Friday, February 1, 2013

Green Zinger Juice


Today is the first day of my Whole30 and it's off to a semi-rough start because I opened the fridge this morning and downed a big guzzle of homemade berry kefir, which has become a habit. I didn't even think twice about it, but I'm not supposed to be eating dairy. Guess I'll tack on an extra day to the end... Whole31! It's a real thing.


I'm going to have to hide the off-limits stuff until I break that habit.

Darn.

Guess it's a good thing I'm doing this. Gotta get rid of some of this brain fog. Now where was I?


Right. No dairy. Bummer. Some cheeses and kefir will be what I miss the most.

Although, if I can still drink juice like this, I don't have much to complain about. I know I'm a little bit of an odd-ball. Most people don't relish raw juices, especially with a kick of raw ginger. It's not for the faint of heart, that's true. If you can't really cope, but want the benefits, put it in a small glass, plug your nose, and throw down!


I can appreciate the fact that vegetables are best in their whole form because of the fiber and what-not, but if I sat down to a plate of cucumber, apple, lime, spinach, and ginger, there are no promises that I'd finish it. When you juice it up, slamming the whole thing is a cinch.

Remember, if you're here strictly for the sweets, you're going to have to wait about 31 days! Meanwhile, I'll use this month to build up some killer entrees (hopefully).



Green Zinger Juice
Makes 3 4-ounce servings
It should go without saying, but wash all your produce very well and organic, when you can get it, is best.

1 large cucumber 
1 small apple, cored
1 lime, peeled
1 giant handful spinach, stems removed if desired
Die-sized piece of peeled fresh gingerroot

Cut all produce into pieces small enough to feed into your juicer.

I start with the spinach and end with a cucumber piece. Otherwise, go nuts. Do what you want.

Best enjoyed immediately.

If reserving some, place in the refrigerator in a covered container. Consume within the day.




22 comments :

  1. This sounds wonderful. I make drinks in my blender rather than juicing - I'll try to remember to let you know how that goes.

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    1. As long as you have a very powerful blender, I don't see a reason why it won't work!

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  2. Good luck! Love the bright green color.

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    1. Thanks Barbara. The color makes me feel like I'm glowing once I down it!

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  3. I cant believe you cant have keifer! Its so darn good for you! ;) Beautiful post and recipe!

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    1. Haha! Thanks Amanda! It's my latest obsession. I'm just cutting it out to make sure dairy isn't doing anything weird to me. I'm pretty sure it's not, but I'd like to know for sure.

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  4. I need this is my life right now. Good luck with it all! You can get through each day, I know it. I need a juicer!

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    1. Yes, you do need a juicer! They're really pretty fun, especially when you can load up on produce at the farmer's markets or you have a CSA. Right now, I'm going hour-by-hour, but I know I'll make it. I'm too stubborn not to!

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  5. This looks so good and I wish I juiced more. It just takes me forever to clean my juicer and is such a production! But this is beautiful & worth it!

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    1. Our old juicer was a serious pain to clean as well, but the one we have now isn't bad at all. And that's really saying something because I don't like to work too hard on my dishes, if you know what I mean :)

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  6. I think I need to try this! I have tried a couple of green juices, but this was one looks interesting!

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    1. I've done quite a few as well Jeni and this one is good for beginners because it's not too "green" tasting :)

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  7. This looks really good! I love green juice, it's my usual morning routine. It really does make you feel amazing. New follower:) Saw you at Back for Seconds.

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    1. I wish it was a routine for me, Erin! I only do it when I have an excess of produce or when planned. Thanks for the follow!

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  8. Yum! So healthy!!

    I love your photography by the way!

    Check out my blog if you get a chance. It would mean a lot to me!

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    1. Yes, it was delicious as well. Thanks Manu!

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  9. I am sooo making this!! Thanks for the recipe Loretta! :D

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    1. No problem Jess! I hope you like it!

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  10. This is gorgeous! I love lime in my smoothies and juices!

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    1. Usually if I have the option, I go with lime over lemon. I think the flavor is more interesting. Thanks for coming by Cassie!

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  11. I believe juice is favorite to everyone I also love juice I always try to make green juice in home and I have good knowledge in green juicing recipes.

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    1. Green juice is completely refreshing, isn't it Nahimas? Thanks for stopping by!

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