green juice aka the rest button

It’s no secret that green smoothies are in regular rotation around here. But every so often you need to bring out the big guns – like after you’ve eaten your way through New York City. Or you’ve spent the afternoon sipping vodka cocktails and eating cupcakes by the pool with a couple of girlfriends. Or you had dinner on the midway at the CNE. Or when you’ve recently done all of the above and feel like it’s time to hit the reset button. That’s when it’s time to bring out the heavy artillery: juice.

What’s the difference between smoothies and juice? To put it simply, fibre. Smoothies contain all of the glorious fibre from the fruits and vegetables you loaded in to your blender.  Juice on the other hand extracts the fibre (also known as pulp), leaving behind all of the great nutrients from the veggies and fruit in your juice that are easier for your body to absorb, and quickly, since they didn’t need to be digested.

There’s room for both smoothies and juices in my healthstyle; I don’t think one is better than the other. I default to smoothies since they’re super simple, easy to clean up and keep me going until lunch time when I’ve got a long, busy day at work. I reach for a juice when I really want to get the good stuff in me fast; usually when I’m looking to reset like I am this week, or when I need a 3:00 pm boost I’ll head over to my favourite juice bar instead of grabbing a coffee.

Contrary to popular belief you don’t need a juicer to make fresh juice at home. Simply throw all of your gorgeous fruits and vegetables into the blender, add a little water and blend. Strain that bad boy through a fine mesh sieve or a nutmilk bag and you’re on your way to fresh juice. Watch this video from Meghan Telpner on how to transform your blender in to a juicer.

So this week I’m adding this drink into my routine. This is my favourite juice, sweet and tart from the apple with a little bit of zing from the ginger. I love ginger, but if you want less of a kick scale it back.

Green Juice
Adapted from It’s All Good

2 big handfuls of leafy greens (kale, spinach, chard, whatever you like — about 1 cup packed)
1 green apple, cored (skin removed if not organic)
1 lime, skin removed
A chunk of peeled ginger, 1-2 inches
A handful of mint

If you have a juicer, push everything through your juice.

If you are using a blender, put everything into your blender with 1/2 cup of water. Blend until smooth and then pass it through a fine mesh sieve or a nutmilk bag.

Serve over ice.