“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number you get in a diamond.”~Mae West
I have always wanted to do vegetable juice, but was afraid of drinking earthy grass-water. In truth, I had never really made a vegetable juice on my own and didn’t really have any idea that they could be SO DARN GOOD!
Last Saturday we had friends over for breakfast and in an attempt to have non-coffee option I decided to get out my beastly juicer. It is one of those high-speed centrifugal things. I here they aren’t that great, but it is all I have.
My problem with juicing is that all the fibre from the fruit and vegetables get flung aside into the waste catcher. As I was trying to juice herbs without them simply being also flung into the catcher without actually juicing I realised that what I needed was a super high power blender of sorts to completely smash fruit, veggies and herbs into smoothie/juice.
By some kind of divine serendipity, that night I went to a women’s dinner where a couple of people were doing some food demonstrations, one made a green smoothie that her kids happily drink daily (it was very yummy) and the other was showing off the ever controversal Thermomix. I had always thought of them as something you got if you weren’t really into the whole cooking process, but the different style of demo I saw on Saturday night was all about using it in a way that enhances your love of cooking, making your food more nutritious and fresh. I’m not going to go into detail here, but let’s just say it got me interested enough to have a full demo at my house sometime in the next couple of weeks (message me if you are interested in coming).
Back on track, the smoothie from this high-powered blender was like juice. There was no texture, yet all of the fibre was retained. There was no waste. It was great.
For the breakfast, I assumed by looking at the ingredients list that my ids would not want to partake in green veggie juice, so I made them something fruity. In reality, they loved the green juice and we adults were left with the fruit juice. Go figure.
Again, Lola Berry is to thank for this juiceperation.
Unless I specifically state, all are with the skin on, unless you are using you Thermomix, then maybe take the skin off all the citrus as best you can and go for the smoothie juice!
Green and Mean
- 2-3 handfuls of baby spinach leaves
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored
- 1 cucumber
- 1 handful of corriander
- 1 handful of mint
- 1 inch of ginger, roughly peeled
- 1 lime
Bloody Good Orange
- 2 oranges, peeled
- 2 Granny Smith apples, cored
- 1 quarter Lemon
- 4 purple carrots
Enjoy over ice!