As some of you may remember from the Vanilla Creme Cookie Challenege, a few months ago I embarked on three month, no chocolate fast. I didn’t mention that at the same time, I decided not to drink any soda or carbonated drinks as well. During those months, I started drinking lots of juice – cran-apple, lemonade, Kool-Aid, etc. One problem with this new habit is that these drinks, while not all syrupy and bubbly like soda, still are laden with sugars and aren’t really that healthy for you.
Enter the Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer Express. This juicer is a perfect way to have natural, fresh juices in the comfort of your own home every morninmg. It is very easy to use, simply throw pieces of fruits or veggies down the chute (you can cut them down to size if needed,) then press them through the filter/blades using the “pusher.” The juice comes out of the spout and into your cup. This is best for single-servings because I (unfortunately) learned the hard way that if the edge of your extra large cup is too high, it closes the spout, making all the juice collect inside the juicer until it could potentially overflow. I should mention that they caution about this in the directions, I was just so excited to make the juice that I didn’t read the instructions thoroughly. I recommend that you learn from my mistake and take the time to read all instructions.
In terms of power and operation, one tester said, “It looks like it has the power of a machine that requires a permit, but is so easy to use, it could be a child’s toy*” (*But please do not give this to your child as a toy. It is a juicer, not a toy!) Another tester felt that it was like having a “mini-juicing factory – union, machinery, workers & all – in the comfort of your kitchen.” Sometimes the juicer shakes a bit as it’s pulverizing your fruit, but fortunately, it is sturdily built and has a metal locking bar to keep the top on, ensuring that pieces of fruit don’t go flying across your kitchen.
The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Express comes with a recipe book with several suggested fruit juice recipes and even some soup, side, and dessert recipes that use various other fruit and veggie pulps. My fellow testers and I tried out three different fruit juice recipes. The ‘Sweet Surprise’ got rave reviews while the ‘Lemon Lime Zip’ and the ‘Juicy Adrenaline Rush’ fell victim to some not-ripe-enough fruit. One thing to remember is that since these juices are all-natural and freshly made, all of the flavor comes directly from the ingredients you add. Since you’re not adding extra sugar, it won’t be as sweet as artificially flavored drinks, but they will be much, much healthier.
The juicer is also very easy to clean. The base can be wiped down with a cloth or sponge – since it has a motor, we don’t want to get it too wet. The other parts can be washed in warm, soapy water or put into the dishwasher (but they recommend cleaning the pusher by hand.) It takes a little time to wash the filter/blade because the holes are very small, and it’s a little harder to get some of the fruit “debris” out of them. I used a plastic bag in the pulp collector, as they recommended, so that was super easy to clean. Tie bag up and toss into trash can.
In addition to supporting your own healthy lifestyle, purchasing the new Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Express will help others as well. Proceeds from sales of the juicer will go directly to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance to help “raise awareness and education the public about ovarian cancer.”
It’s really hard not to justify having a juicer in your own home. The benefits of having fresh and natural fruit juice can’t be debated. It’s also an easy way to get some of the daily recommended fruits and vegetable servings, which I’ll admit I have been unable to consistently adhere to so far. And in addition to the healthy diet, you’ll also be getting good “karma points” since you’ll be supporting the OCNA cause.
The WCatDD Jack LaLanne Power Juicer Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive: One Jack LaLanne’s Power Juicer Express, a ~$100 value!
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