May 29, 2012

Whole Food Spicy Green “Juice”

Did you happen to overindulge this weekend? I did, just a bit – too much barbecue, and one too many helpings of dessert. I don’t regret it one bit, but now my body is craving lighter, fresher fare. This morning, as I woke up, I knew what I needed was some raw greens.

I am no stranger to green smoothies. I have them several times a week, at least, as part of my breakfast. You often don’t see them here, as I’m usually throwing random fruits and vegetables in the blender at 5:00 AM so that I can take it with me to the office. Not a lot of time to photograph during my morning routine. Furthermore, there are rarely “recipes” I follow when making my smoothies – it’s a “little of this,  a handful of that” and a bit of blending, and breakfast is ready. But since today is a day off, I figured it would be a great opportunity to share with you one of my favorite refreshing smoothies.

It’s almost not a smoothie. A juice, really - only the pulp is not removed. (I don’t have a juicer; if I did, I’d certainly use this combination to make a great juice as well!) I figure I’m getting my fiber in this way, so it’s a win-win, right? But rather than the creaminess that often accompanies smoothies, this one is lighter and thinner, so it’s more of a “whole-food” juice.

It’s my blog, I can call it what I want, right?

Anyway. Again, it’s not truly a recipe, more of a guideline. I didn’t measure. If you don’t have something, just omit it or substitute something else. I opted to not make it sweet – if you want it sweeter, feel free to throw some apple in there. Or stevia. Whatever floats your boat. My version is spicy, refreshing, and invigorating. I like it that way – it’s an excellent way to jump-start my morning.

Whole Food Spicy Green “Juice”

2 big handfuls of spinach

about 1/4 cup parsley

1 stalk celery, cut into chunks

1 small cucumber, peeled

1 inch piece of ginger, peeled

juice of 1 lemon

6 ice cubes plus enough water to blend

Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend until everything is smooth and frothy.

Drink immediately, as this “juice” will separate.

Note: If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you can use a regular blender, but it may take quite a bit longer to get everything smooth and all of the small bits might not be blended completely. However, you can definitely make smoothies in a regular blender – I did for a long time before dear hubby gave me the VitaMix!

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays over at Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, Friday Foodie Fix over at The W.H.O.L.E. Gang, and Wellness Weekends at Diet, Dessert and Dogs.

Looking for more gluten-free smoothie ideas? Check out this conversation over at Udi’s Gluten-Free Living Community!


18 Responses to “Whole Food Spicy Green “Juice””

  1. Love this! Sort of like a blended salad. :) Glad you had a good long weekend, though. . . and this is the perfect ending. :D

  2. This is my kind of wake-up call. Love having a dab of ginger in the mix. Zippy!

  3. This sounds lovely. You know what, I always look forward to Monday morning after a weekend of indulging. It feels so good to get back on track. And I think it’s just fine to indulge every now and then. It makes us appreciate the juices and smoothies even more. xo

  4. This sounds sooo good!! It has everything in it that i like and so good for you. Thanks, for the recipe.I will be making this soon.

  5. holy green overload! You have some definite green taste buds. I could maybe shoot this in the afternoon :)

  6. Wow! Now THAT is some holy green-ness! This sounds amazing! I am going to give this a whirl. I love the idea of it being spicy!!

  7. I wish my blender was good enough to make smoothies out of veggies…I would love to include the fiber in my juices! But I will try this combo in my juicer instead. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Great recipe I’ll have to give it a try. I start my day with a fresh glass of green juice. Green juice does a body good.

  9. This is not a drink for Popeye anymore! :-) I can imagine it’s very healthy. I like the fact that you used ginger in this smoothie, which probably gives it a punch and a half. Great recipe!

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  11. Hi, I’m loving your site so far :) and I definitely want to give this a go! Just wondering, are you not losing fibre when removing the pulp? What are the nutritional benefits of the bits being removed?

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  15. Juicing is just awesome and so invigorating! I usually get a flu shot every year, but now that I juice, I get my own immunity boost and protection from God’s beautiful nature! I juice and I blend my bases with additional fruits for more fullness!

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