Lunchtime Juice Recipe: Swiss Chard, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber and Apple

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For the last 3 weeks I have been participating in a 8-Week Health Challenge. The challenge includes forming better daily habits such as, not eating sweets, drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day, being active for a minimum of 30 minutes per day (I’ve been trying for an hour), eating a total of 5 servings of fruits & veggies each day as well as a few other goals. I’ve decided to revert back to a mostly Paleo diet, as that worked for me two years ago and with that, I started juicing again.

Juicing is a fantastic way to get vegetable and fruit servings in, as well as a very healthy way to blast your system with easily digestible vitamins and phytonutrients (a beneficial substance found in plants that is believed to help prevent diseases). I like to juice at least a couple times a week over lunchtime. It’s always surprising how filling the juice is and what an energy rush I get from having it.

Here is the latest juice I made and it was so tasty I had to share it on the blog.

Organic Ingredients:

  • 2 Carrots (rich in vit. A, C, K, B8 as well as folate, potassium, iron, copper and manganese)
  • 1 Apple (rich in antioxidants, as well as a great source of vit. C)
  • 3 Celery stalks (a wonderful source of vit. K, A, C and also contains folate & potassium)
  • A Bundle of Swiss Chard (a great source of vit. A, K & C as well as potassium, iron & magnesium)
  • 1 Whole Cucumber (full of vit. K, C, B1 as well as copper, potassium, manganese & biotin)

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Don’t forget to add some water to your juice and mix well before drinking.

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The juice turned out to be a dark brownish green (not the prettiest juice I’ve ever made), but the flavor was wonderful and all of the ingredients complimented each other well. No one ingredient overpowered the others.

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One tip I have is to line your juicer “waste bin” with a plastic bag. The pulp will gather in the bag for a super quick clean up.

To see what other healthy meals I’ve been eating over the last few weeks, check out my Instagram. To see my other favorite juicing recipes, click here.

All products used in this post were generously provided by Lakewinds Food Co-op.

MinnesotaFromScratch is 3! {Happy Blogiversary}

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Last week the blog turned 3! It’s amazing the opportunities I have been given that are a direct result of the blog, as well as the many fascinating people I have met through the years because of the blog. I appreciate each and every one of my readers, thank you!

2015 was such an incredible year. I personally, had one of the best years of my life. It was the first year since becoming a mother that I was really able to divulge myself into my interests once again. I was able to preserve throughout the seasons, making 2015 my highest yielding canning/fermenting year ever. If you are interested in what I preserved, follow this link. And one item not on that list is pickled red onions – oh my, YUM.

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I had an amazingly successful year with my stamped metal jewelry hobby-turned-business, which is a hobby I started at the end of 2014, but has now morphed into a true passion. It’s not something I talk about frequently on the blog but it’s a very large part of my life and a big part of what made 2015 so wonderful. If you are interested in seeing what I’ve been up to in the custom jewelry sector of my life, here is a link to my page.

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Another large highlight of 2015 was a trip to Boston I took with co-author of this blog, Kristin and two other of our family members from NYC. We all met in Boston for the Boston Fermentation Festival. I got to meet Amanda Feifer, blogger extraordinaire of Phickle and author of the new book, Ferment Your Vegetables. I also got to meet the co-founder of the event and potter of my favorite, most gorgeous fermentation crock, Jeremy Ogusky. At the event we got to sample many ferments from local fermenters and even judged in a pickle contest — that was a true highlight for me. We took advantage of being in Boston and toured it endlessly for the 3 days we were out there. What a lovely city – I can’t wait to go back.

Enough about me… here are the top 5 posts that kept people coming back to the blog in 2015:

#1. 101 Things I Love About My Mother  – This one moved up to first place this year. I had no clue anyone would be interested in this tribute to my mother, let alone become my most popular ranking post. 🙂

#2. Pickled California Mixed Veggies – An easy refrigerator pickled veggie recipe with lots of flavor that is a great addition to salads, bloody mary’s, or just a quick flavorful snack.

#3. Chunky Cream of Broccoli Soup – No Blender Needed.  – This post has been my 3rd most popular for the last two years. It’s a go-to recipe in our household, super easy and delicious. A crowd pleaser.

#4. Baked Zucchini with Mozz Cheese AKA “The New Garlic Bread” –  Baked zucchini is a perfect healthy substitute for bread when eating an Italian dish. It’s a wonderful side dish for any meal, really.

#5. Cucumber, Kale, Apple & Carrot Juice Recipe – A new recipe to make the list this year and I’m happy to see it on the top 5. Juicing is a terrific way to get a blast of vitamins and nutrients into your body quickly and it’s easy on the digestive system. I’ll be posting more juicing recipes in the weeks to come.

Happy 2016!

Start Your Week Off Right with This Veggie Juice Recipe

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Over the weekend I made this veggie juice recipe. I pretty much used whatever I had on hand as well as what my garden was ready to give me. **All ingredients are organic**

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole beet
  • 5 tomatoes (even though only 4 are pictured)
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • About 1 cup of spinach
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • Optional: 1 jalapeño (I didn’t add it in this time because the little one was having juice, but I really enjoy juiced jalapeño).

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If you are not a fan of beets, try only adding half of a beet instead, as the flavor is a bit overpowering. Next time I would add 2-3 garlic cloves instead of one. And maybe two carrots instead of four. If I would have had a cucumber, I would have added that as well. It’s fun to play around with different fruits and veggies – I have never made a juice I didn’t like.

What ingredients are in your favorite homemade juice?

Take care, Stephanie

Start Your Morning Off Right with Cucumber, Kale, Apple and Carrot Juice *Recipe*

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This morning I put together a new juice for breakfast and it turned out delicious.

Organic Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a large cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 stalks of kale
  • 10 grapes (optional)

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I made the juice with just the first four ingredients and tasted it. Then I saw I had some cleaned grapes on the counter so I tossed those in as an afterthought. The grapes gave the juice some additional sweetness that it was lacking, but it definitely had good flavor before the grapes so they are not necessary.

Most of the juices I have made over the years were made with whatever ingredients at I had on hand. I cannot remember a time that I had a juice turn out bad. Please be comfortable with experimenting with your juicer!

Enjoy!

What is your favorite juice?

Take care, Stephanie

A New Breakfast Juice Recipe, Enjoyed From A “Hillbilly Wine Glass”

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A couple of weeks ago my friend showed me a photo of these “Hillbilly Wine Glasses” for sale online. They were on sale for  $25 for a set of two.  I couldn’t believe what they were charging!  I told him I could make them myself and so I did. I made him a set of 4 glasses, for a quarter of the cost of what he would have paid for 2 glasses and it took me about 3 minutes, literally.

Before I gave them away for good, I decided to enjoy my morning juice from a glass and they are actually pretty awesome to drink from. I thought they’d feel awkward but they didn’t at all. I am going to make two more for myself and drink out of them when I am canning from now on.

Here are the ingredients for the juice I made:

  • 1 whole large cucumber
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple

It made two servings and had a nice flavor. All produce was organic.

Take care, Stephanie

Saturday Morning Juice – Apples, Carrots and Pineapple

The start of the New Year always kicks off a health trend. People join gyms, buy fancy juicers, make tons of resolutions (that most  unfortunately do not follow through on) and before you know it we are back to square one.  Well now that we are in the month of April, I want to know how the resolutions are going?! And most importantly, WHO IS STILL JUICING?

Here is our Saturday morning juice!

Red and green apples…

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Apple, pineapple and carrot juice - MinnesotaFromScratch.wordpress.comThe outcome: 

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I hope many of you are still juicing! If not, begin again today.  It is a fantastic way to get in an extra dose of fruits and vegetables that otherwise we likely would not.

Take care, Stephanie

 

 

What did you put in the last juice you made?

Your New Favorite Wake Up Juice

This is a great juice to start the day with and absolutely my favorite tasting homemade juice so far!

Pineapples (pH 3.20 – 4.10) are delicious, but a little too acidic for me to enjoy as a stand alone fruit in a cup.  Nutritionally they aid in the bodies digestion and elimination because of their acidic make-up, which closely resembles the human gastric juices.  They are also very juicy, if you catch my drift.

Pears (pH 3.50 – 4.60) are also helpful for digestion/constipation as well as they keep your thyroid and metabolism in check. They contain more pectin than apples do which reduces serum cholesterol and cleanses the body of all sorts of nasty toxins from the environment.

You may be as surprised as I was to learn that although oranges (pH 3.00-4.34) are a great purifier for the body and an excellent source of vitamin C (water soluble), they lose all of their vitamin C content within 1/2 hour of being squeezed!  Yet another reason to make your own juice and drink it right away!  I typically fresh squeeze one orange and fill the rest of a small glass with water for my son every morning.

The ingredients:
(makes one large glass)

1/2 Pineapple
1 Pear
1 – 2 Oranges
top it off with a little water (approx 1/4 cup)

Cabbage Juice

As delicious as a cabbage juice sounds, you have to know that cabbage (pH 5.20-6.80) is amazing.  For instance, raw cabbage:

  • detoxifies the stomach and upper bowels faciliating rapid elimination
  • alkalinizes the body
  • stimulates the immune system
  • kills harmful bacteria and viruses
  • improves circulation

Raw spinach (pH 5.50-6.80) is one of the best cures to constipation and bowel cleansing, inflammation, and repair of the colon.  Because it is rich in iron anc chlorophyll it helps build healthy blood.

Carrots (pH 4.55 – 6.10) are amazing at cleansing almost every system in the body while delivering an array of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to cells giving them the fuel they need to wash away all the yucky stuff and rebuild healthy cells.

This juice was okay and could be modified with more carrots or apples as your tastes desire.

The ingredients:
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1/8 cabbage
1 handful fresh spinach leaves
2 carrots
2 apples

Grapefruit – Carrot – Ginger Super Juice

Grapefruit (pH 3.00 – 3.75) has cleansing qualities that break up fatty build up in your arteries and flushes it away.  The acid that does this you cannot find anywhere else.  Not only that butgrapefruitcarrotgingering this citrus friend of ours has proved to one of the most valuable fuits that aids in the removal of inorganic calcium that may have formed deposits in the joints (arthritis) as a result of over consumption of white flour and pasturized milk products.

Carrots (pH 4.55 – 6.10) are amazing at cleansing almost every system in the body while delivering an array of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to cells giving them the fuel they need to wash away all the yucky stuff and rebuild healthy cells.

Ginger also has an array of digestive benefits and healing qualities as well has tastes great!

The result: one very tasty detoxifying juice!

The ingredients:

2 Grapefruit (skinned)
4 Carrots
Chunk of Ginger

Quick Tip:  Peeling grapefruit can be very time consuming and discouraging for use in juice recipes.  You could use a citrus juicer to get the fresh juice and then add that to the “juiced” ingredients OR simply cut off the skin and add it to your power juicer with the other ingredients.  I prefer cutting the skin off as it literally takes a fraction of the time (20 sec) it would to hand squeeze and I don’t have to wash up the citrus juicer!

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5 Star Beet Juice

If you are like me, just thinking about beets makes you lose your appetite.  But because beets (pH 4.9 – 6.6) are one of nature’s best bodily cleansers and provide the following healthy benefits I decided that it would be worthwhile to incorporate them into my juicing regimen.

  • dissolve and eliminate acid crystals from the kidneys
  • eliminate blood toxemia
  • enrich the red corpuscles (building strong blood)
  • detoxify the liver and gallbladder
  • eliminate pocket acid material (what?) in the bowel
  • the list goes on and on…

Lucky for you I’ve already done the hard work of taste testing multiple recipes before landing on one that was borderline yummy.

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The ingredients:
(makes 1 glass)

1 small beet
1 orange (skinned)
1 apple
2 carrots
2 celery ribs
chunk of ginger

Quick Tip:  Peeling oranges can be very time consuming and discouraging for use in juice recipes.  You could use a citrus juicer to get the fresh juice and then add that to the “juiced” ingredients OR simply cut off the skin and add it to your power juicer with the other ingredients.  I prefer cutting the skin off as it literally takes a fraction of the time (20 sec) it would to hand squeeze and I don’t have to wash up the citrus juicer!

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