Watermelonely Without You

I’ll admit, I made this mostly just for fun. I had half a watermelon, an ever-growing mint plant, and it was a beautiful hot day. So. Refreshing.

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A juicer is really not necessary to make this, and unless you don’t use a centrifugal juicer, I’d recommend not using a juicer. A blender, a nutribullet, or even a hand mixer, will all do the trick. I’m thankful I thought, last minute, to throw on an apron “just in case.” The explosion of watermelon that followed was as funny as it was messy. Lesson learned!

I bought a strain of mint called Strawberry Mint, and it has the sweetest, loveliest scent and taste. I thought it would make great mojitos, but I see myself using it in lots of juices this summer as well.

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  • 1/2 a watermelon
  • a couple sprigs of mint
  • optional: vodka 😉

No real instructions here. Blend on a hot summer day, and enjoy!

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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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