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My only problem is...<b>NO JUICER</b>.<br><br><br><br>
I dont have a juicer. And from the small amount of research I've done, juicers can be very expensive.<br><br><br><br>
Is is okay to just use my blender?<br><br><br><br>
Will I get the same effect? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hungry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hungry:">
 

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you definitely don't need a juicer to get started eating raw.<br><br>
you can eat the food in its natural state!<br><br>
i don't have a juicer, either. i have a cheap-o blender and i make great fruit smoothies and green smoothies. i like the idea of blenders better than juicers because i get the fiber. some people use blenders and then strain. they'll usually freeze the pulp for using in raw crackers or some other recipe.
 

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If you were going to do a JUICE fast, than you might have a hard time with no juicer.<br><br><br><br>
If you are just going RAW than you can use your blender for lots of things! You don't need the juicer to just be raw. Don't forget you can also buy inexpensive small hand juicers for citrus fruits only if you really want fresh juice.<br><br><br><br>
Good Luck!
 

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I agree with jenna - eat the fresh fruit as they are! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Okay, will do.<br><br><br><br>
I was getting confused by the RAW foodists. It seemed that every other thread was something about juicers, so I naturally assumed that that was the whole of their diet.<br><br><br><br>
This new info is a relief. Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/afro.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":afro:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>JesGuy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Okay, will do.<br><br><br><br>
I was getting confused by the RAW foodists. It seemed that every other thread was something about juicers, so I naturally assumed that that was the whole of their diet.<br><br><br><br>
This new info is a relief. Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/afro.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":afro:"></div>
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That might have been the thread about my juice fast. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I noticed more of the raw foodists I know drink more smoothies than fresh juice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br><br><br>
Good luck with going Raw - let us know how it goes!
 

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I remember when I first got into raw I thought I needed a juicer too because of everyone talking about juicing but you definitly do not need a juicer. A blender is sufficient but you don't need that either.
 

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I found this recipe on another site.<br><br><br><br>
Since I'm not a regular Raw-Foodist, I was wondering what you all thought of this:<br><br><br><br><b>Popeye's Garden Tonic<br><br><br><br>
by Cherie Calbom<br><br><br><br>
What better way for Olive to show her love for Popeye than with this healing drink?<br><br><br><br>
Handful of spinach<br><br>
3 stalks of celery<br><br>
2 stalks of asparagus<br><br>
1 large tomato<br><br>
1 cherry tomato for garnish<br><br><br><br>
1. Bunch up spinach and juice with celery.<br><br>
2. Juice asparagus with tomato.<br><br>
3. Mix juices in a tall glass and garnish with a cherry tomato.</b><br><br><br><br>
Does this sound good to anyone? I have all the ingredients, and I'll wait for some feedback before making it.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>JesGuy</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I found this recipe on another site.<br><br><br><br>
Since I'm not a regular Raw-Foodist, I was wondering what you all thought of this:<br><br><br><br><b>Popeye's Garden Tonic<br><br><br><br>
by Cherie Calbom<br><br><br><br>
What better way for Olive to show her love for Popeye than with this healing drink?<br><br><br><br>
Handful of spinach<br><br>
3 stalks of celery<br><br>
2 stalks of asparagus<br><br>
1 large tomato<br><br>
1 cherry tomato for garnish<br><br><br><br>
1. Bunch up spinach and juice with celery.<br><br>
2. Juice asparagus with tomato.<br><br>
3. Mix juices in a tall glass and garnish with a cherry tomato.</b><br><br><br><br>
Does this sound good to anyone? I have all the ingredients, and I'll wait for some feedback before making it.</div>
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Well,the instructions say 'Bunch up spinach and JUICE with celery" - This generally means that they want you to run the spinach and celery through a JUICER. Same with "Juice aparagus with tomato". To juice greens, celery and asparagus, you need a special kind of juicer (they can be expensive) that can masicate leafy green such as spinach to get the juice out - they basically sort of twist the spinach to get the juice out. (don't want to confuse you since you are juicer-less). If you want to understand this better, you can read info on this site:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.costplusjuicers.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=44&products_id=239" target="_blank">http://www.costplusjuicers.com/catal...roducts_id=239</a><br><br><br><br>
But do not fret. You can still make this by just putting it in your blender. Just throw everything in. It will be sort of bulky though. Just blend really good. And if it is still too bulky you can use a stainer to get out some of the excess bulk. Oh, add water too to make it thinner while blending.<br><br><br><br>
I like to have a spinach smoothie myself every now and then. I usually put some fruit in it. Your drink sounds nice and healthy!
 

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oh, another thing. You probably want to cut the portions down since you are blending and not juicing. For juicing, 3 stalks of celery isn't really a lot because all you are getting is juice out of all that celery bulk. I would recommend 1 stalk of celery and asparagas first and then blend and see how it is. This recipe was proportioned with assumptions that the celery and aspargas would be juiced. I think the tomato and spinach portion should be ok though.
 

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Well, I blended it all together...and I did what you suggested Queenfluff (with water, and one celery stalk.)<br><br><br><br>
All I can say is...Ewwww.<br><br><br><br>
I think I'll try the spinach and fruit thing next time.
 

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Well, I blended it all together...and I did what you suggested Queenfluff (with water, and one celery stalk.)<br><br><br><br>
All I can say is...Ewwww.<br><br><br><br>
I think I'll try the spinach and fruit thing next time.</div>
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Was it just really bulky eww or tastes bad eww? Vegetable juices (esp mixing many kinds) can be hard to get used to. I don't care for them on a daily basis and it takes me a long time to drink them when I have them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I find that if I take a handful of spinach, a bannana, maybe some pineapple, orange and blend that up (add H2O when needed), the fruit helps balance out the sometimes too strong veggie taste. You get used to that strong taste after a while but since you are new at it, I would add fruit.<br><br><br><br>
You could try adding some thing sweet to your smoothie now. Adding vanilla to smoothies can help too. Ginger helps too.
 

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Was it just really bulky eww or tastes bad eww? Vegetable juices (esp mixing many kinds) can be hard to get used to. I don't care for them on a daily basis and it takes me a long time to drink them when I have them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
I find that if I take a handful of spinach, a bannana, maybe some pineapple, orange and blend that up (add H2O when needed), the fruit helps balance out the sometimes too strong veggie taste. You get used to that strong taste after a while but since you are new at it, I would add fruit.<br><br><br><br>
You could try adding some thing sweet to your smoothie now. Adding vanilla to smoothies can help too. Ginger helps too.</div>
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It wasnt bulky...it was definitely "tastes bad" ewww.<br><br><br><br>
Adding fruit sounds like the way to go. I'll have to try that now. It sounds much tastier.<br><br><br><br>
It was just way too strong of veggie-taste, I couldnt even stomach it. I took a few sips, and almost gagged.
 

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If you really want a juicer, you can try Ebay, or do like I did, and scour your local thrift shops. Most thrift shops, test all electrical equipment before selling it.<br><br><br><br>
Try reading the "Raw Uncookbook" by Juliano and "Rawsome By Bridgett Mars. This book is really good too: Living Cuisine: "The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods" by Renee Underkoffler.
 

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i've recently gone back to eating mostly raw, and i feel so much better. I never juice anything, simply because i like chewing my food, and the fiber in fruit is more satisfying.<br><br><br><br>
a food processor is key for a lot of raw recipes though.
 

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you definetly don't need a jicer to eat raw, I ate like 95% for about 3-4 months withou a juicer, though a blender was very helpful. But I wuldn't do withou my juicer now, esp as I'm eating much less raw food. A uice and a smoothy taste very different, veggie juices are great load up on tomatoes if the greens are over powering + chuck in aload of green herbs such as basil and maybe some garlic to get a sorta soupy taste going on. yuuummmmm
 
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