Detox Pink & Green Juice

For the past month, as much as I have tried to fight it, I have been one sick puppy! I initially blamed my poor health on the damp UK weather & the writing of my dissertation (I conveniently did not attribute any of my maladies to senioritis partying). Fast forward one month later, my symptoms had worsened and I was forced to finally pay my favorite & most trusted Dr Ronni a visit. All it took was one blood test (and a quick pass-out later)– I was diagnosed with Mono.
I am currently convalescing at home and receiving some extraordinary TLC. This morning I woke up to the sound of a humming blender. I hadn’t used my blender for a while before this but I remember when I bought it I spent hours looking at expertoo reviews to find the best blender for the job. The blender works really well and I made a good choice with the one I bought and I’m glad it’s finally getting used! Mom was making me some healthy, immune-boosting smoothies and knew the pink and green juice colors would cheer me up. For me juicing is the best medicine out there! Mom always uses a blender instead of a juicer as she believes many of the fruit and vegetable benefits lie within the skin, seeds, and pulp. I can’t say I disagree! With this being said, just because I prefer using blenders, it doesn’t mean that someone else cannot use a juicer to make delicious drinks. It may be worth checking out sites like Juice Buff for more information when it comes to finding the right equipment to start making your own juices.

I hope you enjoy the following recipes. Please feel free to substitute with ingredients that may be more readily available to you or with fruits & veg you happen to have in the fridge!

Green Juice Cleanse Recipe
1 cup coconut water
2 celery sticks
1 medium cucumber
1 large green apple or 2 small
1 orange, rind removed
1/4 cup of mint
2 inch piece of fresh ginger
2 large handfuls of spinach
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons of honey (optional)
8-10 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients and enjoy! Depending on amount of water in veggies and fruit you may want to thin juice out with additional coconut water or water

Pink Smoothie Recipe
1 cup Greek Yogurt
1 cup Vanilla or Plain Almond Milk
1 1/2 cups of Mango
1 1/2 cups of Papaya
1 banana
2 heaping tablespoons ground Flaxseed
2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 tablespoon of honey (optional)
grated nutmeg to taste
In season papaya and mango are a great treat when sliced and stored in the freezer. Trader Joe’s also has a great frozen fruit selection. If you are in the Boston area, try Sophia’s Greek yogurt in Belmont– it is sooo worth the trip and made with Goat’s milk from Vermont. Available in: fat free, 2%, full fat and honey. Sophia’s also makes an outrageously delicious soft serve froyo. This is as good as any Greek Yogurt I have had in Greece.

If you are looking to drink your smoothie on the go- treat yourself to a Create Your Own Monogrammed Tumbler. Perfect to load with smoothie goodness on your way to work, school or errands. You can Think Pink (or for that matter any color) while living Green.

Please let us know your favorite juice or smoothie recipe!