Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Green Juice 101

Happy Tuesday!  Is it cold where you are?  We had quite the winter storm here in Ohio and I'm not looking forward to being out on the road today.  You could say that I love snow, but only on the weekends and not during the work week :)

Something that was on my bucket list for over two years was to buy a juicer.  In January of 2012, I went to Hawaii with my family.  You can read more on that here and here.  We stayed on Kauai and after tasting fresh juice at a farmer's market, life would never be the same.  I went home adamant that once I started a full-time job, I would purchase a juicer... but instead I bought a Tassimo for my 6 am commute :)

Flash forward to January of 2013 - I returned to Kauai with my family once again and just like before vowed that I was going to purchase a juicer ASAP once I returned home.  Just like before, I didn't buy it - I was too busy packing up apartment #23 and getting ready to move into my boyfriend's home.

Finally, this year in December, I bought my juicer, a Hamilton Beach from Target.  The price was right, not too high and not too low.  Definitely on the inexpensive side for a juicer, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't going to be one of those kitchen appliances that gets purchased and then barely ever used... like the dehydrator, which has only been used for kale chips and macaroons.

The verdict?  I love this little juicer but it's not the best quality one out there.  It doesn't extract much juice from apples, carrots or spinach.  A higher quality juicer would remove more juice, so someday down the road, maybe I'll upgrade.  For now though, this little wonder gives me the benefit of fresh juice with minimal cleanup.  I highly recommend!

Juicing purists would say that you need to consume the juice immediately after juicing due to oxidation, but my thought is that some green juice is better than no green juice and I don't have time at 5:45 am to be breaking out the juicer.  I don't think my fiance, who is still sleeping soundly, would appreciate that much either! and didn't on the days I actually juiced at 5:45 am

So, here's my favorite recipe!  I add lemon to preserve the juice and store in 16-oz mason jars.  This recipe makes enough for 3 days of juice.  Enjoy!

My Favorite Green Juice


2 cucumbers
2 red delicious apples
1/2 oz container of spinach
2 large heads of celery
1 large handful of cilantro
1/2 lemon

1. Wash your vegetables under cold water. Chop apple into 4 pieces and remove stem. Remove base of celery. Chop cucumber into 4 large pieces.  Peel lemon.
2. Feed celery into the chute of your juice, followed by the apples, spinach, celery, cilantro, cucumbers and lemon.
3. Store in mason jars, fill to almost the top line and refrigerate. Consume immediately or at most within 72 hours :)

What's your favorite juice recipe? 

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