So, as the calendar changed to 2018 at our house, we clearly missed the “apple a day” concept. We’re finally coming out from under the weather and I decided it’s time to fortify. There are days when nothing seems to satisfy like a glass of cold juice. Juice blends are wonderful options to your basic apple or orange juice plus there are so many choices and these aren’t just your Grandparent’s V8 juice blends.
I’ll admit V8 is actually a wonderful beverage and it was decades ahead of its time. Introduced in 1933 it brought a refreshing blend of juices to the mainstream. Now most of us have access to fresh produce in abundance so creating blended juices with your favorite fruits and vegetables provide endless options. Really, the only limit is your imagination.
So with a little inspiration from Vitamix, I headed to the market, loaded up on fruit and veggies then headed home and began the fun. Here are two wonderful juice blends, both using apples and apple juice but with entirely different results. The first is a bright and refreshing blend of leafy kale, sweet Honey Crisp apples and fresh ginger, bringing a tangy undertone to the juice.
The second, made from fresh beets, apples, carrots, greens, zest of lime and frozen strawberries – all coming together to create a gorgeous deep, naturally sweet beverage that is as delicious to look at as it tastes!
*You can strain the juices if you like or leave them with all their pulp. (Think smoothie consistency versus a juice consistency.) If you decide to strain the juice just pour it through a sieve or a single layer of cheesecloth, stirring with a spoon to push the juice through the pulp.
*Kale like many greens can have sand or grit in the leaves. To thoroughly clean kale, strip the leaves from the tough center stem. Fill a sink basin with cold, clean water. Swirl the leaves in the water, drain, rinse and do it again until you can no longer see or feel grit in the sink.
*If you can find fresh beets with their “greens” attached, by all means use those for your greens. Otherwise you can use spinach or any of your favorite greens.
*And if you’ve never handled fresh beets before be sure to wear food service gloves or trim and peel them under cold, running water. Otherwise you will have slightly pink hands for a day or two!
No juice boxes here… These will take your juice to a whole new level!
Kale, Apple and Ginger Juice
1 cup apple juice
1-1/2 cups sliced cucumbers
2 apples, Honey Crisp or your favorite sweet apple, cored and cut into quarters
2 cups kale, rinsed very well and chopped
2 tablespoons peeled, sliced fresh ginger
Pour the apple juice into the blender then add the cucumbers, the apples, chopped kale and fresh ginger. Start processing on the low speed for about 10-15 seconds to get the process started. Raise the speed to high, tamping the fruit and vegetables down as needed. Blend on high for about a minute.
Kale, Apple and Ginger Juice!
Serve well chilled!
Beet and Apple Juice
2 cups apple juice
2 cups fresh beets, trimmed, peeled and quartered
2 carrots, scrubbed and cut into pieces
Zest of 1 lime
1 apple, Honey Crisp or your favorite sweet apple, cored and cut into quarters
1 cup beet greens or spinach, center stems removed
1 package frozen strawberries, 10-ounces
Pour the apple juice into the blender then add the beets, carrots, lime zest, apples, greens and frozen strawberries. Start processing on the low speed for about 10-15 seconds to get the process started. Raise the speed to high. Blend on high for about a minute.
Serve well chilled!