I’m here with a message that, without a doubt, isn’t going to make me the most popular guy at the vegan potluck.

Juicing ain’t cheap. It takes a lot of produce to squeeze out enough juice to make a meal, and buying the produce (especially during the winter months) can be very expensive. It takes a bit of time to prep the produce, juice, and clean. To sidestep this issue, we juiced every other day, making enough for two days. Add a little citrus to the juice and it will keep just fine for the next day. Just 1 glass of beet juice will make my pee pink for days. And I do mean bright pink. Adding an apple or pear can really sweeten up the bitterest of leafy greens without adding too much sugar. You can freeze the juice in an ice tray and make delicious and healthy popsicles. With the recent surge in popularity, juicing recipes and resources can be found everywhere. Our favorite recipe book was The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies.

A 30-Day Juicing Challenge (+ 3 Favorite Juice Recipes)

20+ Juice Cleanse Recipes | Allrecipes

Following the challenge, we added juicing to our dinner prep at least once or twice a week. It has become our go-to healthy breakfast or snack and has already come in handy when trying to impress out-of-town guests.

But don’t you need fiber? Absolutely. And I’m not saying you should rule out smoothies forever — healthy eating is all about whole foods, and smoothies are definitely closer to whole than juice is. But by mixing juice in with your regular diet or having a nice balance of juices and smoothies, you’ll get the fiber you need and the added benefit of the nutrient punch.

Basically, there are two types of juicers out on the market right now: the cold press juicer and a centrifugal juice extractor. A centrifugal juicer uses blades which produce heat, killing some of the enzymes and nutrients. Cold press juicers don’t use actual blades, but instead squeeze the bejeebers out of your fruits and veggies with enough force to extract everything except the pulp. If you’re in the market for a juicer, pick a cold press.

We both ended the 30 days totally loving juicing. It was easy, made us feel good, and didn’t get old like we both expected.