I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and my brain is mush. Said stress has sent me down a path of destructive emotional eating. Five-dollar Hot-N-Ready pizza with donuts? Yay! Packaged brownies and Flamin’ Hots? Sure! I normally don’t eat this way and the guilt that sets in shortly after the temporary satisfaction is starting to wear on me. Jaxon is a curious eater and demands everything that I put into my mouth. I feel that if I’m not comfortable sharing directly or through my milk, then I really shouldn’t be eating it. :-/ I need to be an example for both of my boys.
One of the things I am needing to do is consume more fruits and vegetables. I recently received a new Juicer and Blender (blender review later) to help me do this. I am aware of the importance of chewing and eating entire fruits and veggies, but juicing and blending smoothies make it a little easier to enjoy in larger quantities when I’ve had my share of chewing.
The Juicer I received is the Fusion Juicer. It’s a cute little juicer that features a whisper-quiet motor and parts that are pretty easy to clean. I will add that I have yet to find a juicer basket that’s doesn’t take a little effort to clean. It’s just one of those things you can’t avoid. Be prepared to do a little spraying and brushing immediately after using. The other parts, though, are a breeze to clean.
Back to the motor. It’s impressively quiet. It’s great being able to whip up some juice in the middle of the night without causing a ruckus. The motor however is 3,600-RPM, making it gentle on the ears, but a tad slower in performance. You can’t be too rough with this machine because it may clog. This juicer operates a little differently than others on the market. You can’t just have at it and throw everything in all willy nilly. So be sure to read the instruction booklet as there are some recommendations on how to prep fruits and vegetables for juicing.
I got some pretty great pulp and a delicious juice from the Fusion Juicer. Ever had asparagus, cucumber, grape juice? Mmmm mmm. I let Jaxon try some of the pulp. I know he only ate it because of the grapes, which he can’t get enough of. I’m saving the rest of the pulp to add to meatballs (inspired by Jennae) and muffins; hadn’t made those in a while.
I’m looking forward to making more delicious juices with the Fusion Juicer. I have my taste buds set on some fresh blueberry juice. The Fusion can be found at Walmart for $110… a little on the higher end for an entry level juicer. That in mind, I’d recommend it for someone who juices maybe once or twice a week. I won’t comment on longevity since it’s still fairly new, but it makes great juice without being a nuisance. I’ll be sure to report back after I’ve put it to work. :-)
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