To juice or not to juice? I have been battling this question in my mind for years now. A few months ago I decided that I was going to become a juicer. I searched juicers, watched YouTube videos on how to juice and juicing machine comparisons, I talked with people who had juicers and why they liked the juicer they had. Would I be willing to pull out my juicer and use it daily? Would I want to clean it out after each use? I was a bit confused, but finally decided on which juicer I thought I would be most likely to pull out of a cupboard and use. I have issues (just ask my kids) with a lot of stuff on my counter top.
I am happy to announce that I AM a convert. I am really getting into the whole juicing thing. I love creating juice mixtures and I love the health benefits of juicing fresh organic ingredients.
Tell me, why on earth I have a battle with my husband, a grown adult, every time I hand him a glass of fresh juice? Just yesterday he asked me, “why do you have to add a vegetable into everything? Why can’t you just juice fruit. JUST FRUIT”? I replied, “why can’t you JUST get over it”?
Basically if my husband actually sees me adding a carrot to his juice, he automatically hates it. The other day I made myself a beet juice blend. It was delicious. I happened to have a bag of cherries on the counter and he assumed I was giving him a taste of cherry juice so naturally he liked it! BUT when I had given him a taste of the exact same thing a few days earlier and told him it was beet juice, he hated it!
Lucky for me the dude is color blind. He has issues distinguishing greens and reds. One day I had made a smoothie loaded with spinach. It was bright green. I handed him the smoothie and he said, “I don’t want one of your green smoothies”. I simply lied and said, “it’s pink”! He drank it!! He’s more mental than I am going through menopause!
Our next battle: Coconut water.
After hot morning run, I was thinking about how nice an ice cold, healthy drink would be. Something natural and not filled with sugar. Then I had the idea to freeze the juices that I made and making a slush out of them. Why not? (I’m sure I’m not the first person to think of this)
I decided to freeze my juices in ice cube trays then putt the frozen juice cubes into a tall glass and pour ice cold coconut water over the top. The frozen cubes were so refreshing with the coconut water. I loved it and immediately froze a variety of juice cubes.
I’m going to share my favorite juice. You can freeze whatever combination you like. I’ll call this my Beet Ginger Refresher.
You will need:
1/2 red beet, including the beet greens (why not?)
1 orange, peeled
1 apple, quartered
2 carrots, peeled
1/2-inch piece of ginger
1/2-inch piece of fresh turmeric
Prepare the fruits and vegetables. Make sure to wash everything very well. I guess you don’t have to peel the carrots and beets, but I just like to. Some juicers will require more chopping. Just follow the instructions for prep for your particular juicer.
I need to say that I really hate posting a recipe that requires special equipment, but I’m loving my fresh juice so much that I just had to share.
You will need about 1 1/2 cups of juice to fill an ice cube tray depending on the size of the ice cubes.
Pour the juice into trays. My juicer creates a lot of foam, but has a pitcher that separates the foam from the juice, which is quite handy.
Place in the freezer until completely frozen.
Look at me. I made three different varieties. Beet/Ginger, Kale/Lime/Green apple/Mint, Orange/Pineapple/Vanilla Bean (No veggies so the husband doesn’t whine).
After the cubes have frozen, remove them from the trays.
Place in a ziplock plastic bag. Label and return to the freezer.
Juicing is the time consuming part. Now that you have your frozen juice cubes, the rest is a snap.
Place several cubes into a glass.
Pour your favorite ice cold coconut water over the top. Wait for a few minutes and the cubes will thaw slightly. Using a spoon or a straw, mix together to create a slushy drink.
After a hot trail run on Saturday, I told him that I had made him frozen fruit slushy that he was going to love. I promised that vegetables were not present in the juice. I had simply juiced a pineapple, a few oranges then added a bit of vanilla bean. I poured the cold coconut water over the top of the frozen juice cubes, placed a straw in the glass and handed it to him. He took a sip, put the glass down and said, “it has potential if you leave out the coconut water”. I replied, “you don’t deserve me”.
My Favorite Juice Blends
Juice is a fun way to get in nutrients, especially if the whole produce isn't one of your favorites.
- 2 carrots
- 1/2 beet red or gold
- 1 green apple
- 1 orange
- 1/2- inch knob of ginger
- 1/2- inch knob of fresh turmeric
- Feel free to ease up on the ginger/turmeric. I LOVE the bite.
Kale Lime Mint
- 4 stalks Kale washed
- 1 green apple quartered
- 1/2 grapefruit peeled
- 1 lime peeled
- few springs of mint
Orange Pineapple Vanilla
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup pineapple juice
- 1/4 vanilla bean seeds
Add produce to your juicer following the directions of your machine. Stir in any additions and serve.
Juice blend ideas:
- Pineapple, orange, grapefruit
- Orange, carrot, pineapple, apple, pear
- Pear, Pineapple, green apple, lime, mint
- Spinach, kale, apple, celery, lemon, ginger
- Apple, beet, ginger, lemon, cayenne (for a kick)
- Kale, cucumber, green apple, lime, ginger
- Kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, green apple, parsley
- Apple, beet, carrot, cucumber, ginger, parsley