Generally speaking, I’m not a big fan of juices. Fruit juices are obviously way too sugary, but even vegetable juices are problematic – the very idea of using so little of the vegetable, leaving behind all the goodness of the fiber and pulp, is wasteful. Drinking our calories is also usually not as satisfying as eating the same amount of calories, so I usually stick with water (a lemon or lime wedge makes them tasty) or unsweetened herbal tea.
Having said that, I must confess that this morning, after my workout, I drank an amazingly delicious, refreshing and energizing green juice, made from fresh spinach, apple, mint leaves and lemon juice. It was so good in fact, that I’ve declared it an exception to my “do not drink your calories” rule, and although I won’t make it every day, I think it will be great as a little weekend indulgence after my workout.
I made the juice with the NutriPro juicer,* a powerful cold press juicer. According to the manufacturer, the no-blade, cold-press technology minimizes produce oxidation, so more nutrients and enzymes are preserved. The manufacturer also says that the NutriPro Juicer gets more juice from certain fruits and vegetables than other juicers, that it’s quiet (true), easy to clean (hmm.. not THAT easy) and dishwasher safe.
- 1 (5 oz) bag pre-washed baby spinach leaves
- 1 large apple (I used Fuji), unpeeled, uncored, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup (packed; around 10 grams) fresh mint leaves, including stems**
- Place the ingredients in your juicer and juice according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If using a juicer other than NutriPro, you might need to core the apple and get rid of the mint stems.
- Drink immediately. Ahhh! So refreshing.
**The mint is very important here - it adds lots of flavor and really elevates this juice, so make sure you use it.