You know the cabinets above the fridge? The ones where you store items you don’t regularly use but you keep because you hope to regularly use them. Yeah, those. That’s where my juicer lives.

I obtained a juicer last year when I heard that juicing would make me better, faster, and stronger. It would also make my skin kissable. Sold! For two weeks, I purchased pounds of carrots, kale, apples, etc. and diligently stripped them of their pulp. It was a successful relationship until I got tired of doing all the work. You ever been in a relationship with someone and thought, “this shouldn’t be this hard”? I felt like that. I loved my juicer, what it stood for, and what it said about me but I was tired of cleaning that joker. (A juicer isn’t an item you rinse, you’ve got to use a special brush and put in work.) After 14 days of juicing twice a day, my right forearm was tired. That day, I cleaned my juicer for the last time. I said goodbye and acknowledged that I was partly to blame for the breakup. There were no hard feelings.

A year went by without regrets. I was over it – until I went to a smoothie cafe. I had just finished teaching spin class and needed something fast and nutritious before heading to my other job. I ordered a $7 kale smoothie. $7! I sipped that deliciousness. Slowly. I wanted my monies worth and needed to time to draft my “I’m sorry” speech. When I got home, I pulled out a stool and climbed to the top of the fridge. I grabbed the juicer, laid it out on the counter and asked for forgiveness. I didn’t want to fight anymore.

Now, I juice twice week. (I can’t maintain a twice a day routine.) To prep, I turn on lively music, like Eartha Kitt or Beenie Man. Then, I juice. In between two-steps and twirls, I clean that joker with zero animosity. The only downside is the remaining bulk.

I hate seeing this beautiful rainbow go to waste. It feels wrong. There must be a way to reuse this, right? I’ll do research and let you know. In the meantime, know that my juicer and I are in a good place. When I’m juicing, my heart is big and happy. When I’m not juicing, I’m giddy anticipating our next date. It is the perfect relationship.

To make your own: Grab kale, apples, carrots, and lots of ginger. (Some folks don’t like ginger, I love it.) Turn on the music, juice, and enjoy. Love.


Angel · 09/06/2012 at 8:01 am

@Aisha. Gosh, everyone keeps saying how amazing the vitamix is. But that price!

Aisha · 08/31/2012 at 2:04 pm

Bake it, put it pancakes, or put it in my oatmeal. I will say since getting a Vitamix we haven’t used the juicer.

Angel · 08/29/2012 at 4:29 pm

@TJ. Hmm. Never thought of that. Thank you!

Angel · 08/29/2012 at 4:29 pm

@Dee. Somebody should plant me a garden.:) Great tips. Thanks you!

Angel · 08/29/2012 at 4:28 pm

@Ann_marie. Thanks for the tip! I trust you cause you know how to bake!

Angel · 08/29/2012 at 4:28 pm

@Dyan. Girl, I miss you! Where you been?!? 🙂 Juicing is fun. But take the relationship slow and don’t be too demanding. Take it one day at a time.

Dyan Smiley · 08/28/2012 at 2:32 pm

Hey Angel! I love this blog! I just purchased a healthmaster for the same purpose! It just arrived, so I plan to start my love affair this weekend! 🙂

I hope you are doing well. Are you teaching spin anywhere so I stock you?? LOL

TJ · 08/26/2012 at 9:26 pm

Depending on what I juice, I use it to make smoothies.

Dee · 08/23/2012 at 2:30 pm

Hi Angel!

I use the pulp in baked goods (cookies, muffins, cakes, etc), and as fertilizer for my garden. My fruits and veggies love it!

Ann-Marie · 08/22/2012 at 8:27 pm

Hey Angel!

You can use the pulp in baked goods. Try putting it in carrot cake or something.

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