Reboot Juice

 

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If green juice feels unpalatable first thing in the morning then why not try to have it as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon pick me up instead. Your body will welcome the nutritious, enzyme rich rocket fuel at a time when you might have been reaching for a coffee and KitKat.

Make it in the morning before you head off and take it with in a resealable container to be had when you are ready. The great thing about green juice is that you can put practically any veggies you have at home in your juicer and more often than not it will come out tasty. If in doubt, add an apple or two.

Contrary to popular belief it actually does not take that long to make a juice. Most modern juicers can take whole fruits and veggies without the need to peel and cut up (with the exception of lemons) and I often leave the pulp inside the machine until I have time to rinse it out – if your morning is busy just leave it until you come back. Top tip! My friend Kathie places a plastic bag in the pulp compartment to make cleaning out a bit easier. 

Here’s what went into this morning’s juice:

Reboot Juice

1 1/2 cucumber

4 stalks celery

2″ piece of ginger root

2 small pears

5 large leaves Swiss chard

Handful of spinach

Juice the lot and add coconut water at the end to dilute to your required flavour. Enjoy. X

 

Fruity Ice Lollies

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This is what we had left in our fruit bowl….

Top tip if your children want ice cream and you are too lazy to go to the shops! Blend all the fruit you can lay your hands on with some coconut water until you have fruity slush. Pour into whatever receptacle you have handy. We had ice lolly moulds, a few IKEA plastic cups that we stuck spoons into and we put the lot in the freezer for a few hours. As if by magic, and just in time for the evening film, they were enjoying home-made ice lollies without an ounce of artificiality. Result!

We used:

1 cantaloupe Melon

3 small apples

2 limes, juice of

1 banana

Cup of pomegranate

Coconut water

We blended all the fruit, bar the pomegranate seeds, with the coconut water and added to the moulds. The pomegranate seeds were eaten on the side instead of inside the ice lolly as per the children’s instruction :). Happy Monday Everybody x

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Our ice lolly moulds
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In the blender it all goes..

 

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The pomegranate seeds were eaten as the process took place 🙂

 

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Home made and fruity ice lollies..

 

Big juice

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Prior to juicing, a cucumber used to last me for about a week. I may also have kept a bag of salad and some cherry tomatoes in the fridge, as a side to a main meal. Not anymore. These days my weekly shopping of organic produce for juicing looks something like this:

5 cucumbers (1 per day)

2 big bunches of celery

2-3 romaine salad heads

1 huge, fingery piece of ginger root (the more ‘fingers’ the better)

2 bags of kale

6-8 apples

2 bags spinach/swiss chard/spring greens or whatever else dark green, leafy vegetables  you can lay your hands on.

2-3 1L bottles of coconut water.

And that is just the juicing, add the smoothie making and I go through:

5 avocados (for smoothies or spread on toast)

3-4 lemons

2-3 limes

In a smoothie you can also add all the extra bits such as soft fruit, ground flax seeds, chia seeds, spirulina and ground nuts. The list is endless and full of possibilities. You can keep it interesting by adding new flavours that may prove surprisingly tasty like beetroot, fennel, carrots, cabbage, green beans, even garlic.

The thing to keep in mind is that in order to get a daily BIG JUICE you need a LOT of vegetables. These days I don’t have unnecessary things lying around in the fridge because there is NO SPACE!! It is filled to the brim with veg and coconut water.

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…and then there was a massive cup of delicious green juice!

All this juicing may all be a bit much, both on the quantity front and your taste buds, so if you are just starting out here is a Wake Up remedy from Gillian McKeith’s book ‘You are what you eat, Cookbook’ to get you going in the mornings. Enjoy x

Wake Up Juice (serves 1-2)

6 carrots (if organic no need to peel)

1-2 apples

1′ piece fresh ginger root

 

 

Sharing is caring

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It is starting to feel like spring outside, finally, and what better way to start the morning than green juice and avocado crackers with sliced tomato. Our available juice ingredients today were a cucumber, a broccoli stem, 1/4 of a celery, 2 handfuls of spinach, 2″ ginger (BIG piece) and 1 pear, topped up with lots of coconut water. It made for such a refreshing tonic which even my visiting auntie enjoyed 🙂 She is joining the green wave and has promised to unpack her juicer which is still in its original packaging in a cupboard. Very exciting!

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So far I am very pleased to say that my family is adopting the green juicing with gusto and hopefully spreading it to others on the way. Because that is how it works – what we care about we share with those we love and on it goes, spreading like rings on the water. Happy Tuesday x