I love juice, and I’m not just talking about orange and apple juice. I’m talking a glass loaded to the brim with fruits, veggies, almond milk, and maybe even a sneaky whole grain or seed like wheat germ, flax seed, chia seed, bran… you get the picture. But hang on, before you roll your eyes and start looking for a double chocolate brownie recipe you can make over the weekend, hear me out.
I’ve been making my own juices (juicing my own juices?) for just over two years now. I started when I got into barre3 back when we were living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Barre3 is an incredible workout, combining the best of ballet, pilates, and yoga. Here in Iowa City, I don’t have a studio but that hasn’t stopped me from doing their January fitness challenge because they have tons of classes available online (check it out HERE). The added perk to their online subscription, is they have a large database of healthy, lean, whole-grain recipes. Breakfast dishes, salads, smoothies, soups… and it’s all extra tasty.
Since getting hooked on their healthy recipes, I’ve gotten pretty good at mixing up a good juice. Mind you, I’ve had my fair share of awful tasting juices, and I protest those juices. Because let’s say you’re new to juicing and you’re feeling brave one day when you order one at the local market. But, surprise! You just happened to unknowingly order one of those awful, mowed-lawn-and-cardboard-box-tasting-juices. Yuck, you’re never going to try that again.
So how do you know this juice isn’t going to taste like mowed lawn and cardboard box?
Well, for one I didn’t put celery in it. I have yet to find a good juice that involves celery. Secondly I have enough fruit in this baby to super-power you with antioxidants for the next month, not to mention appease the sweetest sweet tooth out there. This one’s extra satisfying and makes two large servings, so you can mix it up and pour yourself a tumbler for lunch today, plus have a second serving waiting for you tomorrow. Don’t have a true, fancy-pants juicer? Me neither, I use an old fashioned blender like THIS one.
▲ First, chop the kale. Make sure your remove the thick stem first. Want to love kale? Never eat that part, it tastes awful and really doesn’t have as many nutrients as the dark leafy greens anyway.
▲ Next, core the apple and chop that up. I recommend using a whole apple for this recipe, but as you can see my apple was a behemoth, so I only used half.
▲ Next, blueberries! I’m a sucker for any kind of berry.
▲ Next you’re going to squeeze all the goodness out of an orange, so you’ll need to cut it in half – it’s helpful to slice down the middle, between the two stem ends. If you did it right, your orange halves should look like…
▲ …this! Bursting stars, snowflakes… crazy eyes. I’ll let you be the judge.
▲ Now squeeze as much juice from your orange halves as possible.
▲ It’s okay if you wind up with pulp in your mixer. If you cringe at the thought of pulp in juice, I promise your blender will tackle this one for you.
▲ Dice the ginger and add three pinches of cloves.
▲ Then 1-1/4 cups of almond milk and several ice cubes.
▲ Top it all off with a tablespoon of wheat germ, hemp hearts, chia seed, bran, flax seed… whatever suits your fancy. Then, blend away!
▲ Now let’s be honest with one-another; this juice is not a flattering color. I mean, dark green kale combined with royal blue blueberries? We had to see that one coming, right? Food appearance is a huge thing for me, so if it looks gross then odds are that no matter how delicious it is, I’m going to have a hard time enjoying it. My tip? Use a fun glass and maybe even a funky straw. This way you can enjoy the sweet fruity smell and citrusy flavors without letting your eyes play tricks on your taste buds.
▲ This glass is a true vintage. Though it sounds silly, I fondly remember this as the glass my dad would always mix his iced tea in after a hot summer’s day of work on the farm. This glass brings to mind memories of eating push pops on the swing-set as a kid, of running across the farm barefoot, and of playing on the bright yellow slip ‘n slide with my sisters. Since I broke it’s only partner in my clumsiness several years ago, I’ve been so soo careful with this one. Isn’t it funny the things we remember and hold onto from our childhood?
Juiced Citrus Winter Greens
(makes two large servings)
- 1 leaf kale (remove stem and roughly chop)
- 1 apple (core and slice)
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 1 small knob fresh ginger (peel and dice)
- 1 Tablespoon wheat germ (or chia seed, flax seed, bran, hemp hearts, etc.)
- 1 orange (cut in half)
- 1-1/4 cup almond milk
- 3 pinches cloves
- 6 ice cubes
- Add to blender: kale, apple, blueberries, ginger, wheat germ.
- Squeeze as much juice from the orange as possible, drizzling it into the blender.
- Add almond milk, cloves, and ice cubes.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve in a fashionable tumbler, or sentimental vintage glass. Funky straw optional.
Tip: store leftovers in the blender pitcher, in the fridge. Before you pour yourself the second serving tomorrow, pop the pitcher back on the blender and give it a quick pulse.
Do you juice? How are your new year’s resolutions coming along?