What’s In My Juice??
"What do you juice?" I’m frequently asked this question, and here’s my very easy answer: generally, I juice whatever I find in my fridge! I like to keep it stress-free and simple. That being said, I do shop weekly for juicing items, so I’ve usually got good stuff on hand–although ingredients depend a lot on what’s in season, on sale, and what caught my eye while shopping. Really though, I’ll throw pretty much anything green into that juicer!
Variety is good–nutritionally and taste-wise, and as often as possible, my juicing items are local and organic. I stick to "meatier" veggies, as my particular juicer has a tougher time with "frilly," soft-leafy items. Other than that, I’m not too picky about ingredients and am always raiding sale bins; I tend to think of any veggie as a good thing, although I’m careful to add some sweet, as just greens can be a bit **cough** brisk! I do tend to stay away from too much beet juice as I experience a very impressive sugar high from these little guys! Boing, boinb, boing…Here’s my basic juice formula:
- Cucumber–half to whole
- Dark Greens–sometimes kale, sometimes chard or collards or whatever else catches my eye–this is the Main Event
- Burdock Root/Ginger–smallish hunk–too much ginger is really bitter
- Celery-2 stalks
- Whatever Else I’ve Got Laying Around
This morning, for instance, I juiced the following:
- 1 Baby Bok Choy
- 3 Carrots
- 2 Celery Stalks
- 2 Small Picking Cucumbers (they were cheap)
- Collard Greens
- Burdock Root
- 1 Yellow Squash on it’s last little yellow leg
I use a Breville Juice Fountain Elite, which I’ve had for about 3 years and LOVE LOVE LOVE, although there are a lot of quality juicers out there.
I juice at least once a day, though most of the time I come home in the afternoon or evening and juice again just because it makes me feel great and combats that afternoon slump. Happy Juicing!!