Carrot, Orange and Ginger Juice
My juicing philosophy is to make a juice that is going to taste good. There is no arguing that green juices containing things like spinach, kale and so on are packed with nutrients and minerals but I have to be in a certain mood to drink that stuff. That’s not to say I don’t drink green juices. Of course I do. I am the Juice Fiend. But great taste and nutrition are not mutually exclusive.
Take for example a popular drink sold in juice bars all over the world, Carrot, Orange and Ginger juice. I don’t know anybody that doesn’t like this. With sweetness from the oranges, watered down earthy tones from the carrots and a ginger zing this is a great juice to have at breakfast time or to quench thirst at any time of day.
It may not quite have the nutrient content of a green drink based around spinach but I don’t care. It still has plenty of goodness in there. As we learn when we are kids, carrots are rich in vitamin A and can give us X-ray vision; oranges give us plenty of vitamin C which is alleged to help us ward off colds (I believe the allegation) and ginger helps our digestive system. Moreover, this kind of natural fruit and vegetable drink is great for helping us to hydrate our body.
My recipe for Carrot, Orange and Ginger juice is:
2 large carrots
chunk of ginger (approx 1.5cm³)
As with all juices you make, if these ratios don’t work for you, experiment with your own until you make this juice your own
anana, blueberry and soy milk smoothie
Depending upon how I feel, sometimes I prefer to make myself a smoothie instead of a juice recipe. Typically this comes at a time after I have done some exercise and want to get some protein into me. A banana, blueberry and soy milk smoothie provides both protein and energy. Often I also add a tablespoon of Maximuscle Promax vanilla protein powder too just for a bit of an extra protein hit. The small amount ensures the protein powder flavor does not become overpowering.
The blueberries I use are frozen. In Japan, fresh blueberries are very expensive so frozen works out as better value for me.
I choose to use soy milk instead of cows milk simply because when I drink a lot of cow’s milk my skin condition deteriorates. Also in Japan (where I live anyway) cows milk just does not taste very good to me and soy milk is readily available at a reasonable price.
Typically I add:
1 regular sized banana (2 if very small)
10-15 frozen blueberries
250ml of soy milk (could substitute with cows milk)
small scoop of protein powder (optional)
Mix in a blender for about 10 seconds and enjoy.
Banana Mango Raspberry Smoothie
I was on a mission to create an exciting smoothie rather than juice recipe today. Fortunately, Smoothie Web had something that look really exciting, a mango, banana and strawberry smoothie. The original recipe comes from Sandra’s Recipes where she posted a lovely picture of her creation. You should check out her site if you want to see the recipe upon which mine is based.
It was not so much the ingredients that grabbed my attention but rather the presentation. I love trying to make my drinks look appetizing but it had never occurred to me before to layer one color on top of another.
You might think that it looks difficult but trust me, it is pretty straight forward. Admittedly, it does take a little while to prepare because you have to wash out the blender half way through. Also, if you want to use fresh home made juice (and you should) there is the juicer to clean as well.
This is not really the sort of drink that I’d make on a regular basis. That said, if you’re having guests round, and want to show them how much fun being healthy can be…it makes a great treat.
Orange & Lime juice:
½ mango, peeled, pitted and chopped
½ orange/lime juice
1 tablespoon Manuka honey (optional)
3 medium ice cubes
1 banana, chopped
½ orange/lime juice
3 medium ice cubes
First of all, juice the oranges and lime. Then add half this juice to the blender. Add the banana, mango, honey and ice cubes. Then blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and then wash out the blender.
To make the red layer add another banana, the raspberries, ice cubes and remaining juice to the blender. Blend until smooth. Then pour this on top of the yellow layer.
As long as your yellow and red smoothies are thick enough, you do not have to worry about the layers mixing. If you are concerned, you could use a spoon to scoop the red layer from the blender and into the glass. This is what I did first of all but I actually think I got a crisper line when I poured it on.
Almond Milk and Banana Smoothie
This smoothie is soooo good. I made almond nut milk the day before making the actual smoothie in the picture.
Almond Nut Milk Recipe
2 cups of almonds (soaked for about 10 hours)
a handful of dates (soaked in 1 cup of water overnight)
I gave the almonds a good rinse after their soaking then blended them up with 5 cups of water. Next I strained the mixture using a nut milk bag. While I was doing this I washed out the blender. Then poured the smooth nut milk and date/water mixture into the blender and blended again.
I love nut milk so just had to drink some there and then but bottled the rest and added a vanilla pod and left it until the next day…which is when I made the smoothie in the picture.
1 pint of almond nut milk