There are many things I’ve unexpectedly become in the last few years, things that have surprised me. Gym goer, yoga fan, author, Radio 2 listener.
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 vegetable 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 use a mixture of green veg with a bit of fruit thrown in for sweetness – I reckon there’s no point going to the effort of creating these juices if you only stick to sugar-full fruit – 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 your teeth red, always a little awkward when grinning on the school run.
I use the Breville BlendActive ColourMix Family Blender (£39) for mine, which whizzes the crap out of most fruit and veg, and comes with handy bottles for you to swig your juices out of. Perfect!
- 1 handful spinach
- 1 handful grapes
- 1 apple (cored)
- 1/2 banana
- 1 stick celery
- 1 cm piece broccoli stem
- 1/2 lemon (juice only)
- 150 ml coconut water
Pop everything in your blender, whizz until smooth. Easy as pie!
This recipe was originally posted in 2014, yet I’m still enjoying it four years on.