Fresh Squeezed… | Whole Green Love

19 Dec

Who ever said juice had to be boring, or always purchased in a carton? I find it sad when you are walking down the beverage aisle and you look at all the names of the juices. They sound so delicious and they have beautiful pictured fruit on the label. Low and behold you look at the back label and it says 5% juice! Plus, to top it off it’s loaded with high fructose corn syrup. Now doesn’t that just sound appetizing? No thank you, I‘ll take fresh fruit or vegetable juice any day without all the added extras.

Always do a little Sherlocking to ensure you are drinking what you intended to drink. Read those back labels or a fun alternative –  make your own juice! Yep, that’s right folks, I’m talking about fruit and veggie juicing…and it doesn’t get fresher than that! There isn’t much of a science to juicing, just pick some of your favorite fruits and veggies and you’ll be guzzling real juice goodness in no time.

Our juicing station

New to juicing? No fret…you will have to invest in a juicer, but you can keep your eye out for a good sale at a department store, or even a resale shop near you may have what you are looking for. No need to get the best of the best juicer. If it juices, you are set to go! Plus, you will be able to juice to your hearts content. A little investment for a great cause and your body with thank you over and over again.

I wanted to share with you one of my favorite juicing recipes. It uses fairly accessible fruits and veggies that you can find year round in the grocery store. Also, these fruits and veggies are ones you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for.  I knew you’d like that as much as I do! Anyway…enough jabbering – on to the ingredient list:

2 Granny Smith apples

1 Cucumber

1 Lime

1 Bartlett pear

It’s as simple as that! Make sure to wash your fruits and veggies, so they are nice and sparkling clean, especially if they are non organic and have a waxy coating on the outside. The usual culprits of the wax are cucumbers and apples, so give them a little extra love when you are washing them. All of these ingredients go into the juicer whole, or cut to fit in the juicer opening. We want every antioxidant goodness these fruits and veggies have to offer, skin and all. This recipe makes about 2 servings worth of juice. This juice is fantastically GREEN! It is sweet, light, and refreshing all at once. Your taste buds will enjoy the ride on all of the fresh flavors that are packed in this little drink. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are readily available for your body to scoop up and make use of! By juicing you are cutting out some of the fiber content, which allows you to pack in more fruits and veggies and all of their nutritional benefits.

Green juiced goodness

Make sure to clean your juicer right when you are done using it. It makes clean up much easier when the pulp and produce remnants haven’t had time to dry and harden. Trust me I have done it…it’s not fun. Elbow grease was required. I suggest either looking juicing recipes up online or investing in a juicing book to get ideas of what you would like to try. Don’t give up if you make one and it turns out less palatable…I have made a few in my day. Give that recipe a mental note (Never again) and move on to other fantastic flavor combos. The possibilities with juicing are endless, you are sure to never get bored. This is a great way to keep your immune system rocking during these winter months. Fighting those viruses and bugs…one cup of juice at a time.

Happy juicing friends!

For those of you who have juiced before, what are you favorite flavor combos?

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