Juicing with Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Why I love juicing with Breville Juice Fountain Plus.

After a crazy (busy) 2014, my eating habits are less than glamorous and just down right unhealthy. With holiday sales this past December, I found myself ogling a juicer on the recommendation of a close friend, who has turned into quite the hippy (her mother will agree). I’m ready for a change this year and getting in more vegetables and fruits seems like a step in the right direction.

My life won’t get less busy, and if anything I might even add a few more things to this already packed plate. Juicing a big batch of veg and drinking them in liquid form sounds like a good plan.

Juicing and blending are two methods of liquefying foods. They each have their own pros and cons, and depending on your personal use and needs, one might work better than the other.

Is one better than the other? Anyone who tells you that a juicer is better or, on the flip side, a blender — might not be looking at them as two different beasts.

There are your standard blenders and then there are your Vitamix blenders which are amazing creatures. I’ve seen demonstrations and have been super close to giving in but I just can’t justify the price tag for my use. I don’t need to make soup all that much. My smaller blender does the trick when I feel like a smoothie and I have a small food processor that manages my kitchen prep. By no means am I saying these pieces are better than the Vitamix. However, looking at my finances, throwing out perfectly good appliances for one super appliance doesn’t work at the moment. If I had a different lifestyle, I might consider the investment, but reality is I don’t have time to take advantage of everything it has to offer.

What makes me choose a juicer? Obviously, after revealing above — one of the factors is the price.

But there are other reasons why juicing still outweighs blending for me. I purchased the Breville Juice Fountain Plus and here is my take on the difference between juicing and blending and how the system fairs overall in comparison to the pros and cons I’ve researched:

The Product: Breville Juice Fountain Plus, purchased on sale at Canadian Tire on sale for $159 (plus HST) on December 20, 2014.

This is Breville’s mid range model and is a good choice for home use and especially if you’re a new juicer like me. Breville Juice Fountain Plus features an 850 watt motor and 2 speed controls: high (12,000 RPM) low (6,500 RPM). The feed chute is 3″ in diameter, generously allowing

The upside

1. I don’t need extra fibre. Insoluble fibre (pulp) which slows down digestion (keeping you fuller, longer) is separated when juicing. Soluble fibres are kept in the juice and do not impede absorption. What you get is a fast release of highly concentrated nutrients that is absorbed quickly and passes through the bloodstream more easily.

2. I can meet my daily requirement of produce with ease. You can fit more than double the amount of vegetables into a single glass of juice than the same size glass of a smoothie.

3. Less heat transfer. If you’re looking to get maximum nutritional punch – then heat transfer will be something you’ll want to look at. Motors in blenders can slightly heat the smoothie which could kill off some of the beneficial enzymes. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus boasts less than 1.8F of heat transfer making it a better option.

A cool feature of the Breville Juice Fountain Plus is a froth separator built-in to the lid:

The downside

1. Harder to clean than a blender. No matter what the package says about quick and breezy clean up, a blender will always and forever be easier to clean simply because there’s no waste, there’s only one vessel and (usually) no removable extra parts.

The Breville Juicer is actually easy to clean because the ingredients themselves aren’t as exotic. Although there are fewer parts, a blender sees more diverse ingredients; when I blend I throw in lots of different foods like milk, nuts, protein, etc. You need to give it a good scrubbing to make sure there’s no nasty build up. With the Breville, you can only use fruits and vegetables. If you make the habit of cleaning immediately after use, all you need is a hot water rinse before drying out completely. Once a week I give it a thorough scrub. Still, even though the Breville is easier to clean than other juicers, a blender is still faster!

Tip: Line the pulp container with a plastic produce bag to collect the pulp.

Breville Juice Fountain Plus

2. More waste. All that insoluble fibre gets separated into a different container and it can be a lot. Since I’m always on a time crunch — they usually see the compost bin. However, if you’re savvy in the kitchen, you can save them for soups, sauces and baking.

3. Juicing is less versatile. You can only really make juice in a juicer and you’re limited to ingredients. I love my rich, thick, icy smoothies. I can throw in banana, avocado, milk, nuts, seeds and more and really be inventive. Although it’s less inspiring, with the help of a wonderful people on social media, I have enough delicious juice recipes to try!

One of the biggest disappointments with this machine is it doesn’t handle leafy greens, wheatgrass and soft fruits well. To go around this, we juice these by alternating with harder fruits like apples and celery which seem to help pass the softer foods through the blades.

Final thoughts

Making sure my end goal is taken into consideration, I’m happy I decided to go juicer. I need the nutrition – my body and mind have increased energy and clarity. I’ve found that keeping my low-budget blender for my smoothie cravings and purchasing a reputable juicer like the Breville Juice Fountain Plus is the way to go.

I asked readers on Instagram what their favourite juice recipe was and here are some really great ones to try out.

Breville Juice Fountain Plus

Juicing combinations from Instagram friends!

Here’s a collection of some great juicing mixes. I tend to not stick to recipes at all when juicing since I make large batches which last my family 2-3 days. Add fresh lemon to your juice to act as a natural preservative and store in a large glass mason jar. Fresh juice is best enjoyed right away, however.

@aimam9 Addicted to juicing lately !! 🙂 its the bessst ! Fav combo.. apple carrots and celery!

@t3chvoid Celery and grapes are an amazing combo!

@alshamsapparel I usually go for all greens with celery, cucumbers, mint leaves, green leaf lettuce, parsley and lemon. It’s very alkalizing and cuts my sugar cravings

@maanshah Carrots, orange and ginger

We hope you love juicing as much as we do! We’d love to hear your thoughts and juicing combos – leave a comment below! Thank you to hubby (who is the juicer of the house) for the videos and pictures!

 

By: February 16, 2015

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