I’ve been spending the past couple of weeks casually browsing kijiji searching for a secondhand juicer because I didn’t want to spend another $100 on a kitchen appliance (remember my “minimalist kitchen” thing? yeah, that’s not a thing anymore). Unfortunately kijiji can be a bit tricky and every time I inquired about someone’s juicer they had for sale they had always literally “just sold it to someone else.” I couldn’t stand being the juicer runner-up, so like any millenial would, I took to twitter and lamented my fruitless (har-har) search for a juicer. Lucky for me, one of my girlfriends replied that she was considering selling hers. Less than 12 hours later I was carrying my very own juicer in the pannier of my bike and I was so excited to juice everything.
I know that juicing is latest and greatest wellness fad on the go right now, and forgive me if this post is a little bit bandwagon-hoppy, but oh my god, I’ve wanted a juicer ever since a then 90-year-old Jack LaLanne was doing the infomercials on Sunday mornings about how juicing has made him basically a superhuman. And guys, if there’s anything that I want out of like, it’s to be superhuman.
I mean, people are 100% right when they say that juicing is inconvenient. The amount of gross damp veggie and fruit guts you have to clean up afterwords with a scrubber brush makes juicing a little bit of a bummer. But the juice is ah-may-zing.
Green juice in action! also pictured: pile of bacon! this is balanced living at it’s finest, folks.
So I’ve been into doing the green juice thing since buying my juicer, and it’s pretty much bliss in a glass. This is roughly what I use:
- 1 medium sized green apple
- 1/2 an english cucumber
- two handfuls of kale
- about 1/3 of lemon (peel and all)
- 1″ of ginger root
- (optional: throw in some broccoli to give it a more earthy taste)
I feel like it’s better than coffee in terms of waking me up in the morning, the blend of sour and sweet and general “KAPOW” kind of flavours really kickstarts my day. I also really like drinking a big glass of green juice after a workout to pull me through an evening of freelance work or writing without wanting to collapse into bed.
The other juice recipe I’ve been playing around with since getting a juicer a week ago is a carrot ginger combo. This was intense in the best kind of way. I feel like it would be an amazing way to ward off a cold/flu during the winter months. Here’s what goes in:
- 3 large carrots
- 1 medium sized orange
- 1/3 a lemon
- 1 inch of ginger
- optional because I haven’t tried it yet: call me crazy but I think this would be killer with just a dash of cayenne pepper thrown in.
When I made this juice the ginger was POWERFUL. I had some reservations about carrot juice because I’ve had some crappy v8 stuff that tasted like plastic water. But this is incredible. It’s sweet, it’s savoury, it’s tart! It’s also neon orange which is kind of like whoah. I’m also pretty sure you could take the left over pulpy stuff, mix it with the juice, heat it on the stove and have yourself some amazing carrot ginger soup.
I’m a total juice newbie, and I’m admittedly a bit intimidated by the juicing community who are all about limiting fruits to the very minimum and all about max veggie power. I’m super excited to getting into more advanced juicing with beets and swiss chard mixed in funky ways with a few different fruit combos.
If you like juicing things, or you’re super pro at juicing things, please point me in the direction of where to find some awesome juice recipes because I am a crazy-excited novice having way too much fun watching produce get pulverized.