ready. If only cleaning the juicer was easier.

Julier said...

Have you thought of using the pulp to make a tasty dip mixed with cream cheese and/or sour cream + spices for cut up veggies. Twice the nutrients! And you get the satisfaction of chewing.