Juicing On a Dime
Odds are you’ve encountered at least one person on a juice cleanse and they are grumpy. While cleansing is, well, cleansing, juicing can happen anytime and can actually make you happy--imagine that! Veggies and fruits are a lot easier to drink on the go, and you get all sorts of of essential nutrients. While juicing outside of Minutemaid or Sunny D can be hard to justify as an expense (unless there’s vodka involved), you don’t need to buy a complicated (and expensive) juicer or visit fancy stores. Just take your margarita-making blender (or buy one at Bed Bath and Beyond for as low as $20) and voila--instant juicer. Here are some yummy (and healthy) recipes that I've been chugging as of late:
Life is a Pear of Cherries
Full of vitamins A,C, and E, as well as lutein (a collagen producer), this tasty juice helps fight aging (!). See? Juicing can save you from future fillers and derm appointments.
¼ cup of cherries
¼ cup cold water
Chop the apple and pear into cubes and de-pit the cherries. Combine everything with water and blend. You can drink it right away or refrigerate it for up to 2 days.
Kale is the king of the veggie world--meaning it’s full of calcium, anti-oxidants and vitamins. But it’s bitter, so agave nectar and lemons are essential to this juice.
1 bunch of kale, stems removed and leaves washed
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1 cup cold water
Combine everything in a blender and completely puree it. Pour the mixture through a small colander into a bowl (it’ll spill everywhere if you use a cup). Smush the puree with a spoon to make sure you get all of the juice into the bowl. Transfer the juice to a cup and add additional lemon or agave after tasting.
Beet The Toxins Out
After a rough night on the town, this juice will help calm your stomach and get the toxins moving through your digestive tract.
1 tablespoon peeled and chopped fresh ginger (1/2 ounce)
1/2 medium beet (4 ounces), scrubbed and coarsely chopped
2 medium carrots (4 ounces total), scrubbed and sliced
1/2 medium apple (4 ounces), cored and cubed
1/2 cup water
Peel and chop the ginger, scrub and chop the beet and carrots as well as cube the apple. Combine with water into the blender and puree. You can refrigerate this one for up to 2 days, just shake before serving.
Feb 01, 2013 - 01:31 AM