Last night while it was still 95 degrees at 9pm, I was looking for something cold and refreshing. So I decided to juice! Grabbed some watermelon, a handful of strawberries, 4 lemons, an orange, and 1 green apple. By far the best juice I have ever made. Sweet and tart, refreshing and clean on the palette.
I try and keep my juice pretty simple, but last night after a trip to the grocery store I decided to throw it all In the juicer and see what happened.
What happened was AMAZING!
The juice which came out was light, refreshing, and cooling in the 80 degree evening heat.
Juice theses ingredients in any order to make about 40 oz of juice
1 bunch kale
2 small green apples
2 small oranges
3 whole carrots
3 cups spinach
5 whole strawberries
It’s Monday night juicing! All these colors and flavors make me so happy! I love how a huge bowl of fresh stuff looks.
This morning’s smoothie was DYNAMITE – tart, sweet, and spicy. Made me want to drink a pitcher of it all day long!
If you do not have the ability to juice your own juice as is suggested below, using any cranberry, raspberry, blackberry or dark colored juice would be fine as you want that tartness from this (I would use the light version if possible). You can then add ginger and peppers into the smoothie itself to get the spicy flavor (which I love) or not, the choice is yours.
5oz Fresh squeezed juice (1 pint of blackberries, 1/2 a head of red cabbage, small piece of ginger, and 3 purple peppers – I also usually add a few slices of apple at the end to clear out all the vitamin rich pulp from the juicer)
3 oz 0%fat greek yogurt – Plain
2 cups spinach
1 small carton blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
You can blend in any order you like, but I usually start with the juice and yogurt for a minute or two, then alternatively add leafy greens and berries.
I also usually blend for a really long time. I am notorious for 6 minutes of blending as this gives a super smooth consistency even with items with seeds (like berries).
This morning after my usual 2 mile walk, I wanted something light but filling.
So I thought smoothie!
Usually I stuff it full of fruit and forget the veggies, but this morning’s slightly tart and delicious smoothie is a chameleon and you’d never know its full of leafy greens.
The key to making this smoothie really smooth is blending for extra time and in a certain order (since greens can make things slightly woody or gritty)
8oz light cranberry juice
4oz 0% fat, plain greek yogurt
1 c. Strawberries
1.5 c. Kale leaves rough chopped or pulled off the stem
1 c. Baby spinach
1/2 c. Raspberries
Start with the the cranberry juice, greek yogurt, and strawberries in the blender. Blend about 2 minutes till really smooth.
While the blender is still going, add the spinach and kale a few leaves at a time. Blend another 1 minute after the greens are added.
As the final step add the raspberries and pulse on high till they are blended in.
If you like your smoothie really cold, you could also add some ice in this step.
Put in a cold glass and enjoy!