The best part about having a juicer is that you can throw just about anything in and it will be delicious. Since I got my Breville a year ago I have tried just about every combination of fruits and veggies I could think of with great success. The thought was to see how I liked juicing and if it went well take a step up from my $100 Breville Compact Juice Fountain to a big-boy juicer. It turns out, my little guy does everything I need it to!
There are certain combinations I learned to avoid (I will never again but garlic or radishes in my juicer) and through trial and error I found my favorites. Apparently this is unusual, but the first juice I ever tried was all green vegetables. I loved it from the get-go so I never did the intro, carrot, watermelon, orange combination that intro-juicers are recommended to try – I went straight fro the big guns.
It is true that the greener the vegetables, the more nutritionally valuable they are, and for some – the less palatable. I have to disagree though, a juice with mainly greens and a bit of fruit is my favorite. Here is how how you make it:
My Favorite Green Juice:
2 Large Handfuls of Baby Spinach
1/2 English Cucumber
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Head of Celery
2 Inches of Ginger Root
1 small lemon, to taste
I make this juice by first cutting the cucumber in half and placing it straight into the juicer, many people peel it but I fell like it is just an extra step, and that is the first thing in. Then I cut the apple into three or four slices just so it will fit in the spout of the juicer – taking out the core is optional but I do it because it less clean up later. As you can see in the third picture, the celery goes in as-is. Then I add the spinach and top it off with about two inches of ginger. I have tried actually putting the lemon in the juicer before but I have found I like it much better when I squeeze the lemon in the finished product. And, of course, it goes without saying that all of the vegetables are washed first.
The biggest juicing tip I have learned so far? Because friction from the juicer warms up the juice, use frozen produce or toss a couple of ice cubes into the machine to cool things down.
Do you juice? What is your favorite?