If you are new to drinking the common “healthy” vegetable and fruit blend pressed juice, you may notice that sometimes your taste buds find fresh mix juices to be slightly “earthy“. This is because of the blend of vegetables in these juices that give off a strong earthy type of flavor and if your taste buds are not used to this type of flavor, it may take a few juices to get used to it. But sometimes, an easy fix to this is to add an extra sweet source fruit such as an apple. But, be careful not to turn your healthy juice into a high sugar blend in a glass by using too many fruits!
I finally pulled out my juicer after shoving it in my cabinet for more than a year after moving into our new apartment. When my husband and I first got married, we juiced and made smoothies often. Then, as both of our jobs became more hectic and lifestyles became consumed in other needs, making fresh vegetable and fruit juice blends became a bit of a tedious project every week. Like anything, a habit takes a bit of consistent work. We built a habit by consistently making sure we had something healthy and natural to sip on in our refrigerator but after a few moves, re-locations, and new jobs, a new (bad) habit formed, which was to stop making our delicious fresh juices. I truly regret getting out of the habit of making these juices as they used to make both of us feel so refreshed daily. So to start off fresh with the new spring season, I made the decision to start juicing again.
Now, when I say I “juice”, I want to clarify that I do not use juices as a meal replacement or a detox. To have a healthy and fit body, I highly recommend a well-balanced meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add a vegetable and fruit blend juice as a post-workout recovery drink or just a little “pick me up” refreshment throughout your day.
I am sharing a basic green pressed juice recipe that I really enjoy and think that it is perfect for beginners who are not used to these type of juice. This green juice has a blend of lemony, sweet, and refreshing taste to it. I hope you give it a try!
2 medium green apples (cut in halves)
3 large stalk of celery
1 large cucumber
1/2 thumb ginger root (peel off skin or leave it on)
1 whole lemon (use half if you want a less tangy flavor)-Peel off the skin
3-4 cups of fresh spinach
Cold-Press or Centrifugal Juicer (I used Breville Juice Fountain Duo HERE)
Large airtight mason jar for storage (in case you don’t drink it all right away)
Start out by putting in the tough fruits or vegetables first such as the apples, celery, cucumber, etc. so that the juice starts working to liquefy those touch skins first. I also like to throw in the ginger in between other vegetables to assure it gets juiced and is evenly distributed. After I have juiced all of my vegetables and fruits, I like to go back into my jar that collected the “pulp”, form it into large balls and put it through the juicer again at a very low speed. You’d be surprised how much more juice you can get out of that pulp/fiber!
Enjoy cold by pouring over ice (I find that all juices taste better NOT at room temperature).
If you’re saving it for later – store your juice in an airtight mason jar, refrigerated, for up to 3 days!