I read a New York Times article about Khalil Rafati, founder of SunLife Organics in Malibu. The guy impressed me — a former drug dealer who deliberately overdosed on heroin and was revived by paramedics, became homeless, wound up in jail, and, much later, published a recovery memoir called I Forgot to Die — so I went to his web site. And watched this video. At the end, he says: “Be kind to people, be kind to yourself, put good things and good thoughts into your body, and live an authentic life.”
All that from…. smoothies?
I thought: I should break down and try a smoothie.
It’s not like smoothies are hard to find in Manhattan — when a business leaves Madison Avenue because the landlord has tripled the rent, more often than not it’s replaced by a juice bar or a clothing store for young Richie Rich. I don’t find this endearing. So I don’t patronize the smoothie bars.
The Small Person likes smoothies, and, for all I know, the kinds of vegetable juices served at SunLife Organics. Why don’t I know? Because we don’t own a juicer. I occasionally think about getting one, but I’ve been overwhelmed by the choices and the prices. Then I did the smart thing: I polled the Head Butler community.
The answer: Jack LaLanne’s Stainless-Steel Power Juicer.
Yes, that Jack LaLanne — “the godfather of fitness.” He’s gone to the great juice bar in the sky, but in his 96 years, he was much more than “the first fitness superhero.” He started with a TV show:
With success, he opened fitness studios, invented the exercise machines, sold exercise videos and fitness books — and marketed the Power Juicer. [To buy the LaLanne stainless steel power juicer from Amazon, click here. NOTE WELL: A juicer will not make smoothies. For smoothies, you’ll want a blender. I commend the Ninja Professional Blender. To buy it from Amazon, click here. For a device that makes juices and smoothies, consider the Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System. To buy it from Amazon, click here.]
From a reader: “Why mess around? Affordable. Durable. Efficient. Long-lasting. And it has the Jack LaLanne ‘cachet.’”
Another sent me the propaganda: “It comes with a 3,600 RPM induction grade motor that drives the stainless steel blades at high speeds and in turn shreds fruits and veggies to the finest pulp squeezing out juice through a wire mesh filter.”
A video is worth a thousand words — and will explain why we went with Jack LaLanne:
Which is better for you: juiced vegetables or a smoothie? The New York Times addresses this pressing question.
And to the big question: Have I really lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks? Do my arms suddenly look like thighs? Have I bought a jump suit? No, no, and no. But I feel more virtuous. I’m hoping perfect integrity and personal inspiration will follow.
Recipes? We’re using “The Big Book of Juicing: 150 of the Best Recipes for Fruit and Vegetable Juices, Green Smoothies, and Probiotic Drinks.” [To buy the book from Amazon, click here. For the Kindle edition, click here.]
This article originally appeared on The Head Butler
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