Temperatures reached the 80s here last week. While that was a nice sign that summer is quickly approaching, it wasn’t so good for my spinach and lettuce plants. After two hot days almost all the plants bolted. So it’s time to pull the plants out and stick in our next crop (tomatoes) but first I wanted to make the most of what was left. So I decided to make juice.
My husband and I have been pretty regular juicers for almost two years now but like with most things we go through periods where we just aren’t as motivated to do it or the idea of cleaning the machine on top of all the breakfast cleanup just seems like too much or whatever. So our juicer has had a break for the last couple of months.
But on Wednesday I put it back to use. As soon as I took my first sip I was reminded why I’m such a fan of juicing. For me, it just feels good. I love knowing that I’m getting a healthy serving of fruits and vegetables first thing in the morning and starting my day off with such a healthy habit makes it easier for me to continue to make healthier choices throughout the day.
So here are five of our favorite juice recipes. The measurements aren’t exact because I find that some people like more of one thing than another – it helps to play around and find what tastes good to you. If you are just starting out you may prefer more fruit (our go-to is green apples) to mellow the juices a bit. Also feel free to make substitutions, particularly for different greens. I’m not a fan of kale so I tend to stick to spinach and other milder greens.
The first three recipes are adapted from The Big Book of Juices: More Than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day.
1. Apple, Spinach, and Celery
This is one of two regular juice combinations in our house. We almost always have the ingredients on hand and it’s a mild but refreshing drink. We use 2 green apples, 2-3 stalks of celery, and a few good handfuls of spinach. If you have lemons or limes it’s great with some squeezed in at the end or you can peel the citrus and juice it right along with everything else. It add a nice acidity to the combination.
2. Carrot, Kiwi, Apple, and Spinach
This is our second favorite juice. It’s a bit sweeter than the first because of the carrots and kiwi but has a great flavor. We use 2 large carrots, 2 kiwis, 1-2 apples (depending on how much juice you want), and a few handfuls of spinach.
3. Pineapple and Lime
My husband doesn’t really like pineapple but I love it so when he travels I often will make this juice as a treat for myself. It’s also a very simple juice – just 1/2 a pineapple and 1 lime. If I want to add a few more nutrients and cut down the sweetness a bit I will add some greens, usually spinach or arugula. I’ve also added some fresh mint for a little different flavor.
4. Apple, Mint, Cucumber, and Spinach
This recipe was inspired by this Morning Mojito recipe from So Let’s Hangout. The recipe sounded delicious but I didn’t have all the ingredients so I changed it up a bit and it worked out great. For this one, juice together a good 2-3 handfuls of spinach, 2-3 sprigs of mint (or more depending on how minty you would like it but be warned that mint can be strong and a little will go a long way!), 1/2 a cucumber, 1-2 green apples, and 1 lime, peeled and enjoy!
5. Mango Arugula smoothie
This recipe is a smoothie rather than a juice (meaning I make it in the blender rather than the juicer) and it’s one I really like to drink in the afternoon as a little pick-me-up. The recipe is adapted from one I found on Serious Eats. I blend approximately 1 frozen mango (I use the frozen mango chunks from Trader Joes), 1 peeled lemon, 2-3 handfuls of arugula, 1 teaspoon of ginger (chopped), and 1-2 cups of water. It’s a refreshing, slightly spicy (due to the ginger and arugula) drink that nice and cold and makes for a great afternoon sip on a warm day.
Do you have a juice recipe that you love? Please share!
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