I’m not going to lie; I struggle to eat healthy sometimes. I find myself craving for sugary snacks when I skip breakfast or when I get caught up in the day. That’s why I like to get a head start to healthy living by getting my nutrients in the morning.
Making green juice or smoothie has become part of my daily routine. Starting the day with a fresh glass of green juice is a guaranteed way of making sure that my body gets a clean and energetic jumpstart. It also seems to prevent me from making bad food choices later on in the day.
Since I’m making all that effort to start healthy, I wasn’t going to throw it all away by eating junk.
I try to make sure that I stock up on at least three or four different vegetables and fruits in the fridge. Part of the juicing preparation involves cleaning the produce. Whether or not I buy organic, it’s important to make sure the produce is thoroughly washed, especially for juicing as they are consumed raw and uncooked.
Organic fruits and veggies can still get contaminated! If you think about it, organically grown produce has to leave the farm to get to the supermarket and chances are: a few hands will touch it before it makes it into your grocery bag.
The Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818 not only helps to prolong the storage life of fruits and vegetables, it effectively kills microorganisms in the produce by up to 99% via safe ozone reaction. Bye-bye bacteria!
Ozone is a strong oxidising agent which kills microorganisms by breaking down their cell wall. No chemicals are required in the disinfection process – all I need is electricity and water.
The Washer was brand new when I received it so to prepare it for its first use, I had to perform an ‘initial purge’ – basically let it run on its own for fifteen minutes.
Simply add water to the 4 litre mark and connect the Washer to a power supply with the supply cord. Ensure firm connection, turn on the switch and press the power key twice.
The red light indicates that the Washer will run for fifteen minutes. There are two only two modes on the power button –
10-Minute Wash Mode
Press the power key ONCE and the LED light will turn GREEN. Washing begins and will stop automatically in about ten minutes. This mode is recommended for fruits and non-leafy vegetables.
15-Minute Wash Mode
Press the power key TWICE and the LED light will turn RED. Washing begins and will stop automatically in about fifteen minutes. This mode is recommended for leafy vegetables.
By the time initial purge was complete, I had prepped all the fruits and vegetables I wanted to use for my green juice. You may discard the water from the Washer or save it in a bucket for watering the plants. No wastage here!
Place the fruits and vegetables in the Washer AND THEN fill it up with water up to the 4 liter mark. Avoid doing this the other way around as you want to make sure the water level does not exceed the 4 litre mark.
Once the Washer has done its job, give the fruits and veggies a final rinse under the tap. Now they are ready to go in the juicer!
Here’s my favorite morning green juice recipe:
If you aren’t used to the veggie flavor of green juice, try adding another apple or carrot to sweeten the taste.
I call this the Green Immunity Juice because it’s high antioxidants and gives me a boost of energy when I don’t feel too great in the morning. Drinking this green juice gives me the energy like spinach gives popeye!
The ginger adds a bit of spice which I find to be really refreshing in combination with the sweetness from the carrots and apple. It’s also great way to detox and fight colds. I like to add lemon to my juices because it helps to alkalize the body and restore pH balance. Remember to remove the peel to help keep the lemon from tasting too bitter in the juice.
Share your favorite green juice recipe and WIN a Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818!
To take part in this giveaway, leave a comment on this blog post with your juice recipe. I’m going to try them out myelf and pick the winner based on the healthiest and tastiest drink! You have TWO weeks until the deadline – 14 November 2014. (This giveaway contest is applicable to those residing in Singapore only.)
The Hyflux DEW Fruit and Vegetable Washer D818 is conveniently available at Selfix DIY stores, Takashimaya, OG and Hyflux Innovation Centre. Hyflux knows water like no other! Head down to their Customer Service Centre to find out more about their products:
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80 Bendemeer Road, Singapore 339949
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