My husband and I did perhaps the most stereotypical thing you can do on the first of the new year. We got in the car, headed to our local kitchen store, and purchased a shiny new juicer. Prior to this momentous event, I had occasionally picked up store-bought juices (not your basic OJ, mind you, the ones with veggies and fruit in them) and not been terribly impressed. Usually the bottled stuff was too intense, too sugary, or just plain too expensive.
The following mix makes a great post-workout beverage. It’s got a tasty blend of fruits and veggies to please even the most beginner palate. If you’d like to spice things up a bit, consider adding a chunk of fresh ginger in at the end.
QUENCHING GREEN JUICE FOR NEWBIES
What you’ll need . . .
- 1 apple
- 1 lime
- 1 hunk of pineapple
- 1/2 large cucumber
- 1 bunch of romaine lettuce
- 1 celery stalk
Method . . .
- Wash all ingredients well and chop if necessary (our juicer’s chute is large, but if yours isn’t, just chop to fit).
- Then juice the softer ingredients on low and the harder ingredients on high.
- Mix to fully incorporate and add purified water if you’d like to share with a friend or just make the juice less intense.
This recipe not only tastes good, but it’s also an easy entry into the harder stuff. The more you get used to juicing at home, the more you can replace the fruits with vegetables, which lowers the calories and sugar considerably. I’ll be sure to share a more veggie-rich juice in the future.
Still, getting the vital nutrients in fruits and vegetables — both categories — is important to keep our bodies running strong. The ingredients in this recipe are all relatively high yielding when it comes to juicing, which means they contain lots of water and are, therefore, a smart choice post-run.
And here’s a bit of info about some of the more active ingredients:
- Apples contain lots of antioxidants which we all need to stay healthy.
- Pineapples have anti-inflammatory power, perfect for those sore muscles.
- Celery is super hydrating and rich in potassium.
- Limes are a solid source of vitamin C to help ward off sickness.
Do you juice at home? What’s your favorite blend?
Written by Ashley Marcin.