Ginger ABBC+O Juice

This morning for breakfast we tried something different. Very different. I’m calling is Ginger ABBC+O Juice:

  • 1/2 red apple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 beet (i used 1/2 a can of beets since I didn’t have fresh)
  • 10 baby carrots
  • 1 orange
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 big leaf of lacinato kale
  • 1 piece of ginger (about the size of 2 nickels stacked on top of each other

This recipe started off as something I found on reboot.com, but the taste was WAY too much for either of us, so we started throwing some extra things in to improve the taste. The result was a lovely little pink drink, but don’t let it fool you…this baby is stout! If you are not a fan of beets or ginger, this one is not for you! I am actually not a huge fan of either, although I can take them in small doses. I even used a much smaller piece of ginger than the original recipe called for because I knew neither of us liked it very much, but alas, we are both left with that gingery taste in our mouths this morning…kind of like after you eat a lot of Chinese food. Once we added the banana and orange, the flavor was still strong but bearable. If I were to repeat this recipe I would leave the ginger totally out and only add a very small amount at the end if I thought it needed it. Which I probably wouldn’t think. ūüôā

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No-Longer-My-Enemy Juice!

Okay I will admit it. I HATE kale. It is my enemy! It is tough and bitter and quite frankly smells like farts to me. Yeah, farts! BUT I have been trying everything to figure out a way to sneak it into my life because every single thing I read shows that it is THE most nutrient-dense piece of vegetation on this planet! For example…..the ANDI food scoring method (the one you see in Whole Foods all the time) puts kale at the tippy-top of the list, with a perfect score of 1000 on their rating system (along with it’s evil cousin, collard greens! ewww!)

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But even knowing this, usually I end up twisting my face up in disgust because the kale tastes so awful to me or is so tough that I get a sore jaw from chewing it. BUT…that was before the Vitamix came into my life. Now I can pop some kale right on into that magic machine, add some fruits, and voila! It’s like the grassy icky-ness is not even in there! However…I have to have a certain mix of just the right think to kill the kale taste, and this morning, I found it! Blend this awesomeness up in your Vitamix and be amazed:

  • Two leaves of lacinato kale (also called dinosaur kale)
  • one orange
  • one frozen banana
  • half of a green pear
  • ice & water

This green goodness was so yummy I didn’t even get a picture because I was drinking it so fast (oops, sorry!) So kale is no longer my enemy, now that I’ve found a way to conquer it in the Vitamix! [insert Dr. Evil laugh here] Hope you can enjoy it too!

Carrot Ginger Juice

This morning I tried out a new juice in my beautiful, hoss of a machine, the Vitamix. I took it straight from the Vitamix cookbook, but then changed it a bit. Here it is:

  • 1 cup water
  • 18 baby carrots
  • 1 tsp lemon juice concentrate (from the little plastic lemon)
  • 1 cup ice

I blended this on high for about a minute but I could see it was very pulpy (and I love me some pulp so if I am saying that you know I’m serious!) so I stirred it, added a little extra ice and blended it for almost another minute. It came out beautifully orange! (duh!) and it was very watery except that the foam/some of the pulp rose to the top. It was a bit too much so I skimmed the foamy pulpy part off the top and added a dash of powdered ginger, then blended again.

The result was very refreshing and easy to drink. I did notice that the longer I let the juice sit, the more I noticed the pulp. Todd calls it “grit” and he has some serious texture issues when it comes to food, so he was not a big fan. I say drink it right away while it’s cold and watery…and you’ll get all kinds of yummy fiber and beta-carotene for your day! Your heart will thank you!

Cheers to your good health!

Green Goodness is For Real!

Many of you who know me personally have already heard me talk ad nauseum about our new household gadget, the Vitamix. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised because after finally deciding to purchase one after talking about it for over a year, my husband and I thought for sure we would die from having to wait the prescribed 7-10 days for shipping. However I placed the order and within 3 days, the enormous Vitamix box was on my front porch!

I was like a kid on Christmas morning, tearing open that big hoss of a box. Once you get through the box and the packing material to reveal the treasure inside, you can’t help but stand back for a minute and stare. The thing is a beast. It’s massive, heavy, and constructed like a tank. In fact, I’m not entirely sure it isn’t a tank. But anyhooo…

We’ve been happily juicing entire fruits all weekend and creating sugar-free sorbets and all that yumminess. But the big event for a Vitamix owner and for anyone who is into plant-based nutrition, is conquering The Green Smoothie.

What is The Green Smoothie, you ask? Well it’s more of an umbrella¬†term that is used for a wide variety of blended whole-food drinks that consist of a ridiculously large amount of fresh leafy greens (kale, spinach, etc…) combined with various combinations of fruit. Now, that doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, except for the following:

-Green, leafy vegetables are among the most incredible things God ever put on this planet. Their high nutritional values and easily digestible structure make them naturally¬†disease-fighting, nutrient-dense little leafy lovelies. Everyone should be eating them. LOTS of them. But that’s the thing…eating LOTS of these veggies can feel a little cumbersome sometimes, especially if you eat a mostly plant-based diet anyway…you start to feel a little¬†bit bovine, chewing all that cud 24/7. So what if you could get the same nutrition (including more antioxidants!) by drinking your leafy greens? Sounds great but also a little gross, right? There is a solution…

Enter The Green Smoothie. It allows you to combine these super-veggies that would normally not make such a delicious drink, with whole, natural fruits that do make delicious drinks. And the leafy greens literally get hidden inside the smoothie. Well, their color certainly doesn’t, but their taste definitely does. Today I created my first green smoothie, and I got the idea from another site (sorry, I can’t recall which one and there are a lot of sites with this particular concoction, so my apologies for not being able to credit the author on this one) and the person referred to it as an “Orange Creamsicle Green Smoothie.” You’ll know why when you taste it.

First I added 2 quartered navel oranges (these smelled awesome!) I had peeled the skin off but left the pith (the white part) because it contains nutrients and fiber that you’d normally miss eating the orange. The pith has a bitter taste, but when you blend it up in a Vitamix, you get the good stuff and you never know its there!¬† Then I added 2 giant handfuls of fresh organic spinach leaves (about 4 cups), 2 whole bananas (peeled) and about 3 cups of ice.

The Vitamix shredded all this up in about 90 seconds like it was nothing! I was left with this emerald-green beauty…but would it taste like Popeye’s spinach or would I, as many before me have claimed, not even be able to taste the greens?

WOW. Turns out that the claims were true. I took a big sip, half expecting to want to spit it out, but found myself enjoying the creamy orange-banana flavor of this mysterious Green Smoothie. I cannot wait for Todd to get home so he can become a convert too. I’m even taking some of the smoothie to book club tonight so the gals can sample its wonderfulness.¬†

I just drank my salad and several servings of fresh fruit, people!  And I LOVED it!