I live in California. Even more specifically Southern California. It’s no secret that the humans of SoCal have a reputation for being a health-conscious bunch. With our abundance of juicing bars and yoga studios, we’ve grown to be an interesting breed. I have mixed feelings about the people of SoCal. I think it’s a little bit narcissistic to stretch in front of a mirror and that it’s downright ridiculous to substitute solid food for a green-liquid alternative. But, I’m not a pessimistic grump and I do think that there is something to be said about trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
I mentioned that part about green-juice above for a reason. I did some research on the whole juicing thing, because for some reason that’s fun for me. What I found out was that the kooks in SoCal might be on to something. Turns out that green juice can actually taste good, who’d of thunk it?! And like everything in life, this whole green juice thing in moderation can really help you sneak in some extra nutrients in and give your immune system an extra boost.
So what I’m trying to say is: Ladies and gentlemen, I drank the koolaid. And by that I mean, green juice, I drank the green juice. And now, I know why everyone is metaphorically writing home about it. It tasted good. Like really good. It’s weird I know, I was surprised too. I was so ready to hate it and think that it was all a scam. Truth is, I actually wanted more.
I’m sure you’re now entranced by my mystical green juice story and want nothing more than for me to give up the recipe! What? No one is reading this? Ok, well here you go internet, here is my magical recipe.
Shelby’s Mysteriously Good-Tasting Green Juice
3 oz of Spinach
1 orange or 1 blood orange, either one is delicious
A 1-2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 big carrot or 5-7 baby carrots
Ok, so I don’t have a fancy juicer. I have a pretty high powered blender. It’s a Vitamix that blends nicely. You can use either, if you only have a blender, chop your ingredients before you throw them into the blender to help your blender out. Once everything is blended and it looks like green baby food (don’t get discouraged, this is not an aesthetically pleasing drink), you can pour it over ice and add a splash of water or orange juice to your glass, if you’re feeling crazy.
In case you want some literature on juicing other than my semi-ok description of juicing, here are some links:
- Fruit and vegetable Juices – “Juice fasting “ (consciouslivingmavie.wordpress.com)
- Squeeze the Most Out of Your Dollars: How to Juice on a Budget (mint.com)