Cool as a Cucumber

It has been the most beautiful sunny week! I could go on for ages about how much I love summer (I’ll spare you). One thing I always struggle with during the summer is staying hydrated. One of the most hydrating veggies is cucumber, so I decided to incorporate it into my juice this week. Which, by the way, was so good. I love eating and drinking pineapple, it’s so sweet and delicious and finally affordable now that it’s summer.

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This juice wasn’t too sweet, too earthy, or too spicy. It can be risky trying out new recipes (like that time I juiced broccoli and it was so weird), but these ingredients worked really well.

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Wash everything, remove the skin from the pineapple and the seeds from the apples. This made two!

  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 limes
  • 3 gala apples
  • chunk of ginger

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Pineapple is packed with potassium and vitamin C, as well as small amounts of other vitamins and minerals. Cucumbers also have a ton of potassium, and high amounts of vitamin A. Because they have such a high water content they make a great ingredient to add when you need a little extra hydration. Overall this juice covers a lot of your bases: vitamin A and C, potassium, micronutrients, as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Can’t go wrong with a sweet healthy treat!

Heard it through the Grapefruit

Summer is finally here, and I’ve been running around getting as much wedding stuff done as possible. Admittedly, I’ve been ignoring this blog, but I’m hoping to get back on track (and I have some sweeeet recipes comin’ at ya this week).

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It took forever to decide what this juice would be. After suggesting it a million times, I finally took Esrah’s advice and decided to use grapefruit in this recipe. I generally don’t like grapefruit juice – it’s bitter, not overly sweet, makes my tongue tingle (okay, so maybe that’s a slight allergy); however, this ended up being pretty good. This juice was bitter and subtly sweet. The cucumber added a nice touch, taking away from some of the bitterness of the turmeric. All in all, the flavours worked pretty well together, and I’d definitely make this again with some tweaks (I’d add orange next time!).

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  • 4 carrots
  • 3 grapefruits
  • 1 cucumber
  • knob of turmeric
  • knob of ginger

Turmeric and ginger have many health benefits, including being rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Grapefruit is great for your blood pressure, heart, and immune system as it is full of vitamin C. Carrots have a ton of vitamin A, making them great for your eyes and skin. Finally, cucumber packs a rehydrating punch, as it consists of mostly water. If you’re looking for something a little different, but still want something with a great taste, this one’s for you!

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Say It Ain’t Cilantro

Back at again after taking a break for a week – last week was hectic! When I wasn’t starting work in the morning I was busy in the evenings, from family visits to dogsitting. Needless to say, I didn’t have time to make juice!

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So for this week I decided to go all out – I think I pulled out every green ingredient I could find in our kitchen for this one. I generally don’t like juice if it isn’t sweet, but this was amazing! Really awesome flavours and so good for you, too.

This makes enough for two. Remove the seeds from your apples, wash everything, and you’re all set.

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  • 3 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 bunch of spinach
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 lime
  • a chunk of ginger

This might just be my new favourite green juice. Not only is it packed full of vitamin A and potassium, but spinach adds massive amounts of other nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and folate. It’s good for you all around, supporting a healthy body in all aspects, and it tastes great, so get it in ya!

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You Spinach My Head Right ‘Round

What a sweet summer Sunday. This is usually our grocery day, otherwise known as us hoarding as many fruits and vegetables as we can fit into our $100 budget. I just finished off a 6 day work week and was looking for a bit of a refresher, and this juice did the trick.

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Green juice is just the best. Pick a leafy green (or two), a little water content (celery, cucumber), a little sweetness (apple, orange, pineapple) and a little zest (lime, lemon, ginger) and you’re good to go. The possibilities are endless.

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  • 1/2 a bunch of spinach
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 4 small apples or 2 big ones
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lime

This was so simple, but so delicious. And just look at that colour!

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Spinach is full of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, and even a little bit of vitamin C. Kale also has lots of calcium, potassium, as well as vitamin C and folate. The apples add a little extra vitamin C, in addition to potassium and vitamin A. Limes, of course, also add a pop of vitamin C. This juice is a great immune booster, good for your eyes, bones, and skin, and helps to reduce blood pressure. What’s not to love?

Mint to Be

I made this juice last week but forgot to post it sooo, hello from last Thursday! This one was so delicious. As I’ve said before I’m really into green juice lately. I’m getting tired of the same root vegetables, and my all my favourite fruits are still not quite in season, so green juice is a great compromise for me! I’ve been striving towards being as healthy as possible before the wedding (and in general), and green juice is a great way to get some vitamins and minerals in, rather than eating a bunch of junk food. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the snack lyfe, but moderation is key. For instance, I’m eating leftover pizza as I type this, but I also ate healthy fruits and vegetables all day. It’s all about the balance.

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I think because I used an entire bunch of spinach, this juice was basically glowing green. I was a little worried about mixing lime, ginger, and mint together, but it ended up tasting really good. They’re all fairly strong flavours but they worked so well together, especially with the cucumber and pear to balance it out.

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This made enough for 2 and a bit. Wash everything, peel the limes (and ginger if you’re feeling ambitious) and you’re all set. Because I don’t have the best juicer, I will bundle up the leafy greens and other soft ingredients between the harder ingredients so they go through a bit better. Do whatever works for you!

  • 3 pears
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • a knob of ginger
  • 5/6 sprigs of mint
  • 2 limes

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Spinach is super rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, folate, and vitamin A, making it good for your hair, skin, bones, and blood pressure. Pears add additional potassium, vitamin A, and trace amounts of other vitamins and minerals. Cucumbers, which are predominantly made up of water, are a great hydrator to add to any juice, and contain small amounts of all the good stuff. All in all, full of good stuff, tastes great, 10/10.

 

Kiwi Belong Together

What a beautiful week we’re having! It’s finally starting to feel like summer, which means my favourite fruits are finally in season. Peaches! Watermelon! Kiwis! Expect some delicious fruity concoctions in the next few weeks, because I am so ready.

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I’m on a bit of a green juice bender. It’s so refreshing! There’s nothing better than cucumber or celery after a solid workout (so rehydrating!), especially when it’s warm out. And I’m way more likely to consume green veggies if I drink them. So this juice is a little refresher for a beautiful sunny day. It ranks as one of my favourites for sure – it almost tastes like a mojito.

I’ve never juiced a kiwi before so I wasn’t sure if I should peel it or not, but I don’t have the best juicer so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to peel. Remove the seeds from the apples and pears, wash everything, and you’re golden. Be prepared for some separation with this one! Just give it a shake before you drink it if you don’t plan on drinking it right away. This made enough for 2 and a little extra.

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  • 4 kiwis
  • 3 pears
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1/2 a cucumber
  • a couple stalks of mint
  • 1/4 of a lemon

Overall this juice is great for your eyes and skin. Kiwis are packed with vitamin C, A, and folate, as well as potassium, and small amounts of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Granny Smith’s, cucumbers, and pears are also full of vitamin A and potassium.

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Kale yeah!

I’m back from Smithers today, after a wonderful relaxing week with my mom and my best dog friend. You never realize how much you value spending time with people until you have to say goodbye.

I love green juice! Seriously, I go nuts with green juice. When I first started making smoothies and juices my favourite was always green juice. 

I added cilantro to this last minute, and it added a pleasant unexpected freshness. Even the fiancé, who refuses to put cilantro in anything, enjoyed this one.


This made enough for two and a little extra. Wash everything real good, remove the seeds from the apple, peel the lemon (or don’t but I’ll judge you).  

  • 2 bunches kale
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 3/4 of a cucumber
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 lemon
  • handful of cilantro


This was seriously like an earthy green lemonade. Kale is full of calcium and potassium, as is celery which also has a bunch of vitamin A. Cucumber and granny smith’s also have lots of potassium and vitamin A. The moral is drink this one for potassium and vitamin A, friends. It’s good for your body.