Yesterday morning I decided to put two things to good use – my juicer and that bag of veg I bought when I was spaced out in the greengrocers at the weekend. I walked around the shop five times, basket in hand, hastily placing random fruit and veg in a neat pile. I am quite happy with my selection, though, as I was able to make a really delicious juice before work.
Beetroot, carrot, apple, spinach, kale and ginger juice
Ingredients (enough for one)
2 small bulbs of raw beetroot, root chopped off
Handful of curly kale
Handful of spinach
3 medium sized carrots
1 inch ginger, peeled
Simply juice everything and enjoy straight away. There’s something so satisfying about creating a delicious and healthy homemade juice. I didn’t eat anything after this until lunch time, which I regretted as I was starving by 11am, but at least I was safe in the knowledge that I had fed my body with nutrients! In the future, I’ll supplement it with something equally as healthy to eat for breakfast.
Every once in a while I go through a healthy phase. One too many burgers or pizzas usually pushes me over the edge and I spend the next few weeks being a good girl by going to the gym and eating healthily. I was pretty good over the summer, then I took my first bite of a burger at The Advisory, my friend’s burger restaurant, which happens to be a 2 minute walk away from my house, and I was hooked.
So I would say it was good timing when Argos got in touch to ask if I would like to try one of the juicers from their range. I went through a juice phase a couple of years ago but stopped when I spilled my creation all over the kitchen floor one morning before work. The machine I had at the time wasn’t the easiest to use so I gave up as it was too much hassle before a hard day at work.
This time, however, was different. Argos has a wide range of juicers and I chose the Phillips Viva Juicer in Black, which prides itself on being easy to clean – in one minute in fact. So I put it to the test before work for a couple of weeks before heading to Australia. I used fruit and veg from the local greengrocers and went for a green juice with spinach, kale, carrot, apple, ginger and lemon. I switched the juicer on and it sprang to life. It’s not a quiet machine and I’m sure the bedroom straight above the kitchen could hear. But they are right when they say that it can be cleaned in one minute. The instructions that came in the box weren’t the most detailed and when I finally figured out how to take the blade off the base (just pull it quite firmly) I scooped the veg waste into the recycling box, gave the parts it a quick wash and left them on the draining board to dry. I was also left with the most delicious and healthy breakfast juice. A big thumbs up from me.
This post is in association with Argos.
Trying to be healthy at this time of year just doesn’t work. But it’s a time when we all need to try a little bit harder. Illness is a plenty and most people I know have been hit with the dreaded lurgey over the last couple of months, myself included.
I explained how awful I was feeling to a friend over breakfast a couple of weeks ago and she gave me some great advice. Make a fresh juice for breakfast. Not only do they cut down on the calories but they are packed with vitamins needed to keep those winter blues at bay. So the first thing I did was dust off the juicer, buy two huge shopping bags full of veg and set to work.
It is best to drink the juice as soon as you have made it, otherwise you run the risk of losing the essential vitamins. But if you haven’t got time to juice in the morning, do it at night before you go to bed, place in an air tight bottle and drink in the morning.
Carrot, ginger, apple and celery juice recipe – Makes one large glass
1 ½ inch ginger
1 stick celery
No need to peel or prepare anything, simply juice and enjoy!