Beetroot & Ginger Juice

So, you know how I said my juicer was broken, then my wonderful hubster fixed it? It’s still broken. And we just bought some lovely fruit and veg for juicing. Of course. Anyway, I managed to juice one lot up before I gave up on the bloody thing.

I needed a decent juice. This long weekend has been pretty unhealthy for me. We celebrated O’s first birthday with a party on Saturday. I can’t even remember what happened yesterday (can you tell I’m tired?). But let me tell you, when you’re so used to eating “clean” and no sugar, dairy and minimal gluten, having a day or 2 of gorging on shit can really mess you around!

Sugar really affected me. I felt it almost instantly. And dairy affected Olivia (she is still letting some rippers go!). I was actually looking forward to eating like normal again once the party was over. And I love being able to say this is now our normal! It’s great to be able to see how crap I really felt though, it reassures me I’m definitely on the right path.

I thought I’d take a pic and share this juice with you. I know I’m always looking for new combination ideas!
This one has…
  • 1 beetroot (medium size!)
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 small oranges
  • 1 green apple
  • ginger

I added the green apple after the above picture was taken, obviously. I’m smart like that. I like my ginger to give my juices a decent kick so I added a fair bit. Especially when I’m juicing things like beetroot. I hate beetroot. So why are you juicing it?! Because I know it’s good for me! Huzzah!

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Juicing

Months ago my juicer broke and I’ve been using one of those old school citrus juicers and having an orange, grapefruit and lime juice every morning before breakfast. Maybe once a week I’d buy a “proper” juice when out and about with O and the hubby… but it’s hard to spent $6.50 on a juice when I know I could make double the amount for half that price at home. 

We thought about buying a new juicer but it’s low on the “thing we need to buy” list. So I just made do without. Hubby being the fixer he is, tried to soak the metal mesh basket of my juicer in vinegar and bicarb.

It was pretty clogged with “juice junk”… you could barely see through it. Perhaps that’s why my juicer wasn’t working anymore? It was worth a try.

I should add, my juicer is about 8 years old. I’m sure it’s ready to retire, and secretly I want a slow/cold press juicer anyway (xmas is coming, right? I’ve already researched the Hurom juicer!). I But today I cracked out the juicer again and gave it a whirl. And while it’s still not performing 100%, it worked! 
Now I’m excited to go juice shopping again! Meaning, fruit and veg for my juices.
Today’s juice was made from the few things I have in my fridge… we really need to do a grocery shop. Plus, I was craving something sweet.

It had 2 carrots, 2 oranges, 2 green apples and 1 lemon. I juice green apples because they are lower in sugar compared to the red varieties and help to digest carbs. Winning!

Hubby was going out for the day (apparently it’s something called work?) so I did another batch (2, 2, 2, 1) and put it in an old Loving Earth jar for him to take on the run.

It was delicious. And I have plenty of left over – it’s hard to pace myself with juices but I know it’s still full of sugars so I try my hardest to have just one big glass a day!

Tell me some of your favourite juice combos!

Green Smoothies

Drinking my greens is my favourtie way to get all those vegetables, vitamins and minerals into me. If I had to eat as many vegetables as I can easily drink, I’d be eating all day! And who honestly likes chewing on a kale leaf, or a celery stick all on it’s own? Not me… I’d rather mix it with lemon and cucumber and some ginger. Which wouldn’t be very easy to do if you were eating it as a solid, would it! But drinking a combination makes it more enjoyable and much easier to get extra goodness into you.

I usually juice my fruit and vegetables but my juicer recently went to heaven and now I’m using my blender. Which is far from the same… I still get chunky bits in my drink from the blender, something my juicer would never do to me! Oh how I miss you, juicer 😦 I’m sure if I was cashed up and could buy a Vitamix it would blend my vegies to a smooth and creamy consistency. What floaties?! I’ts not that bad – I’m still able to suck it all up through a straw!

Here is one of my current favourite green smoothie recipes.

Mean Green Smoothie

  • 1 lebanese cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • handful of parsley
  • ginger to taste

Blend all ingredients, serve over ice and drink immediately!

Do you drink your greens? Do you prefer juices or smoothies?