As I mentioned in a recent post, I didn’t make any new year’s resolutions. Had I done so, there would have been something from a healthy living point of view. As luck would have it though, Philips invited me to take part in its healthy habit swap challenge.
I was sent a Philips Centrifugal Juicer as well as vouchers for buying fruit and vegetables. The challenge was to swap one unhealthy drink or snack each day with a healthy, nutritious juice.
I was going to be easy on myself. I planned to replace my afternoon tea and biscuits. However, the decision was soon taken out of my hands. Without warning, my coffee machine broke. I was gutted, of course. I still don’t sleep well, so depend on my morning coffee. Could juices do the job instead?
The juicer is a splendid bit of kit and makes the whole process straightforward. Preparing a juice is as simple as putting the fruit and vegetables in the tube at the top, selecting one of two settings and pushing the food down with a tough plastic insert for the tube.
It makes incredibly light work of even the toughest pieces and pours out juice instantly. It also boasts FiberBoost technology. This enables you to choose between clearer or thicker, fibre-rich juice.
It’s easy to maintain too. All parts with the obvious exception of the main body – which houses the 1200-W motor – are dishwasher safe. Using the second setting while pouring in some water also gives it a pretty thorough pre-clean.
There is a free app available with recipes for juices. The booklet in the box, meanwhile, includes several ideas.
As I have a sweet tooth, I have to admit that I didn’t fancy trying any of the green juices. But a challenge is a challenge! I was very pleasantly surprised as it turns out. I liked most of them.
One of my favourites was Vitamin Boost (spinach, orange and kiwi). It was refreshing and I liked it better than Energy Fuel (broccoli, carrots and blueberries) which looked much more appealing. It just goes to show how easy it can be to eat or drink with your eyes!
Speaking of which, the boys – who are typical kids when it comes to vegetables – were excited about the arrival of the juicer too. And I’m pleased to report that they are enjoying drinks from it. So far, they have stuck to the colourful ones. But we’re building up to sneaking in some kale.
After a couple of weeks using the juicer, I am noticing a difference. I feel more alert in the mornings. I also feel good about the fact that I’m easily getting my five a day. All of us are benefiting from it, in fact, so I’m happy.
While I’m still likely to replace my coffee machine, I will continue to use the juicer. I therefore deem this challenge a success. Perhaps I can revert to my original plan. Or, shock horror, replace wine with juice some evenings?
Either way, this is one new appliance that has earned a permanent place on the kitchen worktop. If you are looking to improve your eating habits, this is a great way of doing so.
The Philips Centrifugal Juicer has an RRP of £220.
Disclosure: I was provided with a Philips Centrifugal Juicer and shopping vouchers for this post.