Soooo, the New Year is upon us, I am a hypochondriac with a kid barfing phobia. Flu season has a stranglehold on the neighborhood I live in (I’m not kidding, the High School was just shut down because of a flu outbreak). That right there has me putting on my full body condom. Oh, and I personally just got over praying to the porcelain princess. Only one cracked rib this time from retching. So awesome. Yeah, I would say it is time to bust out the juicer. I have the Breville Fountain Multi Speed Juicer and she is amazing. Simple to use and easy to clean.
I like juicing for a bunch of different reasons, one of which being the fact that my kids are into it. They love help making the juice and have just as much fun drinking it. Their little green mustaches are pretty cute too. This whole juicing process has also opened up dialogue with the kids and I about food, where it comes from and why we should eat, or drink, (wink wink) more fruits and veggies. And we could totally use more of all of it in our diets. Juicing is a great way to get the essential vitamins needed in our daily diets. I mean, it’s not often I have 8 leaves of kale, an apple, 2 carrots, some celery, a cucumber and a blaster of some ginger all in one sitting. I like my bread. Need to eat less. And I have also been known to hammer down inappropriate amounts of chocolate. All of my sisters are addicts. Its a problem. Juicing = All Good Things.
I also whole heartedly believe that food is our best medicine. Part of the beauty that comes with juicing is the fact that you can literally create juices around ones healing needs. Maybe someone has a cold or a “sour stomach”, as Nicole calls it. You can literally make a juice for anything. Juicing is also a great way to go through all of your produce in your fridge. I call that juice, “The Everything But the Kitchen Sink Juice”.
My go to reference for juicing is The Juice Bible. The title does not lie. Besides a ton of juice recipes, the JB lists about every fruit and veggie under the sun, their description, healing properties, and storage requirements. I have learned a TON from this “juicing handbook”.
My personal fave is a kale pineapple juice with lime and cilantro. It’s green and fresh with just enough sweet. I could literally drink this by the pitcher. It is delish! (PS: I love when pineapple is ice cold when using for juicing). This juice can also be made by blending the ingredients. I have had it both ways, great either way. Lauren uses the Nutri Bullet but I hear the Blendtech is where it’s at. Nicole LOVES hers.
Ingredients for kale pineapple juice
8-10 kale leave
1 whole lime
handful of cilantro
1 c. pinapple
Since William has decided to be the walking germ magnet this season, I thought a nice little immunity cocktail would be good for his soul. I took this right from The Juice Bible itself.
2 stalks celery
1 clove garlic
1 1/2 in. piece ginger root
The little dude took it down like it was a shiny can of coca cola.
So there you have it. I have to say, since juicing has become so popular, you don’t have to actually own a juicer to have a great fresh juice. Juice bars are all over the place. For my local readers, if you haven’t had a juice at Mariano’s, you should. The Protein Bar has great raw juices as well. Give it a try if you haven’t! You will love it and be glad that you opted for that over the hoagie in aisle 7.