I'm an avid juicer. My body definitely notices when I slack on this routine of mine. When I'm on the juice I feel more energetic, my skin glows, my cravings get a hold of themselves, and my digestion is on point. A lot of people ask me what juicer I use and I've been fortunate enough to have been lent a friend's juicer. It's nothing extravagant at all but it gets the nutrient delivering job done. I have been using a Hamilton Beach juicer since summer and it has been such a life changer for me. I even joked around when I first started experimenting with different blends that I was born to create juice recipes. Honestly though, I'm a kick ass juice maker. I have only had a couple of fails in my time but have had a heck a lot of winners. It's about time I start jotting down the recipes and sharing them with the world. A great juicer makes the chore a lot more enjoyable and even more nutritious in some cases (high power vs. slow masticating), but a $300+ juicer is not necessary for you to get those essential micronutrients in. In fact, a lot of determined health nuts even blend their fruits and veggies with their blender and then proceed to strain out the pulp using a cheesecloth, fine mesh sieve, or a nut sack to create a cold pressed juice.
When I juice, I host a full out juicing party. I will make 5-6 juices and store them in mason jars in the fridge. These last me for 3 days (drinking 2 a day or 1 large juice a day). Yes, a juice is best ingested right away to fully benefit from all the nutrients that are ready to surge into our cells. By keeping juices stored for a few days I do lose out on some nutrients. With that being said I say some nutrients are better than none. There are several vegetables that I absolutely adore when they are juiced but to eat them...not so much-in large quanities anyway. My juices still taste great on the third day and most importantly I still experience those nutrition powered benefits that I stated above. And, let's be real...if I had to juice everyday and clean the juicer after every single use, well...yeah. I rest my case.
This following recipe is a super simple, 4 ingredient blend. I had some (more like a lot of) cranberries leftover from the holidays and I wanted to put them to good use. Now I have never personally had a UTI (urinary tract infection) but if I did I would whip up this blend in a heart beat. Cranberries are especially known to prevent UTI's (including recurring infections). These little ruby red berries are high in nutrients and antioxidants, ranking them as a super food. I happened to harmonize the cranberry perfectly with pineapple, carrots, and lemon to create today's uplifting nutrient party.
Cranberry Harmony Juice
- 1 cup cranberries
- 1 cup pineapple
- 2 large carrots
- 1/2 lemon
- Place all ingredients in your juicer and enjoy a fresh Cranberry Harmony Juice!