Watermelon Green Juice

BLOG_December 29, 2013

Watermelon has been my go-to snack lately, so why not put it in my green juice? Now, mixing green and pink juices together does not result in the most beautiful of colors, but the taste is delicious. This juice is sweet and super refreshing – perfect for summer!

Watermelon Green Juice
Recipe Type: Beverage
Author: Adapted, Kris Carr
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups watermelon
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 bunch kale or romaine
  • 1 bunch mint
  • 2 cucumbers
Instructions
  1. Prep and wash all produce. Juice and serve. This makes about 3 regular sized mason jar servings for me. I store extra in the fridge and consume within a day.

 

Green Energizer Juice {my favorite juice recipe}

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I hope 2014 is treating you well so far! I’m trying to get rid of the last of my “holiday cold” (Christmas was in bed this year, literally) and gear up to go back to work on Monday. If you’ve been on holiday, I can totally understand how difficult it is to get into work mode again. 6am alarms sound about as wonderful as a root canal right now. That’s why I thought now is the perfect time to introduce you to my favorite homemade juice. Maybe you need a little help, too.

A lot of folks like to do juice cleansing in the new year so this is a great juice to throw in the mix. I have not had a ton of success with juice cleansing, simply because I don’t have the will power to go without food … but I love fresh juice in the mornings. So whether you are cleansing, or simply adding a new juice to your routine, I think you will love this Green Energizer. It is refreshing, a little tart, sweet, and has just the right amount of zing thanks to the ginger.  This recipe makes about 3 regular-sized Mason jars worth of juice.

Last year I wrote about adding fruit and vegetable smoothies to my diet, and since then I have also added juicing after receiving a juicer from my mom. (Moms are the best!). I have a Breville Juice Fountain, which is a very affordable model, and I absolutely love it. It is small enough to sit on my counter and it is easy to use and clean. If you don’t have a juicer, see my earlier post about smoothies and you can still add more fruit and vegetable goodness to your diet. And if you want more recipe ideas for a healthy and tasty 2014, make sure to sign up for posts via email (see sign up to the left) and like Q&DK on facebook (see link to the left) to get all new posts in your feed!

Green Energizer Juice {my favorite juice recipe}
 
Author: Q&DK
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 2 heads of romaine, washed
  • 3 cucumbers, peeled
  • 3 green apples, washed
  • 2 pears, washed
  • A fresh piece of ginger, about 1 inch long
  • 1 large, or 2 small limes, halved
Instructions
  1. Wash and cut your produce as needed to fit your juicer. I usually slice the apples and pears in half and put everything else in whole.
  2. Juice all ingredients except for the lime, pouring the juice into your preferred containers. Using a citrus squeezer or your hands, squeeze the lime into a measuring cup and divide among your juice containers.
 
Notes
I put the ginger right in mine without peeling, but you can peel if you prefer. My juicer does not do citrus unless it is peeled, so I just squeeze my citrus separately. I always buy organic apples because they are the #1 pesticide contaminated produce and they are fairly inexpensive to buy at regular grocers. Cucumbers are also listed on the dirty dozen, but organic can be really expensive (at least at my grocer). If you can’t buy organic, make sure to peel these well. If you want more information about the dirty dozen, download EWG’s (Environmental Working Group) Shopper’s Guide or find them online.

 

 

Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

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I feel like I’ve been deprived in the cocktail department my entire alcohol appropriate life given that I only first tried a Pimm’s Cup this summer!

What?! A cocktail with fruit and mint with a gin-based liqueur? I love all of those things and yet I first heard of Pimm’s Cup only recently. Well, that’s okay because now I have a new favorite cocktail – mild, refreshing, and oh so tasty. And perfect timing because my dear friend Molly recently gave me that cute little Mason jar cocktail shaker pictured above. I’m obsessed with Mason jars and now I even have one for cocktail shaking!

Are you a seasoned Pimm’s drinker, or never tried one? Either way, these look perfect for the upcoming weekend. 🙂

Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

 
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Q&DK
I’ve taken the best of many Pimm’s recipes to come up with what I think is the tastiest version.
Ingredients
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Pimm’s No. 1
  • 1 navel orange, cut crosswise into thin slices
  • 1 green apple, cut crosswise into thin slices (discard top and bottom, remove seeds)
  • 1 seedless cucumber (half cut into thin slices, half cut into long wedges)
  • Mint leaves, to taste
  • 1 cup cold ginger ale or lemon lime soda
  • 1/2 cup cold lemonade
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the Pimm’s, oranges, apples, sliced cucumber, and mint (crush it a bit before adding). Chill for at least 10 minutes so the flavors develop.
  2. After chilling, stir in the cold ginger ale and lemonade. Put cucumber wedges into your classes, a bit more mint, and fill with ice. Pour the cocktail over the ice and add some of the fruit.
 
Notes
*I keep a frozen can of Minute Maid lemonade concentrate in my freezer and scoop out what I need for cocktails, rather than buying lemonade or making big pitchers. *If you really like a cucumber flavor, use the cucumber slices and let the drink chill for at least an hour. I prefer this as a way to get a refreshing cucumber flavor in the drink. If you don’t like cucumber, simply omit the slices and use the wedges for serving purposes.

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Peach and Spinach Smoothie

Peach and Spinach Smoothie

I’m a big fan of green smoothies, but during the summer I tend to actually drink them less because I’m off my normal work schedule and I suffer from a major iced coffee addiction.

However, the beautiful, plump, juicy, local peaches I’ve been getting have me thinking a lot about the blender and so I’ve been loving these smoothies. Whip yourself up one for breakfast or an afternoon snack before fresh peaches are gone!

Peach and Spinach Smoothie

 
Recipe Type: Beverage
Author: Q&DK
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 cups baby spinach (or regular spinach with thick stems removed), rinsed
  • 2 fresh peaches, pitted and chopped
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • 1 cup almond milk (or your favorite milk)
  • Hemp or flax seeds, optional to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more almond milk as needed to reach desired consistency. The peaches should add enough sweetness, but you can also add agave or honey if you like.
 
Notes
*I like to freeze small baggies of fresh spinach and use in my smoothies so I don’t need to add ice cubes. You can do the same and omit the ice cubes if you prefer. *I also add hemp and/or flax seeds to my smoothies for some extra health boost – you may want to try this easy way to add some vitamins to your smoothies.

 

 

Floral Strawberry Cocktail

Floral Strawberry Cocktail

This is my kind of summer cocktail – sweet strawberries, floral St. Germain, and bright mint create a tasty cocktail perfect for sipping in the heat. I paired these with grilled fish and vegetables for a summertime dinner outdoors – heaven! Make yourself one now … you deserve a cocktail 🙂

Floral Strawberry Cocktail

 
Recipe Type: Cocktail
Author: Q&DK
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 3-4 strawberries, washed, hulled, and chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp. sugar
  • a few sprigs of mint, washed and hard stems removed
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
  • Soda water or flavored seltzer
Instructions
  1. In each glass, muddle the strawberries, sugar, and mint. If you don’t have a muddler, the handle of a wooden spoon works well. Add the gin, St. Germain, and a handful of ice. Top with soda water or your favorite seltzer.
 
Notes
*Recipe is for one drink – if you are making a large batch, use these measurements to multiply your recipe.