Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Apple and Ginger Juice
Some mornings I am not moving quickly. Today was one of those mornings. I woke up with a “lovely” headache after not sleeping well last night. Needless to say when I have a headache I am not feeling overly creative in the kitchen. This morning I decided a fresh juice was in order. After chatting with blessedmama yesterday about juice in the Vitamix that idea was stuck in my head.
In Dr. Fuhrman’s book “Eat for Health” that followed “Eat to Live” he recommends what he calls blended salads. This is nothing more than fruit and/or vegetables that have been obliterated in the blender. The idea behind the blended salad is the you get more nutrition from the food because the cell walls have been completely broken down which does happen when we chew whole food.
The juice I made is quick but packed with flavor from the apple cider and fresh ginger. It is a definitely an eye opening juice. I happen to love the flavor and zing from fresh ginger, but if it isn’t one of your favorites I would recommend you reduce the ginger by half. One of things I love about ginger besides the taste is that it is anti-inflammatory. Ginger is said to relieve joint pain. Additional consuming ginger has been associated with a reduction in colon and ovarian cancers. Between the ginger and the apple this juice is great for anyone that wants to eat for health. Here is what I made this morning.
Apple and Ginger Juice
½ cup apple cider
2 apples, cored and cut into chunks
½ inch fresh ginger, minced
Place everything in your blender and process until smooth. Serve cold.
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 210.59
Calories From Fat (3%) - 5.81
Total Fat - 0.69g
Saturated Fat - 0.12g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 7.91mg
Potassium - 488.52mg
Total Carbohydrates - 54.55g
Fiber - 6.96g
Sugar - 28.86g
Protein - 0.99g
This juice contains flavors that I love. It is light, refreshing and healthy. The texture of the juice is a little thick, without being too thick. I think the thickness makes it feel a little more substantial. However you could add more cider or water if you like your juice thinner. This recipe is definitely something I will be making more of while apples are in season. I may play around with it a little in the coming weeks. I am curious how adding ice to this will work.
If you wanted to serve this for bunch it would be beautiful with an apple slice on the rim. I was not with enough to think of that when I was cutting the apples.
Things didn’t go as I had planned this morning so my trip to Costco is not going to happen today. Instead of going grocery shopping I am going to exercise this morning.
I will be back later with a lunch recipe. I hope you are all having a great day.