Gorgeous green juice
First things first - happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable winter holiday. We got back just over a week ago after spending two weeks with my family in Canada. Our time was split between my family home in Ottawa, Ontario and the cottage in Mont-Tremblant, Québec. We spent lots of time catching up with family and friends, played countless card games, ate amazing food (thanks to my very talented mom and sisters), relaxed around the fireplace, went on long dog walks, saw a professional hockey match, went to an outdoor Nordic spa, played hockey on my aunt and uncle's frozen lake, and even found my wedding dress! It was a perfectly relaxing holiday and we're back in the big city feeling refreshed and energised. We were also really lucky to get an impressive amount of snow during our visit, although it did make driving challenging at times! Here are a couple shots of the snow from our stay at the cottage.
Now onto this green juice recipe. Juicing is actually another activity I did lots of over the holidays, mostly to balance out the indulgences of the festive period. I had a juicer when I lived in Ottawa and used to absolutely love making green juices. This year I was lucky enough to receive a juicer for Christmas, so I've been enjoying making my favourite blends here in London!
This is my go-to green juice recipe - it's the kind of alkalising juice that leaves you feeling energised, refreshed and hydrated. It gets its green tinge from the kale and cucumber, sweetness from the apple and pear, a bit of a tang from the lemon and an anti-inflammatory kick from the fresh ginger. As with any juice, it's recommended to use the freshest produce you can get your hands on, and preferably organic. If you're not able to buy organic, peel your fruits and veggies before juicing them.
This week I bought some juicing cucumbers from Wholegood Organic. I wasn't exactly sure what juicing cucumbers were but decided to give them a try. When I opened the bag I noticed that they were curved rather than straight (as you'd normally see them in the supermarket). On the packaging they included some interesting stats about food waste and produce being thrown away for aesthetic reasons. I was quite shocked to learn that worldwide nearly 40% of all fruits and vegetables go to waste before they even reach the shelf. As an environmentalist (and a foodie), food waste is a topic that I am particularly passionate about. In the future I'd like to write some posts about meal planning and what you can do to eliminate food waste in your life and home. If you're interested in learning more about it in the meantime, check out the Love Food Hate Waste website for some useful tips and facts.
I hope you enjoy this gorgeous green juice as much as I do!
Gorgeous green juice
This is my favourite green juice recipe. It gets its green tinge from the cucumber and kale, a bit of sweetness from the apple and pear, tang from the lemon and a nice kick from the ginger. If ginger isn't your thing, I recommend quartering or halving the quantity in this recipe. I personally love a strong ginger flavour, but some people find it a bit overpowering!
- 1 large cucumber
- 4-5 whole leaves kale
- 1 green apple, cored
- 1 pear, cored
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled
Juice all ingredients using a centrifugal juicer, alternating the kale leaves with the other fruits and vegetables. Drink immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a day.
Serves two (yields about 500mL of juice).