You may recall my post on What She Said from last June in which I proclaimed my love and appreciation for the NutriBullet. I am happy to say that my “extractor extraordinaire” is still cranking out the hits and maintains its role as my sous chef.
I recently adopted the juicing guideline: juice vegetables, but eat fruits. I prefer to do this with organic produce but will sometimes settle for non-organic goods so long as they are not part of the dirty dozen.
My favorite is green juice. The recipe for this changes depending on my mood and what is readily available. Mostly it is comprised of green vegetables with organic garlic, ginger and lemon juice added for taste.
This probably isn’t the ideal recipe for those who don’t like their juices to taste earthy because there is nothing sweet about this drink, except maybe its benefits. I typically drink one to three 24-ounce glasses per day, in addition to regular meals. The green juice makes for a great snack or pre-meal treat, especially if you don’t want to overindulge.
Usual green juice ingredients: celery, kale, cucumber, romaine lettuce, ginger, garlic, lemon, cilantro, juice, water
Occasional green juice ingredients: spinach, parsley, asparagus, watercress
(Many people strain out the pulp or fiber, or have juicers that do. The Nutribullet pulverizes things in a way that I don’t mind leaving the fiber in. Still, I have learned the perfect vegetable-water ratio to make a consistency that isn’t thick and chunky.)
I am a firm believer in the healing powers of food. Since regularly consuming these juices, I’ve witnessed positive changes in my skin and overall health. I encourage you to spend time researching the benefits of fresh vegetable juice, especially if you are looking to remedy a health problem. When it comes to juicing, random concoctions are often the most delicious. Ingredients that you would never think to include with a plated recipe can make the tastiest of drinks.
I prefer to make my own juices and suggest that anyone that wants to do the same invests in a good juicer. I have no complaints about the Nutribullet. It is listed at a reasonable price (around $99-$150) and it gets plenty of use in my kitchen. The machine can grind nuts and seeds, blend smoothies, extract juices, and even whip up sauces for soups, salads and other dishes.
Do you like to juice? What are some of your favorite recipes?