Let's Talk Celery Juice

Okay, friends...I feel like we must discuss CELERY JUICE.   Have you heard of this craze that's sweeping the nation or at the very least you're Instagram feed?  

I kept seeing celery juice over and over on social media, and I've gotta be honest-I did ZERO research on the benefits of celery juice.  However, someone mentioned, "feeling so good and having so much more energy".  And I was sold.  One small problem-I'm NOT a fan of celery unless I'm allowed to eat it with a side of boneless buffalo wings and some blue cheese.
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I asked for this juicer for Christmas and got started right after the holiday season.  

My thoughts...

1.  If you juice the leaves, it tastes WAY nastier {probably bitter is the right word} than just juicing the celery stalks.

2.  After the first couple days, the taste really didn't bother me much at all.  

3.  You're supposed to drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and wait 15-30 minutes before having anything else.  This wasn't a problem for me...I made it as soon as I got up and then had coffee a bit later.

4.  I used one entire batch of celery per serving, so if I was juicing for both me and Tab, then I'd use two batches of celery.  If I grocery shopped for the entire week, my refrigerator was full of celery.

5.  The very worst part was cleaning the juicer.  As soon as I was finished juicing, I'd wash all the parts and leave them out to dry until I was home later to put them away.  One day I was too lazy to do this and left the yucky remnants on my juicer...guess what?  It's like those remnants are stuck FOREVER.  I've rewashed, sent them through the dishwasher, and soaked them...nothing has worked so far.  Ugh!  Hands-down this is the very worst part about celery juicing.

The big question is HOW DID I FEEL?

I'm not sure if it's my mind playing tricks on me, but I felt REALLY GOOD.  When else am I getting an entire STALK OF CELERY in my body before 5:30 a.m.??  It has to be good for me.  Right?  

I'm not a bad eater, but am I getting every single serving of green vegetables I should be getting?  Probably not...so I do think my body could tell the fuel it was getting was nicer than the usual "unleaded".  :)

I was PRO-CELERY JUICE until Shay heard me complaining about cleaning my juicer one day and mentioned this Cold Pressed Juice from Trader Joe's.

This juice is made with 17 kale leaves, 1 pound of spinach, 1 large apple, 1 celery stalk, 1/4 cucumber, 1 lemon, and 2 inches of ginger.  There are 100 calories per bottle.  If I had jumped straight from no juice immediately to this juice, I'd have called it nasty BUT after drinking pure celery juice for a couple weeks I'm calling it "good".

I had Tab take a drink just yesterday and his response, "Oh, this is GOOD!".  Again, his palate has changed a bit too.  ;)

There are no preservatives, additives, etc...this only contains juice from those fruits and vegetables.

I can't remember how much this bottle was-somewhere between $2.99-$4.99.

So-for now, friends...I'm giving my juicer a few weeks off and am gonna see if I continue to feel good and have more energy.  I'll keep you posted.  :)

I have no experience with juices like this so there might be a healthier one, less expensive one, more organic one on the market that we should all be drinking.  If you know about that product, PLEASE share!!

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About my juicer, if you're like me, I often overly purchase fruits and vegetables that I NEVER get around to making/eating so I am excited about using my juicer that way.  Instead of those items getting trashed, my plan is to start juicing them before they go bad.  Juicing once a week sounds delightful compared to juicing every morning at five a.m.

Do YOU juice??  Do YOU drink cold pressed juices?  Please tell me your thoughts!

To juice or not to juice...that's the question and today, I'm signing off saying you should run to Trader Joe's and stay away from the clean up.

Happy Thursday, Friends!

15 comments

Weight Watcher Momma said...

I did the celery thing for about two weeks. I did feel reallybtreat and lost almost 6 pounds. Due to my doctor’s advice I had to stop. The very high level of vitamin K was not safe for me. I usually run everything by my dr, but thinking this was just vegetable juice I did not bother to check. I encourage anyone wanting to start this to check with your dr first.

Lucia Krušpánová said...

Hello. I read many times that it is much healthier to eat whole fruit/vegetable compared to juiced one. It especially applies to fruit. I dont know..but that makes sense to me.

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

I'm afraid I'm a hard no on celery juice. BUT, my post tomorrow is about some smoothies I'm making. I'm doing mainly fruits with just a couple of handfuls of spinach now, but I plan to work up to more veggies!

Erika Slaughter said...

Weight Watcher Momma-I'm so glad you shared this! Of course, I'd have thought the same thing!

Lucia-Absolutely! I think this is a way to grab some of the good from those fruits and veggies-especially if you're not eating as many as you should.

Sheaffer-Let me tell you...the Cold Pressed Juice seems like the way to go. :) or a fruit smoothie!

Narci said...

I loved hearing your thoughts on celery juice. I need to check out those cold pressed juices!

Mix and Match Mama said...

I'm still laughing at Narci talking about her coffee over celery juice! Hahahaha! Like seriously, laughing! Cleaning my juicer is one of my least favorite things to do!!

Amy said...

I have been doing the celery juice for several months now, you do get used to the taste and I have done really well with it. I was initially drinking it 7 days a week but washing the juicer was getting old so now I’m averaging 3 to 4 times a week. I feel so much better personally. I tried using my blender initially and it was awful. Quickly researched juicers that were easy to clean and had good reviews. I ended up with an Omega and I do love it. Good luck and maybe I’ll try Trader Joe’s.

Katherine Darlington said...

I've read it's better to just eat the celery rather than juicing it. I eat it every day as a snack. I will try eating it first thing in the morning and see if that makes a difference.

BronteReed said...

Is your juicer a cold press? I’ve heard it makes a difference but I haven’t settled on a juicer to purchase yet.

Ella said...

I've never tried juicing celery, but I put it in salads and tuna fish sometimes.
I just bought the magic bullet to make smoothies easily in the morning.

Laurel said...

I feel like the only person not drinking celery juice! Maybe if I already had a juicer I’d try, but I can’t justify another kitchen toy right now. But I do like green juices/ smoothies!

Mactoyourcheese said...

Here is a smoothie I make all the time:
5 cups spinach
1 cup baby carrots
1/2 cup aloe vera juice
1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Power of 7 juice
1/2 cup cranberry juice
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
1 orange peeled and cut in half
1/2 - 1 cup water depends on how thick you want smoothie.

Makes about 3-10oz. Servings
I drink one and store the other 2 in fridge for next couple of days. You may need to stir each morning.

156 calories/serving has fiber and a little bit of protein.

I like to add all ingredients except water, carrots and spinach to a container. Let sit overnight. (The chia seeds expand and get gel like) But you can also make it right away too.

In the morning, I fill my Vita Mixer with spinach, then add the carrots, and the contents of container...start mixing and add water to desire consistency... I am sure you will like the taste of this smoothie way better than the celery juice...Enjoy!!!

P.S. That Trader Joe’s to the power of 7 juice is amazing on its own. (It is made with (pomegranates, tart cherry, black mulberry, red grape, purple carrot, cranberry, and blueberry juice)

Cheriese said...

I just don't know. I wonder about the science behind making sure you have it first thing in the morning because if it's good for you it should be good anytime - and those of us who take thyroid medication have to take that 30 minutes before we ingest anything else in the morning so we'd be up for a while before we actually get to have a cup of coffee! Also, one of the benefits of celery (and many fruits) is the fiber, which you lose when you juice. It seems like putting celery, apple, spinach and maybe another fruit in my Ninja blender would be healthier. I'm not going to argue with people feeling better, though. Whatever makes you feel good is good!

Laura said...

I just LOVE your honesty!!!! I have NO interest in the celery craze, but I might look into the trader joes juice! Thanks to you and Shay!

Hena Tayeb said...

Oh no.. I don't think I can do that. Maybe the Trader Joes one.
We have a great juicer and used to make lots of different juices but my husband is supposed to be watching his sugar and as someone said in the comments above it is supposed to be better to eat the whole fruit rather than drink the juice. So we had to put a stop to the juicing.

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