I was recently sent a Philips Juicer to try out, and was extremely excited as juicing is something I have wanted to try for such a long time but I have never invested in one as I thought they would be very messy and take a lot of time to make juice, when I could just pop to the shop and buy a bottle of juice.
How wrong I was. I opened up the box, and took out the juicer which was already put together so no constructing which I thought was great. The juicer comes with quick and easy instructions, and I literally had to plug it in, pop in my fruit and out came a yummy and healthy large glass of juice. I experimented with full pieces of fruit and vegetables as well as chopping them up, and both ways worked perfectly – which meant even less time and hassle. The juicer also comes with a jug which has a special lid on it that you can pop under the spout of the juicer and so every last drop goes straight into the jug and then you can pour your concoction into a glass.
When it came to cleaning my juicer, Philips have made it super easy, every part of the juicer comes apart and you can wash them all separately or together. In fact, even the left over parts of the fruit all go into one part of the juicer, and I could easily take a spoon and scoop it out into the bin. It has certainly changed my thoughts about juicing that is for sure.
Philips have recently collaborated with The Body Coach, Joe Wicks and I was sent some amazing recipes to try out which he designed. The recipes Joe has come up with are low on sugar, and have many health benefits, compared to the ones on your supermarket shelves which are full of sugar and not a lot else.
Below, Joe has answered 7 questions to give you the Truth about Juice…
1: Juices are full of sugar and bad for your teeth – “There are, let’s face it, cheap concentrated juice drinks packed with sugar that have been sitting on supermarket shelves for months, in addition to high levels of sugars, during the bottling process heat, and other types of processing of fruit and vegetables can lead to 15-35% reduction in Vitamin C after treatment. By juicing at home you can avoid other ‘fruit’ juices on the market that have little or no health benefits, plus home juicing makes it easier to include more vegetables in your diet, which reduces the sugar content of the juice.”
2: Juicing is expensive for me to do at home – “This couldn’t be further from the truth. You just need to change some habits and instead of shopping for guilty snacks, make space in your kitchen for healthy food. You can also head down to your local market or greengrocers to pick up fresh, in season fruit and vegetables to save some extra pennies. At the end of the week, you can also use up leftovers that may be over ripe for eating, but ideal for juicing – lettuce is great for summer juices and carrots are perfect in winter.”
3: Juicing is good for a quick fix/rapid weight loss – “No, no, no! Ditch this now! People get bored, they give up, and any lost weight returns with a vengeance. For some with underlying health problems, such as diabetes, this approach can also be dangerous. Juicing has a part to play in our modern busy lifestyles, as it’s an easy way to give your body a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. Quick fixes and crash diets are pointless and totally unsustainable. For me it’s all about real food, real nutrients and plenty of good fuel for the body.”
4: Blending is better for you than juicing – “Juicing and blending both benefit the body in different ways. Juicing is simply a very efficient way for the body to take in nutrients quickly. Recent research from University College London actually recommends an ‘up to ten a day’ diet of fruit and veg. Now that’s a lot of veggies on your plate, so juicing makes this easier. Studies have also shown that those who have a greater variety of vegetables in their diet also tend to eat a greater quantity of vegetables and have overall better diet quality, so juicing is a great way to start getting greater variety in!”
5: Vegetable juice tastes terrible! – “Taste is personal, and everyone will have their own favourites. Those starting on their juicing adventure, and who aren’t so keen on veggies, can start off with ingredients such as apples, watermelons or carrots to add some initial sweetness.”
6: You lose vital nutrients from fruit and vegetables when you juice – “This is another myth, which needs debunking because it’s stopping people from getting healthy. The UK Department of Health recognises that juice counts towards the recommended Five A Day. That’s because juice retains all of the nutritional value of whole fruit or vegetables, with the exception of fibre. You can increase juice quality by using cold produce and juicing is a great way to add essential vitamins and minerals to your diet, so juice consistently and drink it fresh!”
7: Buying a juicer is expensive – “You don’t need to splash out on a really expensive juicer, there are plenty to choose from out there and Philips have some available from just £40. You’ll soon have your return on investment as home juicing is much cheaper than buying juices from juice bars and health food shops. You can’t put a price on good health!”
I had a go at making some of the recipes recommended by Joe, and my favourites were the Zesty Zinger, Carrot or the Stick, Cool as a Cucumber and Avocad-O-Mega. I am not a huge fruit and vegetables fan, but I really enjoyed these and it is a much easier and quicker way for me to get important nutrients rather than sitting and eating a plate of vegetables for my tea.
Here are some of the recipes by Joe that I made…
1/2 a fennel bulb
1/2 a lemon
Carrot or the Stick
5 celery sticks
Cool as a Cucumber
1/2 a lime
5 mint leaves
5 celery sticks
1 avocado (blended)
1 tsp of flax seed
Each recipe gave me a tall glass full of juice and I think the quantities of ingredients are not as large as I would have imagined goes into juicing.
The Philips Viva Collection Juicer costs £99.99 and is available now.
Would you like to try juicing? Do you already have a juicer? Let me know in the comments below and if you try any of these recipes, please tweet about it using the hashtag #RealJuiceTruths