Orange You Glad…

Orange You Glad Juice

I didn’t say banana?

I was messing around with juicing again and came up with something that I think even Heidi’s son (Adventures of a Gluten-free Mom) would love.   I pulled out a mango, two oranges, and a beet.  Then I thought, why a beet?  Why not a carrot?  Let’s make this an orange colored juice.  I put the beet back and reached for a carrot.

Mangoes have lots of fiber.  I mean lots.  One of the things I used to do when constipated is eat a whole mango.  This was when I was back home and friends had mangoes growing out the wazoo and they couldn’t give them away fast enough.  Now, I don’t need to do that.   If I have a whole mango, it’s just party of my natural daily fiber.  They also have Vitamins C, A, E, B6, K, potassium, copper, and lots of phytonutrients (antioxidants!).

Oranges of course have Vitamin C.  They also contain niacin, potassium, riboflavin, thiamine, panthothenic acid, folate, calcium, Vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.  Carrots are full of beta-carotene which then metabolize into Vitamin A.

What I loved about this juice was none of the ingredients stood out.  They all blended together for a nice sweet juice to go with my breakfast.  I even started thinking about Heidi’s comments about turning juice into popsicles.  I thought, this would make a great popsicle for these hot summer days coming.

The bright orange color didn’t quite come through in picture because my battery was too low.  Once my camera battery gets low, it won’t let the shutter work.  Darned SLR digital cameras!  Oh well.  Once you make it, you’ll see just how orange it is.

Orange You Glad Juice

2 oranges, peeled

1 mango, pit removed and flesh scooped out of the peel

1 carrot (or more if you want your juice less sweet)

Place all ingredients into the feeding tube of your juice and juice!

Juice It Up

Wake Up!

I have been doing more juicing lately.  Not only have I been craving juice, it just seems like a great idea with the changing of the seasons.  Spring and Summer just seem to scream for juices.  Light and refreshing.  Energizing.  Nutrient rich.  Sometimes it’s great to drink your fruits and vegetables rather than chew them one by one.

That said, I always have my juice as part of a meal and not as the meal or snack itself.  You lose a lot of fiber from the produce.  The fiber in your meal/snack helps keep the sugars in the juice from going straight to your bloodstream.  Generally, I like my juice with breakfast.  It helps me load up on the natural vitamins I need for my day.  The right combination can help you wake up better than caffeine.  Carrot Apple Juice anyone?

I have 3 juice recipes to share with you.  One that I love for helping me wake up, another that is just completely refreshing and reminiscent of Summer, and the last will help boost your iron levels.

Wake Up Juice

3 apples (I use any type of red apples)

2 carrots

2 cups of grapes.

Place produce in the feeding tube and juice.

Summertime

Summer Lovin’ Juice

1/2 cucumber

2 – 3 cups honeydew melon

Place produce in the feeding tube and juice

Berry Beet-O-Full Juice

4-5 strawberries

1/2 cup black berries

1/2 cup raspberries

1/4 cup blueberries

1 small beet

2 oranges

Berry Beet-O-Full

Place produce in the feeding tube and juice.  This juice is a bit thicker than the others.  The Vitamin C in the oranges helps the body absorb the iron from the beets.  The berries also add some Vitamin C, but tons of antioxidants, as well.

Add a slice of two of ginger with the fruits and veggies for an added zing!

Zinger!

Fresh Ginger Root

I loved Zingers.  The ones with raspberry.  I could eat almost a whole box in one sitting.  That sugar just drove me to eat “just one more.”  Same thing with Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls.  Chaz used to tease me about having a stash.  Well, if I left them in the pantry they’d be gone before I could get one or two.  Residual habit from living with my parents, brother, and sisters.  Junk food would be gone in minutes before I had a chance to get any of it so I didn’t eat much junk food unless I was out with friends.

I’m sure I could concoct some kind of gluten-free Zinger taste-a-like.  Honestly though, I’m not interested in even trying.  The zinger that I’m most interested in these days is ginger.

I love ginger.  The more the better.  I love that it has natural healing properties.  It’s great for nausea, gastrointestinal problems, and sore throats.  Ginger is one of my go-to foods when I’m sick.  I’ll boil it in water to use to make tea.  I’ll boil it with a little meat to make Voo Doo Soup, an ex-roommate’s concoction which does help you feel better.  I have some ginger candy that I use when my throat hurts.  It’s good for the heart and has some anti-inflammatory properties, as well.

Zinger Juice

I love to add it when I’m juicing.  It gives me that zing in the morning that perks me right up.  It also adds a little spice to the veggie and fruit mix, especially if I wind up a little too heavy on the veggies.  I tend to us a lot of ginger if I use it in juicing so it is potent.  If you aren’t that big of a ginger fan, use less if you try this out.

Zinger Juice

1 beet with stems and leaves

2 carrots

1 thumb length piece of ginger

1 apple

1 orange, peeled

2-3 cups black grapes

Wash the beet, carrots, ginger and grapes well.  Do not peel the beets or carrots.  If your beet, apple, and peeled orange are too big for your juicer’s tube, quarter them before juicing.  Place ingredients into the tube and juice.  It took 3 fillings of the tube to get everything juiced.  This yielded slightly more than 16 ounces.  You can vary the fruits and veggies.  I will sometimes add berries when I have fresh berries.