LIFESTYLE: Juiced Up with Currys

Philips Juicer – Currys*

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that I want to say “yes” to a wider variety of opportunities this year, and despite my initial hesitation when this e-mail first appeared in my inbox I decided to just go for it. Basically, Currys ever so kindly offered me the chance to try out a juicer as well as providing me with a free gym session and a food voucher to purchase ingredients for my new toy! You can read a bit more about the initiative over on the Currys’ blog.

Now I’m not a big “health freak” as such but I would like to make a conscious effort to be a bit healthier, not only with exercise but also what food I consume. I’ve never tried a juicer before, but they certainly seem to be all the rage at the moment. Seeing as I am a bit of a fussy eater – in particular when it comes to textures – I thought it would be a really easy way to help get my 5 a day, if not more.

So, the exercise. Now I’m very happy to admit that I am a lazy person when it comes to exercise. I’m not terribly unfit, I do have to climb 5 flights of stairs to my flat at least twice a day, but lately I’ve been slacking and I definitely don’t feel as fit as I used to be. After the summer I’m planning on starting back at netball with my university team but I think I’ll need to get my fitness levels back up a bit before I do so!

I was given the chance to try out Nuffield Health Centre in Aberdeen which was a pretty swanky place compared to my old local gym. I was shown around by a lovely member of staff (I think her name was Laura, but I’m appalling with names) who was incredibly helpful. I’d been planning on attending an exercise class, however when I was there the classes ended up being full so instead I got to try out the other facilities. The gym itself was also pretty decent (based on previous experiences) and I surprisingly enjoyed myself there. If I had the money I would love to renew my gym membership however at the moment it’s just not something I can afford.

On my way home I popped in to the Tesco next door to pick up some fruit-y things for my juice. I didn’t really have a particular recipe in mind and ended up picking up some apples, raspberries, lemons and a bag of kale (word on the street is that it’s good for you). I probably should have looked in to it a bit more beforehand as despite using what I thought was a lot of fruit I didn’t really get that much juice… I blame the raspberries.

What I did get was absolutely delicious and very tart, just how I like it. I did feel like it was a fair bit of effort & input for not a lot of juice however the juicer itself was really simple to use and is in fact dishwasher friendly to make cleaning easier (if you have a dishwasher, which I don’t… damn was that tedious). I’m looking forward to trying some new recipes and Pinterest has been a treasure trove for ideas!

Overall, I’m pretty darn glad I said yes on this occasion. Maybe there’s a gym bunny inside me somewhere? Doubtful… but hey.

Have you got any good juice recipes to share? Please do if so! <3