Katy over at her blog trikatykid reminded me I had a juicer as she was brave enough to juice for 9 days. As with so many small appliances, I had forgotten about this long lost friend for some time. So in the spirit of Spring, I brought it out again. (I say “spirit” because as of this morning, we had a light dusting of snow) While I have no intention of going on a juice fast for days on end, I seriously love the benefits of fresh juice and I think it’s a great way to get in those essential vitamins and nutrients in one glass of goodness. In a previous blog, I mentioned that eating healthy this winter has been less disciplined than I would like, so this is a great way to kick start a healthier eating plan for Spring, that will hopefully have a Domino effect throughout the season.
This past week, I went to my favourite organic shopping market, and loaded up on 3 kinds of apples, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, cucumber, celery, beets, wheatgrass, spinach, carrots, kale, parsley and ginger. I don’t buy all organic, all the time, due to the expense, but for the purpose of kick starting healthy eating, I decided to treat myself.
Here’s a look at a handful of my purchased ingredients.
What I like about juicing is the fact that one can really pack in a ton of veggies and fruits in one small glass. I could not imagine trying to eat all the fruits and veggies in one sitting. For example, just this morning, I crammed all this into one glass.
1 medium orange
I don’t follow any recipes out there. I really just add what I like, and of course, some foods that are important get added as I know they have wonderful benefits for the body. Pictured above is what I made this morning.
The taste was definitely orangey, with a splash of lemon and extremely refreshing.
The other day, I made what I will refer to as a Lemon Zest :
Handful of Wheatgrass
Handful of Kale
The taste was really lemony. If you aren’t a big fan of a really lemony drink, cut the lemon in half.
I’d like to emphasize, I try to put a mixture of veggies (especially green ones) in the drink as that is where a lot of nutrients lie, however, I don’t necessarily love the taste. For instance, Kale, while I can tolerate it as I do try to mix some in my salads, I’m not a huge fan. By juicing, I still get the kale, minus the flavour, as the flavour is cut or eliminated with the addition of apples, lemons, or other fruits and veggies. Beet juice is another flavour I’m not particularly fond of, so I will cut the flavour with something like apples, and perhaps a bit of ginger. No matter what you juice, you really just have to adjust the ingredients to your own taste buds.
If you happen to have a juicer, and it’s stuck way back in your cupboard, think about bringing it out. Really, the only downside of juicing, is cleaning the machine. But, hey, it’s a small price to pay for all the great benefits it can give.
Do you use a Juicer? What are some of your favourite juicing potions?