Green Dream Juice and Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients for Green Dream Juice

These two recipes are smooth, mild, and cooling…perfect for easy drinking on a hot day.

Recipe for Green Dream Juice

makes approximately 40 ouncesGreen Dream Juice

  • 2 large organic apples, cored and cut to fit in juicer – I recommend Golden Delicious or Fuji
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled
  • 2 limes, peeled
  • 1 inch fresh ginger – No need to peel
  • 4 leaves green kale with stalks – Red kale won’t change the taste of the juice, but it will definitely change the color!

Recipe for Green Dream Smoothie

makes approximately 20 ouncesGreen Dream Smoothie

  • 1 large cucumber, peeled
  • 1 lime, peel cut away
  • 1 large organic apples, cored and cut – I recommend Golden Delicious or Fuji
  • ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled or 1 teaspoon ginger juice 
  • 1 green kale leaf with stalk
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Add ingredients in order listed in a powerful blender, like Vita-Mix, and blend until smooth. Add a small amount of liquid (coconut water, almond milk, etc.) if needed to help the blending process.

Juicing for Health

I’m happy to say I’ve started juicing again…you know I’m talking about fruits and veggies, right?  Summer is a perfect time to juice, when the goal is to enjoy the warm weather while showing off glowing skin…in a bathing suit.  Not there yet?  Adding fresh juice to your daily routine might be able to help.  If you’re new to juicing, or need a reminder of all the benefits, let me share why juicing may be right for you…

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  1. Juicing is the easiest, quickest, and most efficient way to absorb all the nutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables.  The process of heating food destroys nutrients in varying degrees, depending how you cook them.  Eating raw vegetables in the amount that’s ideal can cause digestive upset.  Juicing produce yields micronutrient-rich liquid that’s doesn’t require much effort from our digestive system.
  2. Juicing is easy.  Yes, juicing does take some prep work.  But after you select and clean your produce, it takes little time or effort.  And your meal is totally portable, able to be enjoyed on the go.  I love my Breville juicer (Juice Fountain Plus, recommended to me by Joe Cross) because it’s quick to assemble, extracts all the juice possible from fruits and veggies, is easy to take apart, and a cinch to clean.
  3. Juicing is tasty.  Freshly juiced produce is absolutely delicious!  If you’re new to juicing, it can be a little daunting to figure out what combo makes a tempting, nutritious concoction.  But after consulting the many tasty juice recipes out there, you gain the confidence to know which produce to use, and perhaps even try out your own recipes.  I recommend The Big Book of Juices by Natalie Savona for ideas and guidance.  With more than 400 recipes, you’ll never get bored. I love the nutrients list and benefits rating for each recipe, as well as the index in the back that suggests which juice recipes are helpful for what’s ailing ya.
  4. Juicing is sexy, because it makes YOU sexy.  With skin-glowing nutrients, cleansing properties, and slimming qualities that make a difference people can see…how can you not feel great about how great you look?

Although juicing does awesome things for your body, you do need to keep a few things in mind….

  1. Juice is not nutritionally complete.  There is very little to no protein, and no fat, in juice.  You need both in your diet.  I use juicing to complement my diet as a vitamin-rich snack or a detoxifying elixir.  The only time I use juice to replace meals is when I’m doing a cleanse, and in this case, I’m purposefully giving my digestive system a break from protein and fat.
  2. Fruit and sweet vegetables contain sugar.  Too much sugar, even from healthy sources, is still too much sugar.  If you’re trying to watch your weight or have blood sugar issues, use sweet veggies and fruit sparingly.  I use a carrot, beet, or apple (or half of one) for a touch of sweetness to greens-laden juices or to tone down strongly flavored vegetables like cabbage.  Adding lime or fresh ginger is a great low-sugar way to add depth to your juice or “cover up” strong vegetable flavors.  If you do use sweet produce to juice and want to keep calories/sugar on the light side, drink a small glass instead or dilute your juice with water or club soda.
  3. Use organic produce as much as possible.  Juicing requires a lot of produce…which means you’re consuming a lot of produce.  So make sure what you’re ingesting is free from pesticides and chemicals!  The worst offenders are on the Dirty Dozen list, so definitely choose organic for those.
  4. Fresh juice has a quick end date.  Freshly juiced beverages have a small window of time in which to drink them.  It’s best to drink fresh juice right away, but if you want to make juice for later, here are a few tips:
  • Store juice in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate.  Make sure the juice fills up the entire jar to reduce oxidation.
  • Freeze the juice for later use.  Pop in a couple cubes of juice, frozen in an ice tray, when you’re making smoothies, shakes, and other cold beverages.
  • Taking juice with you but not drinking it right away?  Add a teaspoon of vitamin C powder or squeeze of lemon to the container to keep juice from turning brown.

Happy Juicing!

Refreshing Melon and Cucumber Water

Just when I thought I could transition my closet from summer to winter, we get muggy weather.  Well, the good news is I’m sharing this deliciously refreshing flavored water recipe to cool you off!  Cucumber and melon join forces to hydrate your hard-working body while raising the interest level of plain water so you’ll keep coming back for more.

Notes: If using whole melons, you’ll end up using ¼ of each.  Make sure the melons are very ripe, otherwise you’ll end up with cucumber-only water!  This flavored water recipe is slightly thicker than plain water…if you’ve ever had coconut water, it’s similar to that consistency.

Recipe for Refreshing Melon and Cucumber Water

1½ cups cubed cantaloupe

1½ cups cubed honeydew melon – Make sure it’s really ripe, otherwise it’s pretty flavorless!

1 large cucumber, peeled and sliced about ¼-inch thick

filtered water

You’ll also need:

1 one-gallon pitcher, or several mason jars/carafes that can hold 16 cups or 4 quarts of water

Add fruit and cucumber to pitcher.  Fill with filtered water.  Let steep in the refrigerator overnight or 8-12 hours.  To serve, strain water into glass.  Add portion of fruit and cucumber if desired.

Raspberry-Lime Water with Cardamom

Looking for a way to turn on the flavor of your water without getting one of those “flavored waters” at the store?  Not only can they be expensive, some have weird ingredients and/or added sugar.  Blech.  This recipe for Raspberry-Lime Water with Cardamom is an all-natural way to go, one that pumps up the taste level of good ol’ water to new heights!  It’s fruity, tangy, and pretty in pink.

After fully steeped, aim to finish this water within a day.  The limes tend to get sour after that and affects the taste of the water.  Even though the raspberries get soft, they’re still a tasty treat to eat while sipping.  I think the cardamom adds an intriguing taste to the water, but you could certainly leave it out.

Recipe for Raspberry-Lime Water with Cardamom

makes about 3 cups

¼ heaping cup fresh raspberries

½ lime, sliced (or juice from ½ lime)

seeds from 3 cardamom pods – Crush pods with the flat part of a chef’s knife and split open to reveal seeds.

filtered water

You’ll also need:

a mason jar or glass carafe with a 3½ cup capacity

Add fruit and seeds to jar or carafe.  Fill with filtered water.  Let steep in the refrigerator overnight or 8-12 hours.  To serve, stir mixture and strain water into glass.  Add portion of fruit if desired.

Pineapple-Mint Water with Ginger

Water is essential for our bodies, great for our skin, and should be our #1 go-to beverage choice.  But sometimes plain water is just a tad…well, plain.  Normally, I add citrus to my water, which satisfies my tastes.  This recipe goes beyond simple citrus, however, and becomes a tropical fiesta, infusing plain-Jane water with the sweetness of pineapple, freshness of mint, and slight zing of ginger.  The best thing is, when you finish your glass of water there’s have a pineapple snack waiting for you!

You can easily adjust this recipe to fit your needs.  I had this recipe in the fridge for two days after it had steeped, and it tasted fantastic the whole time.  Although the pineapple wasn’t as sweet as it was before soaking in the water, it was still tasty enough to eat. 

Recipe for Pineapple-Mint Water with Ginger

makes about 3 cups

1 cup fresh pineapple, cut into chunks or slices

small handful fresh mint leaves (about ¼ loose cup)

1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced, or cut into small pieces

filtered water

You’ll also need:

a mason jar or glass carafe with a 3½ cup capacity

Add pineapple, mint, and ginger to jar or carafe.  Fill with filtered water.  Let steep in the refrigerator overnight or 8-12 hours.  To serve, stir mixture and strain water into glass.  Add portion of pineapple/mint/ginger if desired.