I’ve wanted a juicer for a while, and now that I’ve had one for a few months, I feel like I can share a silly little game with you that I play with the Husband.
I knew that juicing would be a healthy choice. Juicing would allow me to absorb all of the nutrients in each fruit and vegetable that I choose. It would allow me to get in more than the minimum veggies required for a healthy diet without consuming an entire bushel of raw greens each day. And I would be able to increase variety. Our tastes are our tastes. We like what we like. That’s why we make the same exact salad all the time. But with juicing, I can toss in a few veggies that I wouldn’t normally enjoy eating whole and get the nutritional benefits.
But I had no idea that juicing vegetables would result in this fun little game. This is how we play. (Well, I play. The Husband just puts up with it.)
I juice something, and then I ask.
“Would you like some Grape Crush?”
He knows darn well I’d never bring Grape Crush into my house, but if I offered him cabbage juice, I know the response I’d get.
Then he tries to guess what vegetable made such vibrantly purple juice.
Would you have guessed red cabbage?
“How about an Orange Julius?”
While I do have an amazing dairy-free, sugar-free Orange Julius recipe that you must try, this is not it. It’s just pure carrot juice.
I’ve been making green smoothies with the Vitamix for a long time now. But extracting the juice from kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, and cilantro, brings green to a new level.
Who needs drugs when you can get a JOLT of WHAT THE HECK from sipping the nutrients compacted in a glass of kale?
“Would you like some green slime?”
I was enamored with Slime in the 70′s. Do you remember the slime that came in the little trash can? Juicing greens, and then blending the juice with brown rice and pea protein powder, and maybe even a frozen banana, makes a creamy, powerful breakfast.
“Would you like some Hi-C?”
The beetroot is well-known for its beautiful deep color, but I had no idea that juicing the beet greens would yield even more color and health benefits.
And then there are crazy colors that come from combinations like this.
“What would you like for dessert? Rainbow sherbet or cotton candy?”
(Doesn’t it remind you of the top of the punch at a baby shower?)
(Or a clown’s wig.)
I promise you, this is not Photoshopped (just bad night lighting). These are God-given colors, flavors, and nutrients for the taking.
After juicing, I pour it into the Vitamix, add a little protein powder, and prepare for the incredible rush of nutrients.
The girl cat is still a tad curious. That’s just her nature.
Such color, flavor, and goodness from a pile of organic produce.
My juice changes daily, but my favorite juice recipe revolves around this base.
Carrot Beet Power Juice
- 1 beet and beet greens
- 5 carrots
- 2 green apples
- 1 cucumber
- 1 handful of alfalfa
- 1 inch of ginger root
- 1/2 lemon (flesh only)
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1. Juice all fruits and vegetables.
2. Pour juice into the Vitamix, add protein powder, and blend until combined.
- Are you a juicer?
- What is your favorite fruit or vegetable to juice?
- What is your favorite combination?
Link’s to GFC’s Favorites:
- Fat Tuesday hosted by Jill of Real Food Forager
- Slightly Indulgent Tuesday hosted by Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free
- Gluten-Free Wednesdays hosted by Linda of The Gluten-Free Homemaker
- Sugar Free Sunday hosted by Raj and Sonia of Flip Cookbook
- Wellness Weekend hosted by Ricki of Diet, Dessert & Dogs
- Keep it Real Thursdays hosted by France of Beyond the Peel
- Healthy Vegan Friday hosted by Gabby of The Veggie Nook