When I first started really getting into reading healthy living blogs a couple of years ago, I noticed that everyone was talking about green smoothies. Every time I would see a picture of a ”green monster” drink, all I could think was, Drinking spinach? ICK!
Here and there I’ve tried a green juice, but I’ve never been crazy about them. Actually, I don’t think I ever allowed myself to like them because I was so turned off by the color. I’m a big smoothie person, and I like brightly colored, pretty drinks — not ones that are a nasty green color. But recently, I’ve been more and more curious about juicing. After trying BluePrint juices recently, I knew that I could start to overlook the unappealing visual of a green juice a bit, and focus more on the taste. I think the idea of getting all of these awesome vitamins and antioxidants in one little cup is what’s driving me to overcome this distaste. Yes, I’m a vegetarian who eats a ton of produce, but the truth is, I like fruit more than veggies. I crave fruit all the time. Veggies on the other hand? I could go a day without em and not miss them. While I don’t do this, and I make sure to eat a salad most days and always have veggies included in my dinner, I think I could use some extra veggie power and vitamins.
Enter my new Jack LaLanne juicer:
Well… new in the sense that it just arrived at my doorstep a few days ago. Not new in the sense that it had been sitting in my parents’ garage for a few years now. I remember when my dad got the juicer and my mom was mad, saying that they’d never use it and it would just take up space. And you know what? She was right. This thing is huge and takes up about half of my counter space. She also must have known what a biatch this thing is to clean, but clean it I will — because I am now a juicin’ woman!
Yesterday was my first juicing experiment. This is what I came up with:
Focusing on the taste and not its unattractive color, I actually liked my first homemade green juice! What everyone has always told me rang true — the sweet fruit completely overpowered the taste of kale. It’s amazing how all of this….
…makes not even a cup of juice. It’s kind of a good thing though, because it makes a nice little cup to have as a snack, small breakfast, or as part of a meal. What I love is that according to MyFitnessPal, this juice provides me with 322% of my daily recommendation of Vitamin A, 394% of Vitamin C, 20% of calcium and 14% of iron, not to mention 7 g of dietary fiber. Sweet right!
I plan to make one green juice daily, and I’m sure I’ll get more adventurous the more I make them. There are so many options of things to throw into the mix, so who knows what I’ll come up with. This morning’s juice included mango chunks, kale, a tangerine and a large carrot. Not too shabby! Here’s yesterday’s juice recipe:
- 1½ cups chopped kale, stems and tough ribs removed
- 1 medium tangerine
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 TBSP fresh mint leaves
- Combine the first 4 ingredients in a juicer.
- Pour into a glass and drink it on the rocks.