Almost 5 years ago Sarah and I watched the documentary Food Matters. You’ve probably heard us both talk about this film a lot but it opened our eyes to a new dimension of health. We had both grown up believing that our health is completely pre-determined, hearing things like “Oh, it’s genetic, these things are out of our control” or “It’s hereditary”; almost as if we didn’t even have a choice! Well after watching the film those myths were totally blown out of the water – nutrition plays a huge role, and genes play a very small one.
A big takeaway was the power of juicing, and the ability to extract the vitamins and minerals from the fiber to make them more readily available and easy for your body to absorb. Obviously we need fiber in our diet, but that’s also why we use our blender to make green smoothies and eat a salad pretty much every day.
We love to juice
In fact, we juice every single morning. If we don’t have time or forgot to get the ingredients the day before we’ll grab one at the store.
We started juicing, Sarah and I weren’t living together at the time, so she made juice every day in her Juiceman Juicer, and I made juice a few times a week in my Jack LaLanne Power Juicer. These juicers were okay for starting out. They are pretty dang affordable, but you certainly get what you pay for…
Sarah was able to use hers for about six months before the motor died.
Lucky for her, I moved into her apartment and we were both able to use my juicer for another 6 months – but then mine stopped working too!
The same week it went out we had just finished watching Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (perfect, right?) so of course we ordered the Breville Juice Fountain Plus from Amazon.com.
Breville Juice Fountain Plus
This is a great juicer. It’s super nice looking, easy to clean, affordable, high juice yield and fast.
These juicers (including the Juiceman & Jack LaLanne) are considered ‘centrifugal’ juicers. They have a sharp blade inside that spins super fast, which tears apart the plants and helps separate the juice from the fiber.
Because the juicing process is so intense, with the fast spinning blade, the juice oxidizes really quickly and has a really short shelf life (only 15 min!). Many experts also believe the living enzymes are lost as well in this type of juicer.
If you juice every day, or plan to, this may not be the one for you. (check out the masticating option below)
This may, however, be the right juicer for you if you juice 2-3 times/week, you want to drink it right away, and you aren’t a stickler about max nutrients.
If you plan on purchasing the Breville Juice Fountain Plus, please consider purchasing through our Affiliate Link Here and giving us credit for your referral:)
The Breville was a great option for us at the time, as we were pretty tight on finances. However, because we juice every day the yield starting getting smaller and smaller. The motor didn’t go out like our first two, but the quality got worse and worse.
We had it for 1 1/2 years, and the next Christmas that rolled around we pooled together a ‘New Juicer Fund’ that we put some Amazon Christmas dollars towards:)
That’s when we got this baby…
Omega 8006 Nutrition Center
This is an amazing juicer! It has a nice clean look, has a filter that’s simple to clean, is really efficient, doesn’t jamb, and has a great juice yield as well.
This one is considered a ‘masticating’ juicer, meaning it squeezes the juice out, rather than shredding it like the ‘centrifugal’ style juicers. It’s a much gentler process that allows the juice to be refrigerator for up to 72 hours with almost perfect nutrients and flavor as the ‘day of’.
If you juice every day like us, this is the juicer for you. It will last forever (okay, at least a LONG time :) and even comes with a standard 15 year warranty!
If you plan on purchasing the Omega 8006 Nutrition Center, please consider purchasing through our Affiliate Link Here and giving us credit for your referral:)
*Please note that these prices may change on Amazon from time to time. If they change, please let us know in the comments and we’ll give you our advice for which machine to buy and get the best deal.
Our Top 5 Juice Recipes
Now, if you’ve already got your juicer picked out, you’re probably in need of some good juice recipes too, right? Right now we’ve got a free bundle of our Top 5 Juice Recipes available for download here.
When we first started out, we needed recipes too, but never did we get access to a sweet little guide like this one;). These are our favorites and make them all. the. time! Enjoy:)