There are many things I’ve unexpectedly become in the last few years, things that have surprised me. Young mum, gym goer, yoga and meditation fan. Juice lover is one of those things: who would have thought 10 years ago when I took a can of coke to be an acceptable breakfast beverage that I’d become one of those people chugging on green juices first thing? Not me.
Yet here I am, daily blitzing up enough fruit and veg to feed a family. And enjoying it… weirdo.
I find that juices really set me up for the day. It’s the vitamin injection and boost I need to get going in the morning, leaving me feeling full, satisfied and bursting with energy (OK, this bit does depend on how much the kids were up the night before…). If I’m working in London I’ll drink my juice first thing at 6.30 which means I need a bit of sustenence to get me through to lunchtime – I eat dried mango – but if I’m working at home a 9.30am juice carries me right through til lunch.
I use a mixture of green veg with a bit of fruit thrown in for sweetness, but you can really use whatever takes your fancy. Sometimes spinach is substituted for kale, sometimes celery for cucumber or raw courgette… you get the picture. I never leave out the handful of grapes and apple though as I find they give the right amount of sweetness I need to counteract the veg. I stay away from blending beetroot though, buying it only in cold pressed juices as blended beetroot turns my teeth red which can be a bit awkward and that first pee you do after drinking a beetroot smoothie… it’s scary.
My blender is a Vitamix TNC Black. 010231 Blender which will pulverise the crap out of absolutely anything but this combo of ingredients shouldn’t be too much of a workout for most blenders. I drink mine out and about from a Copco Sierra Tumbler, apart from this morning as the straw has gone missing *side eye kleptomaniac children of mine*.
- Handful green spinach
- Handful green grapes
- 1 apple, cored
- Half a banana
- 1 stick celery, chopped
- 1cm piece of broccoli stem
- 1 handful parsley - stalks and leaves
- Juice of half a lemon
- Splash of cold (or coconut) water
- 3 ice cubes
- Stick everything in the blender, blend until smooth. Easy as pie.