• On the Menu: Juice It!

    With the new year on the horizon, we're excited about freshening things up with new recipes and ways of mixing up our daily routine. We're suckers for picking up fancy pressed juices but making them at home is super easy, cost-effective, and a fun way to play around in the kitchen. For some ingredient inspiration, we looked to new UO cookbook Juice It!, and zeroed out our crisper drawer to bring you three amazing recipes. They come together in about five minutes, are packed with nutrients, and taste amazing! We're feeling healthier already. 
    Photos by Michael Persico

    Pineapple Digestif
    Sweet-tart pineapple and papaya get a gingery kick. Plus, it's good for your stomach! Both pineapple and papaya contain enzymes that aid in digestion, and ginger is also soothing for your stomach. Added bonus: it tastes like tropical heaven. 

    3 cups pineapple cubes
    one 2-inch piece fresh ginger
    2 cups papaya cubes

    Green Lemonade
    Ok, we know green juice is sometimes scary and looks like a swamp. But it is not the enemy! If you're intimated by drinking your salad, start out here: the lemon juice brightens up the mineral flavor of the spinach and adds vitamin C, which makes all of the iron more absorbable. A little green apple rounds it all out for a perfectly tart sweetness. 

    1 medium cucumber
    4 cups packed spinach
    1 large green apple, cored
    1/2 lemon, peeled and seeded

    Superfruit Sangria
    We're always up for sangria, especially when it's this super fresh rendition. Juice It's version called for blood orange, but we also like grapefruit here. Plus the color is amazing! This is an antioxidant-packed crowdpleaser. 

    2 cups red grapes
    1 large navel orange, peeled and seeded
    1 blood orange or grapefruit, peeled and seeded
    1 cup raspberries

    A few more pointers for juicing like a pro:
    -Juice is best when it's fresh: drink it immediately after juice it, or the same day for the best-tasting juice and to get the most out of its nutrients
    -when coming up with ideas for what to juice and how to combine ingredients, here's a good rule of thumb: really good, complex, and balanced juices contain elements that are sweet (apple, pear, or any judicable fruit!), tart (citrus), high-yield (something that produces a lot of juice for its size like cucumber or celery), earthy (greens), and maybe a touch of something herby/spicy to finish (like ginger or mint — a little of these goes a LONG way).  
    -experiment! Taste as you go and adjust accordingly.
    -Maximize how much juice you're able to get from your ingredients based on the order you juice them in: for greens, you get way more juice if you pack them tightly, rolling them up before you juice. Alternate juicing lower yield ingredients with harder fruits and vegetables like apples or cucumbers. 
    -For soft ingredients (citrus, melon, etc), green, and herbs use a slower speed on your juicer. 

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