Have you gotten totally knocked down by a cold and/or flu? Here are a couple of kick butt juicing recipes with kale, broccoli, beets, and carrots that will help get you back on your feet pronto!
Is it me, or does everyone seem to be a juicer lately? It’s like we all saw that documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and all ran out to Costco to get a juicer. Sadly, I have juiced occasionally, but never got into the swing of it. My poor Breville has been sitting neglected next to those rarely-used popover muffin tins in my cabinet. Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept of juicing, but the actual practice of juicing can take some effort. But when the whole family got knocked down with a cold and then the flu (subsisting on saltines), I had to kick start everyone’s immune systems somehow. So I ran out and picked up a juicing csa box from On The Vine and some fruit from Circle Key Farms at North Scottsdale Farmers Market, and got juicing. The juicing box was loaded with beautiful beets, kale, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli and citrus. Kale is loaded with antioxidants, and is high in iron, vitamin A, K, C and calcium. Beets are not only high in vitamins and minerals, but they also purify the blood and detoxify the liver.
Battle of two juicing recipes
One problem, my husband would rather die a slow death than drink what he says “tastes like lawn clippings”. So I had my work cut out for me. In fairness, raw kale juice is an acquired taste. So this time, I added some apples, cucumber, and lemon to lighten it up. I also made a beet juice just in case he still did not like the kale.
I first made the beet juice with beets, carrots, and oranges. The baby was first to try it, and he gave me a quizzical look, smiled, then kept drinking it. I was puzzled by his reaction, and gave it a try. Blah! It tasted like bitter orange peel! Poor kid did not know any better. So I tried again, this time peeling the oranges before dropping in the juicer. I offered it to my reluctant son again, and the little trooper took another sip, smiled, and ran off with his cup.
The green juice was made with kale, cucumbers, broccoli, apples, and lemon. Both husband and baby preferred the beet juice, but were both good sports and drank the rest of the green juice too.
Some juicing tips:
- For finicky types, instead of straight juice, you can mix some of the juice with orange/apple juice, a smoothie, or yogurt.
- Wash and scrub all veggies prior to putting them through the juicer.
- Don't have a juicer? You can blend or use a food processor, and strain
- Juicing scraps are ideal for composting!
- Prep Time : 15 minutes
- Cook Time : 5 minutes
- Yield : 3
Beet Juice Boost
Run the beets, carrots, and oranges through the juicer. Pour into cups of ice, and serve immediately.
Superfood Kale Juice
Run the kale, broccoli, cucumber, lemon, and purslane through the juicer. Alternate kale leaves with other ingredients into the feeder tube. Pour into cups of ice, and serve immediately.