This isn't a recipe, per se, but the whole concept of using a juicer is so cool (and completely foreign to me, I might add!) that I couldn't resist blogging about it. Our friend Tom next door has been on a juicing diet for over a month, and he's doing a terrific job of sticking with it. While I don't have THAT much willpower, I will admit the idea of juicing was pretty cool. I had such a horrible aversion to leafy greens during my first trimester, and I felt guilty that T-Quad wasn't getting the nutrients he/she needed. I'm thrilled to finally be able to eat salads again, but I kind of wanted to play "catch up" with my diet. While it wouldn't be practical or particularly beneficial to me to replace a meal with juice, I really liked the idea of supplementing my meals with a healthy veggie and fruit drink. Not to mention, I think it's incredibly cool that I can just shove whole vegetables and fruits in the juicer without having to do any chopping or peeling. With my first juice experiment, I wasn't expecting a whole lot. I just figured I would add the veggies that would give me the most nutrients, and a couple of fruits that I found appealing. Here's what I came up with:
Spinach, kale, 2 celery stalks, a cucumber, an apple and two pears. It was surprisingly delicious, and I can just FEEL this little baby inside of me becoming a crunchy granola health nut who owns and operates a Bikram yoga studio. *nods* Anyway, it was very easy and quite enjoyable to make this drink. For those of you who have never "juiced" before (I feel so weird saying that), here's how you do it:
As you can imagine, the cleanup of the machine was a bit of a pain, but nothing too difficult. Also, juicing machines tend to be VERY noisy. Do not attempt if you have a little one sleeping. I'm really glad I gave this a try, and I definitely see more healthy afternoon snacks in the form of veggie drinks in my future! Thanks for the use of your juicer, Tom. You're the man.