My name is Emily, and this is my story…
Just over a month ago a large box appeared on my doorstep. I brought the box into my home and immediately cleared a space on my kitchen counter. I opened the box, and removed a gorgeous new Bella NutriPro Juicer. Within the day I had cleaned all the parts and reassembled the pieces. I scoured my fridge anxious to make my first glass. But I didn’t know what I was doing, so I waited, and Bella taunted me with it’s pretty stainless steel.
I read the manual and recipe booklets twice. I learned why the bladeless technology was so important when it came to juicing. I realized I had a very sophisticated machine on my counter. The bladeless, cold-pressed technology would soon be producing better tasting juice with more nutrient than it’s bladed counterparts. Suddenly, mastication and cold-pressed found their way into my vocabulary. I needed to learn all I could about the beautiful machine that was the newest addition to our home. I was bound and determined after years (yes, years) of wanting a juicer to make sure this appliance would never accumulate any dust in my home. The fact that it was dishwasher safe and very easy to clean allowed me to be confident I could do this.
Finally the moment came, my first glass of fresh cold-pressed juice. As soon as I turned on my Bella NutriPro my son came over with his stool wanting to see what was going on. When he saw the vegetables disappear and come out with the most brilliant colors filling the pitcher up, he was begging for a glass! He wasn’t the only one who dying to try the juicy goodness. But I made a promise to myself. Before I would ever enjoy a glass, I would finish cleaning my machine. I knew that if I didn’t do it right away, it wouldn’t happen. To my complete and happy surprise, clean up took no more than 5 minutes from start to finish. I can find 5 minutes 1-2 times daily.
My very first taste was moments away, and I couldn’t have been more nervous. What if I didn’t like it? What if my son didn’t like it? I have no problem eating my vegetables, and my 3 year old loves his vegetables. I had long been a fan of the green smoothie, but the benefits juicing can have for your body keep tickling the back of my mind. I would love to have more energy, sleep better, and get my daily quota of fruits and vegetables without worry every day. I had to try it. I knew I’d like it… but what if I didn’t.
I had kept it simple for my first juice. I juiced 3 large handfuls of spinach, some celery, a cucumber, an apple, and lemon.
Here goes nothing…
This is what juice SHOULD taste like. It was like a fresh glass of sunshine. It was everything I wanted it to be and more.
Kale, Carrots, and Beets – OH MY!
I’m not kidding, that since that first sip of juice I have been craving it. I juice almost daily now. My son often joins me in the kitchen to see the juice get made, and enjoys many of the drinks we create. I have ventured out an tried things I had never before, like beets and fennel. Normally I will have 1-2 glasses of juice daily. While I am trying to lose weight, that is not why I juice.
I juice for the tremendous amount of energy it gives my body. Since I am breastfeeding I try to avoid caffeine as much as possible. Some days though, I feel like I am nothing but a zombie mommy. Those are the days I turn to my juicer to give my body a much needed added boost. Nothing better than a glass filled with green to get me moving!
Since I am currently breastfeeding my baby so I have to be slightly cautious of the ingredients I use – for instance I learned Parsley which is commonly used in many juicing recipes is used to dry up a milk supply so I avoid that now. I pay careful attention to see if my baby reacts differently to any juice I have. (Onions give him awful gas, so I knew it would be a possibility I’d run into issues juicing.) I’m happy to say my milk is stronger and more abundant since I added juice into my daily food intake. As I watch the food I eat to lose some of this baby weight, I’m confident that juicing is one of the reasons my milk supply isn’t dwindling.
I absolutely adore my Bella NurtiPro and really can’t say enough good things about it. I learned that harder vegetables like carrots have to be in small pieces or it will get momentarily jammed. Nothing one flip of the reverse button doesn’t fix, but it’s easier to take the time to cut them into smaller more manageable pieces. The quietness and efficiency of this machine continue to surprise me. I like knowing I’m not going to wake up my house by juicing first thing in the am, and I love knowing that there are more nutrients in my juice than in a bladed machine. Plus, with the strainer I have the option of keeping some of the pulp in my juice for added fiber.
I also love the ways I have gotten creative with the pulp that comes out of my juicer. Instead of discarding all of it, I use the carrots for salads, turkey burgers, and meatballs. I love to blend the spinach pulp with eggs to make a fun green omelet. I am even tempted to try and make veggie chips! Another really cool aspect of my Bella is that it can make sorbet and other frozen treats, and even makes almond milk!
My juicer I thought would be the start to my journey to lose weight post baby, but what it became was a catalyst to a desire to eat healthier whole foods. I love my Bella NurtiPro and look forward to many many days started off with sunshine in a glass, vegetables in my cup, and a healthier lifestyle.
Are you ready to juice? Try this simple recipe from Bella NutriPro! You can find out more information on ordering your own Bella NurtiPro on their website. http://nutriprojuicer.com/cart Bella NutriPro is so confident you will love this juicer – they have a 60 day trial for only $14.99!
- 4 apples, with skin
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- Cut apples and romaine lettuce in chunks.
- Alternate feeding apple and lettuce chunks into the hopper.
- Serve in chilled glasses and drink immediately.
My name is Emily, and I am a juicing addict.
Note: I am not cleansing or detoxing as it is not advised while breastfeeding. If you are at all concerned about juicing and how it will affect you, your pregnancy, or your baby, consult your doctor.
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