Philips sent over the Viva Collection Juicer along with a some ‘Real Juice Truths’ and some totally delicious vegetable based juice recipes from Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach.
So what are these – Real Juice Truths?
- it’s easy to reduce sugar content in homemade juices as you can base them on vegetables and only include a small amount of fruit, making them healthier than sugar packed pure fruit juices.
- it’s not as expensive as you think to make juices at home. Philips Viva Collection Compact Juicer is available from around £40 and if you make your juices using fruit and vegetables that are in season then you can put them together cheaply.
- Juicing isn’t a diet fad or quick fix weight loss aid – it’s just juice, it’s just a healthy way of adding extra vitamins and minerals to your diet. It’s not a meal replacement.
- Vegetable based juices don’t taste terrible – sure they’re more often than not bright green but they do have a little sweetness in them from the addition of apples, carrot or watermelon. None of the vegetable juices I’ve tried have been bitter, they’ve all had a fresh, zingy taste.
- The juice still keeps the nutrients from the fruit and vegetables it just ditches the fibre. If this is something that bothers you, you can always add a little of the vegetable fibres back into the juice and stir them through, or use them as a soup base or put them into baked muffins.
We’ve been playing around with the Viva juicer for a couple of weeks and this is what we think…
the looks ‘bit’
It’s neat, it’s compact and it takes up very little room on the kitchen counter top. The shiny black base unit and dark plastic lid give the juicer a modern funky look. We particularly liked the little ‘sucker’ feet which keeps the unit tightly stuck to the work top whilst the juicer is in use. It’s all very neat.
the usability ‘bit’
It couldn’t be easier to use the Philips Viva Juicer. Literally minutes from setting up to drinking your juice. The Viva Juicer is simple to put together it’s just a matter of stacking all the juicer components on top of one another and then throwing your vegetables and fruit down the feeder tube. Easy, right!
I’ll show you..
So now you’re ready to juice.
Once you’ve made your juice the pre-wash facility is fab for untangling the fruit and vegetable fibres from the juicer blades. Once you’ve run the pre-wash then simply take the juicer apart, dispose of any fruit and vegetable fibres into the compost bin and then wash the juicer components in hot soapy water.
do I need one?
If you’re fancying introducing juicing into your life – say a healthy vitamin packed vegetable juice at breakfast, maybe getting the kids to drink some greens then this is the juicer for you. It’s super quick at juicing, fairly quiet to operate and extremely simple to assemble and to clean.
I’ve been very impressed with just how good the juice has tasted and the benefits of juicing at home. My favourite of all The Body Coach’s recipes has been the bright vivid green ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ it’s zingy, fresh and tastes good!
To make your own ‘Cool as a Cucumber’ just throw the following into the juicer.
- 1 cucumber
- 2 apples
- 1/2 lime
- 5 mint leaves
Disclaimer – the Philips juicer was sent to me free of charge for the purposes of the review. For full details of my disclosure policy read here.