Thursday, November 15, 2012

Juicing for breakfast and lunch: Recipe day 1

I'm back to juicing this morning. Once you go to the grocery and buy four bags of fresh fruits and vegetables you've kinda committed. What the hell else are you going to do with an entire grocery bag of kale and 15 pounds of carrots.

Kale, cucumber, pear,
apple, green grape juice.
Breakfast and lunch today.
I'm taking a different approach this time as an experiment; instead of doing a strict juice cleanse I will be substituting breakfast and lunch with juice and having a normal dinner with the family. I usually feel a bit guilty (er, jealous) when the family is sitting down to eat together and I'm off in a corner sulking because I'm on a cleanse and only get liquid kale (yeh!). However, in the morning when I'm rushing out the door, and for lunch at work, I really don't care what I eat - whatever is fast and there.

I am a big supporter of juicing and drinking it within an hour - the juice has the highest level of nutrients and antioxidants during this time. This was something that was actually holding me back from doing a cleanse the past few months; I just don't have the time in the morning and I'm at work without my juicer in the afternoon. Juicing on demand right now is just not possible.

Well, I'm breaking my own rules. Fresh juice is good for you even if you drink it the next day. Or even after two days. The stuff you buy in the store is months old!

This time around I'm juicing at night before I go to bed and storing it in sealed Mason jars for the next day's breakfast and lunch. This actually solves a few problems for me at once. I suck at bringing a lunch, bread + cheese or peanut butter is typical. Bringing nothing at all is also typical which 'forces' me (yeh, really have to twist my arm) to get Chipotle. Financially and in terms of waistline this is not what I want. I also suck at eating breakfast. Before children I had nice things like oatmeal with fruit, or an egg on wheat toast. I actually cared about my own personal health and hygiene. Now I'm either sneaking out of the house very quickly before the kids wake up so I can get to work at a reasonable time, or I'm spending all morning getting kids ready and out the door because it's my turn to drop them off. Those quiet mornings of checking email and enjoying breakfast were shot dead long ago along with long showers and a clean house.

Anyway. Juice.

Todays recipe:

  • Approx. 10 stalks of organic Kale 
  • 1 large organic apple 
  • 2 organic pears
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 cup of green grapes
I follow the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Guide when it comes to buying organics. 

This recipe divided perfectly into two pint Mason jars.
I love adding cucumber to juice recipes. It has a very crisp, fresh taste. This recipe was not overpowering at all in terms of that 'grass' taste some green juices can have. Sweet, but not thick sweet. Really a great morning drink. 


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