Sunday, May 18, 2014

Weekend Cooking; Juicing

{Rise and Shine Juice}

For the last few months I've kickstarted my day with hot water and lemon.  It is refreshing and a great way to cleanse the body before you eat breakfast.  My inspiration was an article I read in my Yoga Journal magazine. I plan to keep this habit up even as the temperature starts to heat up (anytime soon would be great!) and recently I was reminded of an old routine I once had.

My friend Patty started juicing recently and she practically glows at work!   She shared some of her morning juice with me last week and I liked it.  She and I share food recommendations back and forth as we chat at school because we both try to eat healthy.  Her juice was so yummy I decided to dust off my Juiceman Jr. this morning and whip up some morning time juice.

I could not locate the exact recipe Patty shared with me from the Just on Juice website but a quick web search gave me this recipe at Giada De Laurentis's Food Network page for what I thought were close ingredients.

Rise and Shine Juice


5-6 ounces baby spinach leaves, rinsed
2 apples, cored and halved
2 medium carrots, scrubbed and halved
2 celery sticks

1/2 large lemon
One 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled



Pass the spinach, apples, carrots, celery, lemon juice and ginger through a juice maker, according to the manufacturer's directions. Pour the juice into 2 ice-filled glasses and serve.

It tasted great and it was more orange than green. My husband tried it and said it was far better than he though it would be. Groovy Girl surprised me and backed away as if I were her worst nightmare.  Suffice it to say she won't be borrowing the juicer for awhile.

I used to juice and then I quit because I felt bad for all that pulp (fiber from the veggies) I dumped into the compost bin.  It seemed like a lot of work for one beverage-a delicious and healthy one but still isn't it better to actually eat your veggies I concluded. Plus I had a toddler roaming at my heels and it was hard to keep up. The glow my friend Patty has developed is appealing though.

While I drank my orange glassful of juice and after she'd backed up from me Groovy Girl said "Now look you've had all those veggies and it isn't even lunchtime!"  So wise that little one.

This post is linked to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking meme even though there was absolutely no cooking done for this post.  Click her link to find many other food-related posts.


Laurie C said...

Whenever I have veggies at breakfast, I wonder why I don't do it more often. It feels so good! ;)

Beth F said...

Have you thought about smoothies? You get to keep all that fiber and still drink your veggies.

JoAnn said...

I'm not much of a juicer, but I do enjoy a smoothie now and then!

Couscous & Consciousness said...

You just reminded me that I used to often start the day with warm water and lemon juice and I always felt great. Not sure how I let that habit slide and began to dive straight for the coffee machine first thing in the morning! - I clearly need to reappraise my early morning habits.

I love juices too - I think the thing that puts me off the most is the amount of effort involved in cleaning the machine - especially first thing in the morning. Still I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to make juice the night before and have it already chilled when I get up in the morning. I certainly like the idea of starting off the day with a glow on :-)