So... I just got a new juicer, the Breville 800JEXL... and am having so much fun creating juice recipes! I also got a little Ninja - see my other post in "Juices & Smoothies" for my "Choco-Chocolate Banana Protein Shake"!
I've never really been super gung-ho on juicing because I'm a firm believer that it's better to eat your vegetables instead of drink them quickly (less of an insulin spike), but I was getting sick and my immune system was super low in the last couple weeks of school. I was struggling to eat enough veggies (hence the low immune system during that time), so I decided that more veggies was better than fewer, and invested in my wonderful, shiny, beautiful juicer. Oh and my juicer's name is Joan by the way. Joan the Juicer... named after Joan of Arc... because she gets shit done! I'm still amazed at this juicer's capabilities.
Confession (and warning) time - the first time I "juiced" (ha), I had no idea how potent ginger was... I am well aware now.
After making my first juice experiment, I excitedly handed a huge glass of it to Matt... who took a big gulp and then tried his best to keep his face from making a grimace and said, "I think it might be a little strong hun... what did you put in it?"
So watch out with how much ginger you put in. I have heard though that it still important to put ginger in juices because it actually helps your body absorb the nutrients from the juice better. Just be aware of how a little bit can go a long way. Needless to say, with the right amount of ginger in it, this juice was AMAZING! After drinking a glass I instantly felt revitalized!
The Veggie Medley
Prep Time: 5 minutes Servings: 2
1 medium cucumber
1 large handful of spinach or kale
4 large stalks of celery
1 medium beet
1 Granny Smith apple
6 large carrots
1 thumb of ginger (peeled)
1. Begin by juicing the "softer" vegetables first on the low setting - cucumber, greens (spinach or kale), ginger, and celery.
2. Then juice the "harder" ingredients on the "high" setting: carrots, beet, and apple.
To get the full benefits of juicing, it's always optimal to drink the juice immediately after making it, but IF you have extra and want to store it, see my article Juicing Tips to learn how to best do that.
What's your favorite juicing recipe?