This tropical green juice will have you raring to go for the new year! Jump-start your day by filling your body with nutrient-dense kale, refreshing cucumber, and the punchy flavours of pineapple, peach, orange, and lime. Top it off with a little honey or agave for sweetness and you have a recipe for all-day success.
Hello from the other siiiiiide.
Welcome to 2016! I’m so excited to be here. I don’t know about you, but I am 100% pumped for this year. I have so many plans for the blog and for you guys! I don’t want to give too much away, because I really like surprising you with things like recipe series, cooking tutorials, giveaways, and (of course) lots of natural, delicious, and easy baked treats! I will say that I have a few of all of the aforementioned things planned, so I think we’re in for a great year.
I had a fabulous holiday season. At least, that’s what my bathroom scale tells me. I know all of you have probably been there as well (or, like me, are there right now!), so I wanted to kick off 2016 on a healthy note. After all the carbs, cheese, cream, sugar, and chocolate we consumed over Christmas, I think we owe it to ourselves to at least spend a few weeks feeding ourselves a little more greenery, amiright?
I love juice. Orange, apple, guava, strawberry kiwi, pineapple, grapefruit, you name it. The issue I have with store bought juice is that it’s often loaded up with added sugar, or the fruit loses its nutritional value through concentration processes. I don’t often buy juice from the store for these reasons.
Juicing your own fruit and vegetables can be a great alternative. You know exactly what is going into your juice, there’s no need to add extra sugar, and you can make your own flavour combinations! However, juicers come with a hefty price tag. I saw a used one going on eBay for $600 USD! Not only are they expensive, they’re also a pain to clean. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Especially not when you’re already twenty minutes late for work because you pressed “off” instead of “snooze.” Does anybody else do this on a regular basis?
Another thing you lose from juicing your own fruit and veg is the fibre. That pulp you throw into the garbage (before you begin the painstaking labour of love that is cleaning your juicer) is gold for your digestive tract. It helps keep everything running along smoothly so nothing gets backed up and blocked. Everyone needs a little help keeping the pipes clean, right? Furthermore, not only does a juicer remove all this healthy fibre, it also tricks you into drinking way more calories than your body really needs.
Let’s say you’re a fruit juice purist, and you only drink orange juice in the morning. 1 medium orange contains about 2 ounces of juice. Therefore, to make a full (8 oz) glass of orange juice, you would need to feed 4 oranges through your juicer. 1 orange contains about 62 calories (source). So with that one glass of juice, you’re consuming 248 calories! If you drink one of these a day, that’s 1,736 calories a week! For just a glass of orange juice! Granted, these numbers reduce heavily if you’re filling your juice with veggies and only using one piece of fruit for flavour, but you’re still missing out on the fibre.
I don’t own a juicer. I did, briefly, when I was living in Australia. But it was such a pain in the butt to clean that I think I only used it twice. It then sat on the shelf collecting dust. Trust me when I say that you don’t need that juicer. You can make perfectly tasty and healthy juice with your blender or Magic Bullet.
Jump-Start Juice is made for the blender. It contains soft fruit and vegetables that can easily be whizzed up and emulsified. Pineapple and citrus combine to create a tropical sensation so real you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a beach in Maui. The kale and cucumber give us our all important dose of green goodness and the peaches and honey help to sweeten the deal. This juice is so smooth I promise you won’t even notice the pulp!
Here’s to a happy and healthy January!
- 1 cup packed kale, washed and destemmed
- 1 2-inch piece cucumber, roughly chopped
- ½ cup pineapple, roughly chopped
- ½ cup frozen peaches, roughly chopped*
- Juice of 1 small orange
- Juice of 1 lime
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1 tsp honey (or agave)**
- 1 small handful ice (4-5 cubes)
- Add all the ingredients to a blender or Magic Bullet and whiz until smooth. You may have to stop and shake the jar a few times.
- Pour into two 250 ml (8 oz) glasses and drink immediately.
**You can use up to 1 tablespoon of honey or agave if you like your juices sweeter, but I enjoy the tartness of this juice.