Hey there, friends! Long time no see. I may be stopping by more often, with whatever random tidbits of info my heart desires to share, so clean your counters and stock your fridges – we’re in for a fun ride!
By far my favorite class this semester is Food Science (both lecture and lab). Even if it’s competition were courses besides Anatomy & Physiology and Microbiology, I still think it would rank at the top. Last week in lab, part of our "experiment" was to create our own recipe of a vegetable juice! Naturally I got insanely excited. So much so, that I had to replicate our delicious juice at home and share with all of you!
This juice is carrot based, so we used five carrots (if they’re rather large, you can use four). I don’t peel them, but I chop off the ends and wash them.
For our something green – a handful of spinach. Plus some warming spice with that knob of ginger!
For sweet – half an apple (we used Red Delicious in lab and I used Fuji today) and two strawberries. I didn’t have any fresh strawberries, so I just thawed two frozen strawberries. Still works perfectly for juicing!
Once I juiced everything (I have a Breville Compact Juicer) I finished the drink of with a special twist that my instructor shared with me – a squeeze of lime. She said that she follows every juice with a tiny squeeze of fresh lime and that’s what takes every juice over the top. Being obsessed with limes, I had a suspicious feeling I would adore it, too. And I did. Between the tiny hint of berry with the two strawberries, the ginger, and the lime, I felt like I was drinking something super special and fancy! Not essentially drinking a multi-vitamin!
Pack it up in your cup and you’ll be good to go! Your body will readily absorb more nutrients since it doesn’t have to deal with the fruit/ vegetable fibers, and you’ll get a lot more nutrients faster than you would trying to eat everything.
I enjoyed mine alongside a tasty omelet of one egg, two egg whites, two tablespoons of salsa and a quarter of a diced avocado. Buonissimo!
Other juicing tips:
- Particularly if you’re new to juciing, ALWAYS juice some fruits with your veggies!
- Try garlic, ginger, and/ or citrus for more exciting flavor. You can even stir in some cinnamon, too!
- If you’re new to juicing, or if you have a very sensitive palate, start SLOWLY – don’t break off a huge knob of ginger to juice, because I guarantee it will be too spicy for ya!
- You can even juice things like raisins and walnuts! My instructor had this available to other groups, but because no one in my group was a huge fan of raisins and I’m deathly allergic to walnuts, we didn’t try it.
- If you’re juicing a whole citrus fruit, remove the rind and white pith. Just like with zesting – you’re not supposed to zest into the pith because it will give a bitter flavor – same goes for your juice! Plus, with some juicers, having to get through a huge citrus rind may be too much to handle. My juicer’s handbook also recommended to core things like apples, too.
- Even if you’re buying organic, always wash your produce right before using.
Happy juicing! What are some other delicious juicing recipes you’ve tried lately?