Everywhere you look… there is a blog post about new juice cleanses, juice bars opening and juice deliveries. Everyone is talking about juicing in this town. There are so many companies and bars selling juice now, I think I lost track! There is Be-Juiced, Pure Swell, Punch Detox, Genie Juice and every time I go into Pure Fitness I pass a wide selection of Nood Food drinks. It has become such a hype, that Pret a Manger carries smoothies – including a special green vegetable one!
I like the idea of eating more fruit and vegetables every day – but I do actually eat a lot of fruit anyway. I can easily munch my way through one banana, two apples, a bag of grapes or cherries and then have some apricots, peaches or mandarins (depending what is in season) for after dinner. But I struggle to eat enough vegetables – especially with all my beloved noodle soup lunches!
So when I had read about the health benefits of juicing – as opposed to making a fruit smoothy that’s rich in cream or milk – I became intrigued. But it was not until I read this blog post by Joy the Baker that I finally got my act together and investigate the different options in Hong Kong. Buying vegetable juices is not an option, not if you want to spend around 55 HKD per bottle (that’s more than I would pay for a lunch – which often includes a coffee/tee besides the main dish!).
Clearly I needed a slow juicer system – there are cheap offers on Groupon every now and then, but I invested in an expensive Omega Juicer from Sogo. I’ve had it since January 2013 and I’ve had a fresh juice on 4-5 days every week. It is a bit of a hassle, but with some planning and preparing vegetables in batches, it is doable. In fact, it is so doable that I had to increase my production – Patrick asked for a regular supply too!
While I do like a mix of juices, Patrick only wants green ones – even though he says he hates celery. But that’s one of my main ingredients! I always use celery and cucumber in green juices, because it’s difficult to find Western-style spinach and kale without paying a fortune (and some of the Chinese vegetables can have quite a bitter taste).
So without any particular order, here are my three favourite juicing recipes that I’ve used over the last 18 months:
Green juice 1
5-6 celery sticks
1 green apple
1 juice pear
1 lemon (if the kiwis and pear are sour, only use 1/2 lemon)
Green juice 2
2 handful of spinach
5-6 celery sticks
2 handful of sweet green grapes
1 beet root