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!

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.

 

Lime Yours

Can you tell I’m running out of citrus puns? The day I’m vitamin C deficient is the day I die. Oranges are the best. Ginger is the best. I want to put them both in every juice I make forever. Seriously.

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It was a beautiful day today, considering the horrible rain we’ve had lately (I’m a summer girl at heart). And! I’ve been having the worst allergies since I got back from Smithers – or maybe I’m just getting sick? Regardless, I thought I’d make a little sunshine in a glass to cure my seasonal woes, and this one was a kicker for sure.

This makes 2. Peel the citrus, remove the seeds if you want to save the pulp for muffins like me, and you’re set.

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  • 2 oranges
  • 2 really big grapefruits
  • 1 lime
  • 6 strawberries
  • big ‘ole piece of ginger

Of course, how could I not put ginger in this? At this rate I should start growing it. So spicy. So good for you. Are you tired of me talking about the health benefits of ginger? Good, here’s some more. It’s good for your digestion! Good for nausea! It reduces inflammation! What more could you want in a spicy lil root. Aside from the ginger, this juice is packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin A. There’s also some small amounts of folate, magnesium, and phosphorus. Good for your heart, and good for your metabolism, bones, and immune system. Get it in you!

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