5 Simple Juicing Recipes to Restart Your System

5 Simple Juicing Recipes to Restart Your System

Every year after Thanksgiving, I regret the amount of overeating and drinking that I did. It’s a vicious cycle. Thanksgiving comes and goes and I’m left feeling sick and sorry for myself because my jeans don’t fit. The upside of this terrible cycle is that it impels me to do a juice cleanse (something that I lack the discipline to do unless absolutely necessary). We’ve all heard how amazing juice cleanses can be. They recharge your immune system, they’re great for your skin, hair, and nails, and they deliver all the necessary nutrients to fuel your body.

Image: blueprint.com
Image: blueprint.com

A few years back, I heard about the Blueprint Juice Cleanse and I was sold. You know Blueprint, right? They’re those simple, organic juices that you see at Whole Foods with all the ingredients listed on the label. I wanted to give that juice cleanse a go until I saw the price. A quick visit to their website and you’ll see what I mean. The 1-day Renovation Cleanse (6 bottles of juice) is $65! That’s almost $11/bottle. I couldn’t justify spending that much on convenience and packaging, so I decided to make my own. The amount of juice that you can yield at home with a handful of veggies shows how insane that price really is.

juice-cleanse

Anyway, I always keep these recipes on hand so that I can quickly make these juices at home when my body is craving a fresh start. You certainly don’t have to jump into an all out fasting/cleanse, but adding any one of these juices to your daily routine will have you looking and feeling like a million bucks. These recipes are for the juices contained in Blueprint’s Renovation Cleanse. The cleanse itself calls for these five juices + a repeat of the green juice recipe. Each recipe that follows yields about 16oz of juice.

Green Juice

ingredients

  • 5 ribs of celery
  • 1 cucumber, halved
  • 2 large green apples
  • 3 kale leaves
  • 1oz lemon juice
  • 1 handful of parsley
  • 3 romaine leaves
  • 1 handful of spinach

Directions

  • Juice the ingredients and add a tiny bit of water to help things along (not so much that it changes the consistency)
  • Strain the juice through a sieve to remove excess pulp

Pineapple, Apple, Mint

ingredients

  • a third of one pineapple
  • 2 large green apples
  • a few pinches of mint

directions

  • juice the pineapple and apple together
  • add mint one pinch at a time to taste (mint can be strong, so be careful not to add so much that it overpowers the flavor of your fruit)

 Spicy Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 14oz of filtered water
  • 3-4 lemons
  • a few dashes of cayenne pepper
  • 1tbsp agave nectar

Directions

  • mix the filtered water with the juice from your lemons
  • stir in the cayenne pepper
  • you can substitute the agave nectar with raw honey

ABC Like 1-2-3 (Apple, Beet, Carrot)

ingredients

  • 1 green apple
  • 2 beets (greens and all)
  • 3 large carrots
  • 3-4tsp ginger
  • 1/2oz of lemon juice

Directions

  • juice all ingredients together

Homemade Cashew Milk Blend

Ingredients

  • 4-5oz raw cashews
  • 16oz filtered water
  • 1tbsp agave nectar
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • soak cashews in cold water for at least 8 hours (preferably overnight)
  • drain and rinse cashews until the rinsing water runs clear
  • blend softened cashews with your filtered water, agave nectar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract

You should definitely give this juice cleanse a try. Full disclosure: I’ve only been alternating between the Green Juice and the ABC juice this time around, but I feel so much better than I did a few days ago, that I might stop being lazy and start making the other juices again too!

 

Thanksgiving Perfect Pumpkin Martini

Try This—Thanksgiving Perfect Pumpkin Martini

So I was going over this year’s Thanksgiving menu with my sisters and I was shocked by the total lack of pumpkin on the list. In my attempt to not over do it on the Fall staple, I had completely left it out. No bueno. Still, our menu is pretty much set, and we’ve already done most of the shopping. I really didn’t want to add another dish, let alone cooking time, to our already overflowing list of things to do. Totally stressed out. Sometimes the answer is chocolate, but this time the answer is definitely alcohol. I’ve been meaning to try out a tasty Thanksgiving cocktail and this recipe does not disappoint. It’s not too sweet and has the perfect Turkey Day punch of pumpkin flavor that our menu was screaming for. You must try this!
Thanksgiving Perfect Pumpkin Martini

Thanksgiving Perfect Pumpkin Martini

Ingredients

  • 1tbsp sugar
  • 1/4tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3tbsp vodka
  • 2tbsp half & half
  • 1tbsp canned pumpkin puree
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  • combine the sugar and half of the pumpkin pie spice on a small plate
  • dip the rim of the martini glass in a bit of water and then in the sugar and spice mixture to coat the rim
  • in a martini shaker filled with ice, combine the remaining ingredients (including the other half of the pumpkin pie spice), and shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds
  • strain into the prepared glass

 

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Try This---Honey Lavender Latte

Try This—Honey Lavender Latte

This is the perfect recipe for all of us coffee snobs out there that pair coffee with foods like it’s a fine wine. I made this honey lavender syrup that I was using for tea, and it’s super delicious, but being more of a coffee gal, I decided to whip up a latte and test this honey lavender syrup out. Holy moly! For some reason, the combination of milk, honey, and lavender really bring out the natural flavors of a strong cup of coffee. I, legit, felt like I was at a wine—I mean—coffee tasting! I was blown away when I tried this recipe. I really was skeptical about using honey as a sweetener for a latte, but this has totally changed my mind. Who knew that honey, lavender, and coffee could just scream fall and winter comfort. You must try this!

Try This---Honey Lavender Latte

Honey Lavender Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1c water
  • 1c honey
  • 2tbsp lavender buds

Directions

  • combine ingredients in a saucepan
  • bring to a boil
  • reduce heat and allow it to simmer for about 15 minutes
  • put the liquid through a strainer to remove the lavender buds
  • store in a glass jar

Try This---Honey Lavender Latte

Honey Lavender Latte

Ingredients

  • 1c really strong coffee (espresso, if you’re gangsta)
  • 1/4c milk of your choice
  • 2tbsp honey lavender syrup

Directions

  • In a saucepan, froth your milk of choice with a whisk over medium heat (if you’re short on time, you can heat your milk in the microwave)
  • add about 2 tbsp of honey lavender syrup to the bottom of your coffee mug
  • pour in your coffee
  • top with frothed milk

The possibilities are endless with this honey lavender syrup. Don’t just stop at tea and lattes! You can add it to seltzer water for a refreshingly sweet drink that’s not loaded with sugar. Also, (and you can thank me later for this) you can use it to sweeten up your favorite homemade lemonade recipe. I might even try adding this to rice or some other savory dish like stir fry  in the near future! Oh man! I just thought of that last one!

Condensed Milk Iced Coffee

Try This— Condensed Milk Iced Coffee (w/ vegan option)

My sister-in-law was from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, a small island country in the Caribbean just west of Barbados. She was  an amazing woman with impeccable style, grace, and class. She was also one heck of a cook. I was always fascinated watching her move in the kitchen. I never knew whether or not her choices as a cook were cultural or if she was, in fact, a West Indian Wolfgang Puck. Either way, she came up with some interesting meals and drinks that were as delicious as they were unusual.

Saint Vincent

I remember, from time to time, she would relax with a glass of Guinness. I personally think Guinness is gross, but she used to mix it with condensed milk. It was kind of a weird version of a White Russian. Admittedly, I’m not much of a drinker, but I really did like the sweetness of that drink! If dry stout is your thing I would totally give it a try. If I liked it, you’ll love it.

Even though Guinness isn’t really my thing, it was a beautiful looking drink and I got to thinking about how I could recreate it with some other tasty beverage. There was just something about the way the condensed milk swirled around that glass of Guinness that was so divine! I truly am a big fan of condensed milk. It’s creamy. It’s sweet. What’s not to love? Anyway, i decided to take the look of that drink and make an iced coffee to die for. Apparently, the Vietnamese have been making this condensed milk iced coffee for some time, so I tried my hand at the recipe, and whoa nellie, is it good!

Condensed Milk Iced Coffee

Condensed Milk Iced Coffee

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of strongly brewed coffee
  • 14oz can of condensed milk (if you need a vegan option, you can find it here)
  • whole milk
  • ice

Directions

  • In a heat safe glass pitcher, slowly combine your freshly brewed HOT coffee with the condensed milk
  • Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and allow it to cool
  • To serve, pour your creamy coffee over ice and add some whole milk to taste.
  • Enjoy!

***the proportions of this recipe are just a suggestion. I find coffee making to be a very personal ritual. Try it a couple of times to find the right balance for you. You won’t regret this!

***this post is in loving memory of my sister-in-law, Daphne. I miss you.

 

 

 

Brazilian Lemonade

Try This—Brazilian Lemonade

Try This---Brazilian LemonadeTry This---Brazilian Lemonade

I was pretty sure, before I tried this drink, that there was nothing more refreshing than cucumber water on a hot summer day. You guys, Brazilian Lemonade is amazing. I’m not just saying that because it was 90 degrees yesterday and this drink literally saved my life. I’m not even saying it because it’s such a beautiful drink to look at when it’s all gussied up in a pretty pitcher. This is legit the most delicious drink I’ve had in a while. You need to TRY THIS!!!

Brazilian Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 limes
  • 6 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

Directions

  • Mix water and sugar together until sugar is dissolved. Put in the fridge to chill until ready to use.
  • Use soap and water to thoroughly wash the limes. You want to scrub really well because you are going to be using the whole lime! After you’ve washed and scrubbed your limes, cut the ends off the limes (DO NOT MISS THIS STEP!) and then cut them into eighths.
  • Place half of the limes and half of the sugar water in your blender and pulse 5 times. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into the pitcher that you are going to serve it in. Discard the pulp. Repeat with the second half of your limes and sugar water. Mix in the sweetened condensed milk. Serve over lots of ice.

***You can add a little white rum to this bad boy to give it an extra kick!

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