I am obsessed with juicing, especially anything green. Because honestly, who really likes the taste of kale? But throw it into any smoothie and you can’t even taste it. However, what I’m not obsessed with is spending $7 on a juice from Whole Foods. Don’t get me wrong, their juices are delicious but I’m on a budget… a budget that makes me cringe when I spend $7 on a 16oz juice.
So today, post swim, instead of making a pit stop at Whole Foods to grab my favorite drink, Green Ryder, I drove over to Kroger for a little DIY action. Last time I ordered a Green Ryder I watched them make it so I could try to do it at home.
At Kroger I picked up:
- 2 Organic Cucumbers
- 1 Bag Organic Celery
- 1 big bunch of Organic Kale
- 1 bag frozen pineapple
- Organic Apple Juice (optional – can also use water)
All this came out to be $15
To make the juice you need:
- 1/2 cup sliced cucumber
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 2-3 kale leaves (remove the stem)
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/2 -3/4 cup apple juice (or any liquid). I prefer apple juice to make it a little more sweet.
While the smoothie was blending I continued chopping up the left over veggies and divided them up into bags to freeze. With all the ingredients I had left over I was able to make 6 pre-packaged smoothies (that’s $2.50 a smoothie y’all!). All I have to do now is throw it in a blender and add juice! And because they’re bagged up and frozen I can take my time enjoying them rather than worrying about my veggies going bad.
What I love most about the Green Ryder is the vast amount of greens in it. If I’m being honest, I don’t really favor any of the ingredients that go into the green ryder alone. Funny huh? But the cucumber and the pineapple combined with the apple juice gives it just the right amount of sweetness. It made me want to be back in Key West soaking up some rays by the pool!
Happy Thirsty Thursday!
Today it’s Green, Green, and more Green.
Yes, I know it doesn’t look like it would taste good. After all, when was the last time you ate a salad and thought it was the most delicious thing in the world? I get it. But y’all- the smoothie is the most delicious smoothie in the world.
Yesterday, I made a huge batch of it. I made 5 cups. FIVE. One for each of my grandparents, one for my parents to share, and two for me. I know what you’re thinking… I originally made one for each of my parents but they were at work when I made them and I got a hankerin’ for some more juice about 3 hours later, so I drank one of theirs. I wasn’t sorry but I know they were because they all loved it- and they were reluctant to drink it too!
Not only is this smoothie relatively cheap (about $9 for all 5 servings) in the world of juicing its also has about 3 servings of vegetables in one glass. You get to drink your vegetables and actually enjoy it! Don’t be afraid of the color, close your eyes and drink it if you have to because it’s DELICIOUS! It’s just the right amount of sweetness!
Here’s how to make it:
1 Cup Spinach, Kale, Chard Mix (from Trader Joe’s)
1/2 Large Cucumber (about 5 inches)
2 Celery Sticks
1 Cup Frozen Pineapple
1.5 cup Water or Apple Juice
Just put it in the blender and you’re ready to go!
Please join me in welcoming this new aspect of my blog! Thirsty Thursday: The Healthy Way!
Just last April I hopped on the “Juicing” bandwagon and I love it! Not only is it nutritious, it’s fast, easy, and DELICIOUS! haha i rhymed! Each week you can come back and get a new tasty recipe. If you’re not a juicer, do not fear! I will also be posting smoothie recipes! Today I decided to make what i call “Morning Breeze.” With both cucumber and grapes, it is such a refreshing drink. To make this you’ll need:
1 Large Cucumber (or 2 Regular sized ones)
3 Red Apples
1.5 Cups of Red Grapes
2 Cups Spinach
and a juicer
I usually start off by getting my ingredients ready and cutting the apples in half since they won’t fit in my juicer. Once they’re all ready I just put it all in! It doesn’t particularly matter which order but I always like to start with the apples or cucumber since they make the most juice. And if you’re worried about putting spinach in your juice, you can’t even taste it! The only tip I can give you on this juice is to STIR STIR STIR! there’s lots of separation in this recipe.
P.S. Shout out to mi madre who let me come pick the HUGE cucumber from her garden!