Fresh “Green” Juice

Fresh “Green” Juice

ingredients for "green" juice

Now, y’all know that when I get into something, I get into something.

Case in point, refrigerator oats.

My new thing: juicing. And this juice—a hearty blend of kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, green apple, and lemon—is the one that started it all. Not exactly the first juice that I would have thought could convert me. But, sure enough, it did.

Color me shocked that it was sweet and refreshing.

kale, romaine, apple, lemon and cucumber juice

The Hubster, on the other hand, told me that it looked and smelled like I was drinking a salad. I think he was having a hard time getting past the green color. And the fact that there were three different kinds of greens: kale, spinach, and romaine.

Oh, and don’t forget the cucumber. And apple. And lemon.

Okay. So, I am drinking a salad. It just doesn’t taste the way you’d expect. More sweet, less chewing, and surprisingly filling.

kale, romaine, apple, lemon and cucumber juice

ingredients for "green" juice
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Fresh "Green" Juice

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 3 large romaine leaves
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 2 inch cut of cucumber
  • 1 granny smith apple seeds and stems removed
  • 1 lemon rind and seeds removed

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a juicer and juice!
  2. Pour into favorite glass.
  3. Sip away.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, and Egg Free.
 

Fresh “Orange” Juice

Fresh “Orange” Juice

Ingredients for Fresh Carrot and Citrus Juice

I will be the first to admit that juicing isn’t exactly a topic that gets me all worked up.

That is, until now.

The Hubster and I had decided a few weeks ago that we wanted to do a cleanse of some sort. We had been eating out a lot, and eating some really unhealthy things (think burgers and fries). We also knew that my parents were coming for a visit, making it hard to keep up with any sort of program while they were in town.

So, we put our idea on hold until after my parents left.

Ingredients for Fresh Carrot and Citrus Juice

We got a bit discouraged when we were researching the kind of cleanse we wanted to do. All were either super restrictive, super complicated, or super expensive.

Not the kind of thing either of us were interested in doing.

So, we sat down and thought about what we were really trying to accomplish with a cleanse. The Hubster wanted to stop eating meat and start eating more simple home-cooked meals. He decided that going back to a pescetarian diet would suit him best.

Fresh Carrot and Citrus Juice

I, on the other hand, wanted to do something a bit more involved. My body was not happy with all of the things I was putting into it, and had begun to revolt; my skin was breaking out, I was getting more frequent headaches, and my food sensitivities were starting to rear their ugly heads again.

I knew that a juice fast (or feast, as they are called online) would be a bit of a challenge for me, and felt like I needed to work my way up to such a change.

I decided to start by adding in one fresh juice a day, while making sure to have more simple meals at home.

Fresh Carrot and Citrus Juice

So I scoured the internet, asked for resources on Facebook, and hit up my tweeps. I got a stockpile of recipe ideas for different juice combinations and started to get excited about my juicer making an appearance in our kitchen again.

The one resource that has proved to be the most helpful was a post by Gabby from What’s Gabby Cooking. Her recipes have definitely changed my mind about juice cleanses, and whether or not I could get on board with one.

This recipe is based on her “orange” juice. It’s incredibly delicious and a great beginner juice, as it’s on the sweet side. The Hubster even liked this one…

Fresh Carrot and Citrus Juice

Ingredients for Fresh Carrot and Citrus Juice
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Fresh "Orange" Juice

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 9 carrots cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 apple quartered, stems and seeds removed
  • 1 orange rind removed
  • 1/2 of a lemon rind removed

Optional Add-In:

  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger

Instructions

  1. Clean and prep all ingredients.
  2. Place into a juicer and juice!
  3. Drink immediately or store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to drink.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Corn Free, and Egg Free.

What are your favorite juicing recipes and/or resources?

Lemon-Lime Sparkler (Non Alcoholic)

Lemon-Lime Sparkler (Non Alcoholic)

striped lemons and limes

In my pre-health conscious life, I was a soda fiend. More specifically, I was a Coca-Cola fiend. I was known to polish off a mere 2-liters of the brown stuff a day.

Think it’s a coincidence that I also suffered from migraines on a regular basis? (I don’t.)

In a meager attempt to curb the caffeine addiction and do something good for my body, I switched to Sprite, and would reserve my Coke consumption for the days when the migraines crept in.

slicedcitrus

That switch lasted for maybe two months before I relapsed and went back to the caffeine; the Sprite just wasn’t cutting it.

It took another two years before I would be able to give up my sugary sweet liquid love, and a true desperation to get rid of my migraines for good. Hello food intolerances and new healthy lifestyle, good bye soda.

Nowadays, soda has been relegated to the special treat category, and only gets enjoyed on very rare occasions. (What? A girl needs a vice! And since alcohol isn’t one of them…)

citrussimplesyrup

That is, until I learned how freakin’ easy and delicious it is to make your own.

Goodbye store-bought sodas, hello heaven in a glass.

This stuff is so good, I’m considering buying a siphon. Or soda stream maker. Or just a few dozen bottles of seltzer or club soda to keep on hand at all times.

lemon lime sparkler

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Lemon-Lime Sparkler

Servings 10 -12

Ingredients

For the Lemon-Lime Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 lemon rinds and juice
  • 2 limes rinds and juice

For the Sparkler

  • ice
  • club soda seltzer, or sparkling water

Instructions

To make the simple syrup:

  1. Zest lemon and lime, being careful not to go as deep as the white pith (it will make syrup too bitter). Set aside lemon and limes.
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, and heat over medium heat.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, add lemon and lime rinds.
  4. Add the juice from the lemon and limes.
  5. Cook, stirring constantly until sugar is fully dissolved and translucent; around 30 seconds.
  6. Pour liquid over a strainer or cheese cloth into a glass container, bowl, or jar, making sure to remove rinds.
  7. Let cool completely before using or storing.
  8. Store any remaining syrup in the refrigerator for up to 6 months (if it lasts that long).

To make the sparkler:

  1. Pour 1 1/2 tbs syrup (or to taste) over ice in a glass.
  2. Add club soda, seltzer, or sparkling water.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Sip, smile, and savor.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, and Corn Free.
 

 

Grapefruit, Strawberry, and Ginger Juice

Grapefruit, Strawberry, and Ginger Juice

Since October is breast cancer awareness month. And I happen to have a pair of my own. I thought it was only fitting to post a pink drink.

To honor those ta-ta’s.

To celebrate women.

To tell cancer to take a hike.

This drink is also particularly fitting considering it’s a great immune boosting elixir.

Grapefruits have amazing health benefits, including anti-cancer properties that have been found to halt the growth of breast cancer cells.

Strawberries are great detoxifiers and help to clear out free radicals from the blood stream. I.e., kicking the cancer cells to the curb.

And ginger. The powerful immune boosting properties of ginger. Seriously, there are too many to mention. Just click the link.

So crank those juicers up. Get the juices flowing. And raise your glasses in appreciation of those ta-ta’s.

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Grapefruit, Strawberry, and Ginger Juice

Think pink and drink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Or enjoy it whenever. It's that good.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 grapefruit peeled
  • 8-10 strawberries tops cut off
  • 1- inch of ginger peeled

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into your juicer and process.
  2. Pour into your favorite glass.
  3. Savor the sweetness.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.

3 Green Juice Recipes!

3 Green Juice Recipes!

I was inspired by reading Crazy Sexy Diet to delve into the world juicing, and a 21-day detox. The juicing has lasted. The detox, however, has not.

Detoxing is an interesting beast for me. I know that it works for a lot of people. And can help to cleanse the system when things are acting all haywire. But I prefer to do what Meghan Telpner talks about in a recent post: make 80% of what most people would consider a cleanse, your everyday way of living.

Over in the Custom Kitchen, we eat a lot of fruits and veggies, stick to whole grains, cook our meals, avoid processed crap, skip the coffee/tea/soda craziness, move our bodies, and detox our minds through meditation.

When I looked at the detox plan, it looked a whole lot like what we ate on a regular basis minus being 100% gluten free. We eat a lot of root vegetables, drink green smoothies on a regular basis, and try to get a variety of beans and legumes in.

The one thing that we don’t do is juicing.

Instead of restricting and limiting, I decided to do what works best for me: add in more of the good stuff.

My first attempt at juicing was a fairly standard green juice:

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2 stalks of celery including leaves
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 apple

I threw all ingredients into the juicer, saw the magic potion come out, took a sip…and gagged.

Lesson 1: if you don’t like the flavor of something raw (i.e.—stalks of celery) you are most definitely not going to like it juiced (i.e.—celery juice).

My second attempt:

  • 1 pear
  • 1 green apple
  • 4-5 leaves of curly kale

All I can say is this was a delight. I wanted to lick the glass clean it was so good.

Lesson 2: Start simple and work your way up to more complicated flavors and combinations.

My third attempt:

  • 2 green apples
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 3 leaves of rainbow chard

Aaaand. Back to being icky. While I like chard raw (most of the time), it was so strong and overpowering in this concoction that I couldn’t really get through more than half the glass.

Lesson 3: Moderation is key. Start with one leaf, and add another if you can tolerate it. Greens are stronger in flavor than you realize.

What are your favorite juicing recipes and tips?