Juicing for a New Year

Happy New Year!

I hope you managed to make it through the holiday season unscathed and like me invigorated for the upcoming year. We’re almost done with school break and I’m jumping for joy at getting back to a regular schedule. I love having the kiddo home, but I’m a creature of habit and I get cranky when I loose my normal schedule. Today I want to talk to you about juicing.

One thing I like to do after a month or so of holiday indulgence is to juice fresh produce. I’m not what you would call a “full time juicer” but I do enjoy fresh juice to help clear out my system and get more energy.  I have learned over the years that I have to be careful what I juice. I’ve inadvertently triggered migraines from juicing the wrong things – think about it, 100% pure essence of the vegetable, no fiber to dilute it as it moves through your digestive track. Now knowing this, I use spinach as my base – my husband uses kale, but alas kale gives me massive migraines if I drink it juiced.

It’s also important that you have a good juicer. You want one that doesn’t give you too much wet pulp when it’s done juicing. I have a Jack LaLanne that I absolutely love. I’m actually on my second one since we got married. You also might want to look for one with a large shoot, that way you don’t have to waste a ton of time cutting up your produce/fruit prior to juicing.

Last week I had quite the curb score – one of my neighbors was giving away an AeroPilates reformer for FREE! Woop woop. So of course I jumped on that bad boy. I’ve been working out happily every other day and am happy to report that my tendon injury is feeling better after every workout. Here’s to a great 2018!

Juicing for a New Year

Heather’s Green Juice
1 bag washed baby spinach
2 gala apples, quartered, seeds removed
2 celery stalks, washed
1” long piece of fresh ginger, peeled
Juice of ½ a lemon – squeeze this in after you’ve juiced, I’ve read that you should not juice citrus rind as it can be toxic

Turn on your juicer, most juicers suggest letting them run 30-60 seconds prior to putting in any produce
Fold spinach into packets and place in the shoot, press down with the plunger – make sure you don’t press too hard, you’re just guiding the vegetables into the machine not forcefully pushing them onto the blade
Next juice the apple, celery and ginger
Turn off the machine and pull your cup away from the machine
Lastly add in the juice of ½ a lemon – lemon brightens up your juice and adds a little extra punch to the overall drink

Heather’s Green Juice
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 bag washed baby spinach
  • 2 gala apples, quartered, seeds removed
  • 2 celery stalks, washed
  • 1” long piece of fresh ginger, peeled
  • Juice of ½ a lemon – squeeze this in after you’ve juiced, I’ve read that you should not juice citrus rind as it can be toxic
Instructions
  1. Turn on your juicer, most juicers suggest letting them run 30-60 seconds prior to putting in any produce
  2. Fold spinach into packets and place in the shoot, press down with the plunger – make sure you don’t press too hard, you’re just guiding the vegetables into the machine not forcefully pushing them onto the blade
  3. Next juice the apple, celery and ginger
  4. Turn off the machine and pull your cup away from the machine
  5. Lastly add in the juice of ½ a lemon – lemon brightens up your juice and adds a little extra punch to the overall drink

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