December 1, 2014

Green Juice +

Thanksgiving has come and gone and it's likely that you're still recovering from your post-thanksgiving food coma. After the holidays is the perfect time for a dietary reboot, and for me that means juicing! Many of you have probably seen or at least heard about the documentary "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" and if you haven't, its on Netflix! Basically this guy travels the country while vowing to only drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days, its pretty cool. While I would never go that long on juice alone, I sometimes use it as a meal replacement for my lunches for a week, or juice for a healthy snack. So for those of you that have a juicer, I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes!

Because produce and prices differs so greatly depending on the season, your location, and the store you buy from, Ive decided to exclude price and nutritional information for this post. But.. its fruits and vegetables, so you really don't have to worry too much here.

For each recipe, wash all of your produce! then cut your fruits and vegetables into smaller pieces that will fit in the juicer. Remove any parts that shouldn't go through the juicer (like apple seeds and stems), and peel any fruit that needs peeling -- most citrus fruits. If you don't know how to juice something, just google it! there are tons of online resources.

1. Green Juice
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 1-inch piece of Ginger
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1/4 bunch Kale (about 3 leaves)
  • 1/4 bunch Romaine Lettuce (about 4 leaves)
-I used Red Russian kale, but you can use any kind you want!

2. Beet Juice
  • 1 Beet (with stem/leaves)
  • 2 Apples
  • 7 Carrots
  • 1 1-inch piece of Ginger
  • 1/2 Lemon

3. Spiced Apple Juice

-This juice is more of a fun snack, since its all fruit, and fruit has a lot of natural sugars. I try to keep the juice-meals mostly vegetables. 
  • 4 Apples
  • 1 Orange
  • One 1/2-inch piece of Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
**don't put the cinnamon through the juicer. Just stir it in at the end.

Here's some bonus pictures so you can see how I set everything up! Its really convenient to have all of your fruit, pre-washed, in a large bowl that you can just grab from!

Also, if you put a grocery bag in the bin where your pulp goes, it will be easy to just grab and throw away!

A good knife is really going to make your life easier, thankfully I got some new ones as an early birthday present from aunt, uncle, and cousin and I love them!

 Happy Juicing!

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