It's the New Year and we all know what that means- time for 2014 resolutions! Earlier this month us girls, (Bobbi, Annie, & myself) went for coffee to chat about our hopes, ideas, and plans for the coming year. One of Bobbi's resolutions was to juice once a week right here in our shop, not only as a personal goal but as a fun way to start our week and connect with our beautiful juicing customers. Of course Ann and I were on board the second she finished her sentence! Juicing while we work? Sign me up! And so began our juicing adventure.
Here's what to expect from our weekly series: Every tuesday we will be trying out a different juice recipe we thought up, found online, or chose from a lovely customer. The three of us will be taking turns each week trying out our chosen recipe. I'm sure we will happen upon a few blunders but hey, it's all about trying new things and finding ways to integrate healthy goodness into the day to day.
This past tuesday was our very first Juicing day and guess who was up first? Yep, yours truly. Thankfully, juicing has been a part of my lifestyle for over a year so I was excited to share with the girls one of my favorite juicing recipes. It's one that I've come to adore- totally simple but oh so delicious.
Here's what I used (serves 4):
-12 large green apples
-1/8 fresh lemon
- 6 full kale leaves
- 6 full swiss chard leaves
- 2 cucumbers
Some tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your juicing experience:
I'm in no way an expert on juicing- honestly most the time I just throw it in there and pray it turns out to be drinkable. However, there are a few tips that I have learned from friends and personal research that can make juicing easier and more effective, so here it goes!
(1) ALWAYS wash your fruits and veggies thoroughly! I cannot stress this enough! Your best bet is to let your produce soak for a few minutes in clean water. There are organic sol
utions that are fantastic for cleaning produce but I will share that at a later time =)
(2) Choose your produce wisely. If you have any knowledge of pesticides, GMO's, and other harmful chemicals being shot up in our food you know the importance of selecting your groceries carefully. Since I don't want to go on a crazy, long tangent, my best advice is to research the basics such as the "Clean Fifteen" and the "Dirty Dozen" of produce. It should help you get started!
(3) Always peel your apples! Did you know that apples are coated with harmful chemicals like petroleum to prolong their shelf life? The next time you eat an apple, try taking a sharp knife and gliding it firmly over the skin. What you find will shock you.
Phew! I think that's enough information to thoroughly freak you out but I wanted to share these few facts that have truly changed the way I juice.
Moving on! Here's a break down of the details that went into the juicing process:
- Washed all produce
- Peeled green apples/ chopped into quarters
- Chopped cucumber into large slices (don't peel)
- Separated kale and swiss chard leaves
- Cut fresh lemon into 1/8 (only need one)
Voila! Less than five minutes later we had our juice in hand. Ann said I passed with flying colors as she went on her way leather working. As for me I thought it tasted like sweet apple cider. Of course I knew the the most important person I needed to win over was our juicing newbie, Bobbi. I wish I got a picture of her face when she took a sip, so priceless! She squealed out a typical Bobbi-esque response, "Oh my gosh it's AMAZING!!!".
I want to share all of the amazing health benefits of this leafy concoction but I'll have to do it another day. First juicing week was an absolute success and we three can't wait for next Tuesday!
Stay tuned for Annie's recipe next week!
#happyearth #happydrink #happycustomer
Bye for now!