Don’t get us wrong, we love the rich food, sugary delights, and creamy drinks of the holiday season (eggnog anyone?), but we find they make us sluggish, and, well, feeling a little rounder than we’d like. Luckily, we have just the antidote to the upcoming excess: a juicing regime that will leave you energized and healthy through the season.
Imagine juicing fresh produce that’s delivered right to your doorstep … sounds a lot easier than hauling the kids to the grocery store, doesn’t it? So SPUD and Hurom Slow Juicer have teamed up to make juicing your way through the rainy season super easy, with an Organic Juicing Club membership that scores you regular produce and a juicer you pay off in bite-size installments. Plus, vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables are plentiful in winter, and combine to make healthy and tasty juices that will put a glow back into your cheeks.
The winter SPUD bins are chock-full of fruits, such as apples, pears, oranges, grapefruits, and lemons, as well as vegetables, including ginger, spinach, carrots, kale and beets. And the good news is that everything is juiceable! Oranges and grapefruits yield the most liquid, but you’ll love the rich flavour and colour of beet and carrot juice.
As for the juicer, it’s easy to set up and while it’s called ‘slow juicing’, the machine is anything but. Slow juicing refers to the low-speed technology that allows the juice to retain the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins, but it only takes a few minutes to have a delicious juice in-hand. Another plus is that little kids love the taste of fresh-squeezed juice, and even a 3-year-old can participate in the juicing process (supervised, of course) by adding fruit chunks to the shoot. The whirring and subsequent stream of colourful juice and the pulpy byproduct transfixed our little one. No-brainer juices for kids are apple and orange, both of which are abundant in the fall and winter SPUD boxes. Parents will enjoy experimenting with various juice combinations, such as this easy and nutritious concoction: juice made from carrot, apple, and ginger. And for an early morning power blast try the kale, cucumber, beet, and parsley blend – a perfect energizer for a sleep-deprived morning (we have kids, we understand). The key is to experiment based on your box contents. But the best thing about holiday juicing? It doesn’t have to end in December. You can carry on into the New Year and beat those January blues with a daily burst of fresh juice. We think this would make a great present under the tree, in case Santa is listening…
SPUD Organic Juicing Club: www.spud.ca/juicing
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