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?

Pomegranate Orange Sparkler (Non Alcoholic)

Pomegranate Orange Sparkler (Non Alcoholic)

pomegranate orange sparkler

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve become a obsessed with making sparklers.

Maybe it’s because I can’t have the alcoholic variety. Or maybe it’s because I used to love soda. OR, maybe it’s just because they are super (ahem) simple to make, and taste really effing good.

Either way, they are on the agenda almost every single week.

oranges and pomegranates

And with family coming in town, I had the perfect excuse to whip up another batch. Something that my sister-in-law and I could enjoy while The Hubster and my bro had a beer.

This time, a combination of pomegranate and orange seemed like the thing to do.

pureed pomegranate seeds and an orange

The verdict on the drink: good.

Mind you, it’s no lemon-lime sparkler. That stuff is flat out amazing.

I will say this, the drink itself is a bit on the not-so-sweet side. Mostly because of the fresh pomegranate juice. Might be better using a pomegranate juice (like POM Wonderful) instead of the seeds. Or, perhaps just upping the sugar content a bit (using 2:1 ratio instead of 1:1). I’ll let you decide.

pomegranate orange simple syrup

Whatever your taste preference, this is great paired with a little Pitch Perfect (my new favorite movie).

Cheers!

pomegranate orange sparkler

pomegranate orange sparkler
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Pomegranate-Orange Sparkler

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 -12

Ingredients

For the Pomegranate-Orange Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 orange rinds and juice
  • 1 pomegranate

For the Sparkler

  • ice
  • club soda seltzer, or sparkling water

Instructions

To make the simple syrup:

  1. Zest the orange, being careful not to go as deep as the white pith (it will make syrup too bitter). Set aside.
  2. Cut the pomegranate in half and remove the seeds.* Place seeds into a blender and purree. Set aside.
  3. Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan, and heat over medium heat.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, add orange rinds.
  5. Add the juice from the orange and the pomegranate puree.
  6. Cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes.
  7. Pour liquid over a strainer or cheese cloth into a glass container, bowl, or jar, making sure to remove rinds and seeds.
  8. Press against strainer to get all liquid out of the seeds, discard remaining solid material.
  9. Let cool completely before using or storing.
  10. Store any remaining syrup in the refrigerator for up to 6 months (if it lasts that long).
  11. To make the sparkler:
  12. Pour 2 tbs syrup (or to taste) over ice in a glass.
  13. Add club soda, seltzer, or sparkling water.
  14. Stir to combine.
  15. Sip, smile, and savor.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Egg Free, and Corn Free.
*A super simple way to remove the seeds from a pomegranate. Just make sure to wear an apron!

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.
 

 

Pear Sparkler (Non-Alcoholic)

Pear Sparkler (Non-Alcoholic)

sliced pears

I think it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve become a bit obsessed with making mocktails.

Partly because their awesome. And partly because the real thing makes me super ill. (Stupid intolerance to alcohol.)

pear simple syrup

The obsession started with Joy the Baker’s homemade ginger ale. I made it last year around the holidays and was totally hooked.

This year, I wanted to try something new. I also happened to have some leftover pears from our pear applesauce that needed to be put to use.

pear simple syrup on ice

The end result was a big hit with our family. And is a great addition to any holiday party.

Speaking of holiday parties, Edgar Snyder & Associates—a local law firm—is doing their part to spread the message to celebrate responsibly this season by encouraging people to have non-alcoholic options for party guests.

Be a responsible host, and make sure to have a delicious non-alcoholic option for your guests so they can celebrate in style.

pear sparkler

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Pear Sparkler (Non-Alcoholic)

Servings 10

Ingredients

Pear Simple Syrup:

  • 3 pears juiced (approximately 2 cups)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

For the sparkler:

  • Ice
  • Club soda or sparkling water

Instructions

To make the simple syrup:

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine pear juice, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until liquid has reduce by half.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a glass container.
  4. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

To make the sparkler:

  1. In a drinking glass with ice, combine 2-3 tbs pear simple syrup with club soda or sparkling water.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Drink, and feel fancy.

Allergen Information

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