Who knew that carrot, celery and kale juice could actually taste good?! Kale juice!
After watching the 2010 documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead," my wife enthusiastically plugged in her Jack LaLanne Power Juicer and got down to juicing.
The first concoction to come through the spout of the countertop machine was a thin, dark-green beverage that looked anything but appetizing. It contained spinach, cucumber, kale and apple. I braced myself for the first sip.
Now, I've never been shy about trying new foods, but having been raised on meat and potatoes I was more than a little skeptical as the first vegetable-garden whiff hit my nose. Skepticism turned to surprise when the green drink was actually quite good!
Beth has continued to try new recipes, with mixed results. The orange juice is absolutely marvelous, while our attempt at a spicy V-8 knockoff was less than satisfying. (That recipe called for beets, which overpowered the tomatoes, celery and everything else in the glass).
My wife is now a week into her "juicing cleanse" and she's considering extending it beyond the initial 10-day period. I've dabbled in the experiment, but have yet to commit myself fully to juicing.
If this new eating plan has taught us anything, it's that the stuff we normally put into our systems is far too heavy on the fat, salt, sugar and carbs and that making the switch to something completely natural and healthy is completely within reach.