What is a "Slow Juicer?" Slow Juicers are also known as Cold Press or Masticating Juicers.
To know more read this great comparison article.
Why did we choose this type of juicer?
Health: Before I read the article above, I'd been told by a few people that centrifuge juicers produce heat and affect the quality of the vegetables and fruit instantly. We are also doing the I Quit Sugar 8 week program which means that for the first 6 weeks we can't eat fruit, so we are really missing our green smoothies and want to ensure we have an alternative way of getting that extra hit of green goodness everyday!
Budget: We didn't want to end up spending €300+ (AU$460+) on something that was going to be new to our routine. One of our favourite market stalls at the Noordermarkt is the Raw Superfoods stall where Diane is a wealth of knowledge on Raw food (PS - she also sells the most amazing raw chocolate pie/slice, if you're in Amsterdam you must try it).
On her website she recommends different products and the GreenValu was the second cheapest juicer she recommends but it had really good review, so why not? We ended up spending €197 ($300AUD) on our first juicer!
Results: Dianne gave us some quick tips: cut beetroot and carrots into little finger sized pieces, only put one piece of fruit or vegetable in at a time (wait for it to pass the big screw) and don't force anything down with the stick! So we followed all her tips and prepped a colander full of finger sized veggies (still no fruit until week 6 of #IQS program). Strangely, it actually does sound like it's chewing the vegetables! We used both beetroot and black kale (cavolo nero), so our first few juices were really, really dark, but tasty. It's a different taste to get used to without fruit but it's quite refreshing and you instantly feel good just for having it!
I'd really love to hear from my readers! What is your favourite green juice combination?
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