I’ve been called a lot of things, but “a healthy eater” isn’t really one of them. It was one of the reasons why I slipped so comfortably into my role here on the dine team covering “popular eats” like pizza, burgers, barbecue, etc. Those had been a few of my favorite things for years.
In my house, my wife is definitely the more health conscious of the two of us, and being married to a food critic that covers the beat that I’ve been covering for the last few years doesn’t make things easier for her. I’m professionally obligated to tempt her on a daily basis.
She has never been one to try all of the hot new diets or fads, so when I came home one night to a shiny new Breville Juice Fountain in my kitchen, I was a little taken aback. It wasn’t like her to go for what I thought of as a gimmicky diet fad. But, it turns out, I was wrong.
While I’d been out of town, she had watched the documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, which follows Joe Cross, an Australian who comes to America for a 60-day juice fast to counteract a lifetime of dietary abuse. I did a little scoffing, and eventually learned to sleep through the whirring of the juicer at 7 AM every morning. The inside of my fridge is now a rain forest, overflowing with huge bunches of kale.
But I finally got around to watching the film, and I highly recommend it…it may be a bit eye opening, and possibly terrifying. You can watch it for free on Hulu here. Rather than get into the merits of juicing, I’ll let Mr. Cross fill you in.
Of course, many of the best tasting juices are all fruit, but those are also all highly caloric and packed with natural sugars, so don’t go around thinking you are being all healthy just because you are drinking 5,000 calories of orange juice every day. And some of the more low-calorie, nutrient-rich juices taste like absolute death, so there you have to find a happy medium between the two.
The Mean Green is a juice highly featured in the film, and one that I’ve really come to enjoy. It is a good mix of healthy and flavorful, and I actually look forward to drinking the stuff now.
The Mean Green (from Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead)
6 Kale Leaves
4 Celery Stalks
2 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon (i put a whole lemon in instead of 1/2)
1 piece of ginger (i usually put about 1.5 inches of ginger root in)
Though I know I’d drop an easy 15lbs if I went head first into a 10-day juice fast, I have not been able to work out exactly how I can go 10 days without eating food and keep my job here at the AJC.
Has anyone else gotten into juicing? Do tell!