Archive | May 2013

Kale, Beets, and Other Healthy Things in Juice Form

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My kitchen is pretty darn small. There’s a ton of stuff I already own and there’s a serious lack of cabinet space and counter space. But still, this is me, and I always want more and more stuff for my kitchen (new plates and a cherry/olive pitter at the top of my list).

A few weeks ago I spent my Saturday night watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. I have such an exciting life, right? I mean who doesn’t spend their weekend nights watching a documentary on juicing? Don’t be jealous, you all can’t be as cool as me. While I do a good job of eating plenty of fruits and veggies, I feel like I could do a better job. I’m not planning on going on an all-juice diet anytime soon, but the idea of adding some juice every day seems like a solid idea.

So, seeing as my kitchen is so small (and I don’t have all the money in the world) I’ve been hesitant to get a juicer. I’m 99% positive I’ll get one, but before I do I want to make sure I enjoy different veggie and fruit combinations.

Anyone have any favorite combinations they drink?

My favorite recipe so far has been apple, beet, carrot, cayenne, cucumber, lemon, and kale. I think ginger and parsley/cilantro would be a great addition.

  • 1 apple
  • 1 beet
  • 1 carrot
  • Cayenne (I used probably 1/2 a tsp but feel free to use more or less)
  • 1 cucumber
  • The juice of half a lemon
  • 2 or 3 leaves of kale (I used ridiculously large, curly leaves)

Since I’m doing this in a blender, I did take some extra steps to ensure my combo was actually drinkable and not a glass of fibrous mud. I took my apple and peeled/cored it. Peeled my cucumber and seeded it. Peeled the beet. Removed the ribs from the kale. Used the juice of half a lemon. Peeled the carrots. Then I blended. And blended. And blended. I used some water to thin out the mixture, which helped. I’m pretty sure my blender has never worked that hard. I tried to strain the mixture with mixed results and it ended up being somewhere in between the consistency of a smoothie and juice.

The final result tasted delicious and while I’m no nutritionist, I’m pretty sure it’s quite healthy for you. It also provided a great pick-me-up and a nice amount of energy! ALMOST as good as an espresso.

I can eat junk food the rest of the day now that I’ve had something healthy, yeah?

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