First off, HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY, friends! To be completely honest, I was posting this green juice today — without thought of the holiday! How perfectly fitting! (I love when that happens!) Now on to the recipe!
Cucumber Mint Green Juice //
A few months ago, I bought my first juicer (after watching the fabulous documentary… Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead). I did my online research, as I wanted a juicer that got the job done well, without a huge mess to clean up afterwards. I also didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on my first one (in case my new found obsession became short lived). I ended up purchasing the Breville Compact Juice Fountain, after reading some excellent reviews. (For sure do some price comparison shopping because I found a site that offered 10% off your first purchase + free shipping, so I only spent around $85! I think I got a huge bargain!) I am happy to report that I’ve been using my juicer a few times per week ever since it arrived!
I put a lot of consideration into whether or not I should post a ‘juicing’ recipe on here, as I understand owning a juicer is somewhat of a luxury. For those of you that already own one… this is a delicious green juice recipe to add to your mix. For those of you that are considering a juicer… I say GO FOR IT! (It is such an excellent way to add fruits and vegetables into your diet!) For those of you wondering why you may want to juice, check out this lovely post on the site, Simple Green Smoothies, for information on the difference between juicing and blending. What I personally love most about juicing, is the instant boost of energy I feel after drinking a glass! It really helps in the afternoon when I am in the mid-day slump (which for me, is around 3 p.m. when the kids come home from school).
The ingredients are simple… and all very green! I purchase chopped, pre-rinsed, kale — to make my life a little easier. Celery, cucumber, green apple, lemon, lime and mint make up the other healthy ingredients. For this recipe, first process the kale (which you can replace with fresh spinach, if you’d like), followed by the stalks of celery, peeled cucumber, green apple, and then the several sprigs of mint. Turn off your juicer and add to the mixture, a squeeze of juice from one slice of lemon and one slice of lime. (Be careful not to overdue the citrus — it will make the juice overly tart!) Serve immediately and enjoy the health benefits!
- 3-4 cups chopped kale
- 3 stalks of celery
- ½ peeled cucumber
- a few sprigs of fresh mint
- 1 slice of lemon
- 1 slice of lime
- In a juicer, process the kale, celery, cucumber, and mint. Turn off the juicer, and add to the mixture, a squeeze of juice from a lemon and lime slice. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately. (You can keep half of the juice for later in the day by storing in a sealed container in the refrigerator.) Enjoy! Cheers to good health!