Root Juice Cocktail

A few years ago Tim and I invested in the cutest juicer on the planet. We juiced at least three times a day during the first few weeks with our new appliance. That is a lot of juice! Eventually we tamed ourselves and lessened our juicing to once a day. Sometimes we skip a day, but we try very hard to incorporate fresh juice into our daily routine. It’s easy to stick to favorite juices and often we forget that we have so many options! A few days ago I made a juice using parsnips! The recipe comes from Refresh by Ruth Tal. The book has an entire section dedicated to juices, smoothies, and elixirs. The juice I made is called the Root Juice Cocktail. It is a blend of parsnips, carrots, beets, and ginger. Of course I made one change and added apple. It is apple season afterall!

I liked this juice very much. Parsnips add a sweet, nutty flavor and the beets make it so darn pretty. Pretty sweet juice – who can resist?!


“J” is for Juice!

Earlier this year, Tim and I purchased a juicer. We did plenty of research, watched online demonstrations, and comparison shopped for several weeks. We finally settled on a cute counter-top juicer that we nicknamed Rommy (What? You don’t name your appliances?). Sure, it was a bit spendy, but the benefits of making your own juice far outweigh the cost of the appliance.

1. Making juice at home eliminates unnecessary plastic and glass bottle purchases. We used to buy bottled juice at the store every week. We recycled the bottles, but it still felt wasteful.

2. The only contents in our juice are the fruits and vegetables we put into it. There are no additives or preservatives.

3. Homemade juice is incredibly fresh. It hasn’t been sitting on a store shelf for several weeks.

4. Homemade juice is less expensive, especially if you purchase your fruits and vegetables locally and in-season.

5. The leftover pulp extracted from the juice can be used for composting.

One of our favorite combinations: Apple, carrot, ginger, and beet

Remember my post from yesterday? Well, all of the ingredients in the juice pictured above are considered excellent immunity boosters! Check it out:

Apples: rich in fiber, vitamin-C, malic acid, and flavonoids
Carrots: rich in vitamin-K, beta-carotene, fiber, folate, iron, and zinc
Ginger: rich in phenols and volatile oils, ginger is helps the body detoxify, alleviate nausea, and soothe digestive problems.
Beets: rich in iron, folate, fiber, protein, and potassium, beets help purify the blood.

Do you juice? What are your favorite combinations?