Juicing with Mommy A.K.A "The Veggie Sneaker!"

I love my juicer.  Or I should say, "I LOOOOOOOOOOVE MY JUICER!!!!!" because that is how I really feel about it.

Today I made Watermelon Juice and it was a big hit. However, I didn't really mention exactly what was in it.  If I did that I knew I wouldn't get many takers. Including the big kid of the family - my husband!

This is how I made our breakfast Watermelon Juice: (Everything went in raw with skins on unless otherwise noted.)

Watermelon (Several large slices - remove rind)
2 handfuls of chopped up organic Kale*
1 1/2 small organic Zucchini
1 large organic Cucumber
1/2 organic Bell Pepper (orange)
2 large stalks of organic Celery and 2 small (with leaves still on)
4 large organic Carrots 

This made enough juice for my husband to take some to work in a large travel mug, the kids each had about 1/2 of a sippy cup worth and I had about 16+ oz over ice.  Everyone thought it was pretty yummy!  Kale* is a bit hard for us to eat raw since it's very strong in flavor so we are only using a bit of it at first to ease into it.  It's very good for you though so I try to add it into all of my juices, but if I put too much it overpowers it and no one drinks it, including me.  Trader Joe's finally has a prepackaged, washed and chopped up bag of raw organic kale so this is what I got the other day and I've been really happy with it since I can just reach in and take a handful. 

A Note On Using Organics: Since I'm not removing any skins for my juice except for the watermelon rind I like to use as much organic produce as possible to reduce the amount of pesticides and harmful chemicals we're ingesting.  
Buying Guide: When buying organic produce I tend to follow the Dirty Dozen list that was put out by EWG (Environmental Working Group) who tested each fruit and veg on the list to see which ones contain the most pesticide residue. You can print out this list and keep it in your purse or wallet so you'll always have it with you at the store or farmers market.  According to the EWG website, "You can lower your pesticide intake substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and eating the least contaminated produce."  
What is the #1 most contaminated fruit on the list? Apples! 
Farmers Markets: It's important to know too that not all produce at the farmers market is organic. To be sure you are buying and paying for organic produce, you need to ask each stand before you buy. I always try to ask the farmer who owns the stand if they are there, or the manager of the stand as they are your best bet in getting an honest answer regarding the produce. 

Be sure to buy a rainbow of colors and don't forget your reusable bags!  

Happy Juicing!

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  1. This juice sounds amazing! I keep thinking about buying a juicer but haven't bit the bullet yet - I think aside from them being pricey I feel like I will spend a ton more money on produce... I know it is good for our health but we do strive to eat the 8 servings of fruits and veggies each day. I've been buying Suja cold pressed green organic juice at Costco and love it! A friend of mine said watermelon is one of those foods that should be consumed on its own and not with other foods - I forget the reason she gave... may be worth checking into.

  2. Anonymous28 May

    Wow! I'm a huge homemade juice fan too, but have never tried zucchini or bell peppers in a juice before! This sounds incredibly refreshing :-)

  3. Love juicing too. Mostly when the warmer weather starts (Spring and Summer).

    Organic ingredients are very import to me, so you just spot on this recipe. Thank you for sharing.


  4. I don't own a juicer yet but it's something I've always wanted! You are getting such an amazing variety of fruit and veg into a delicious, kid-friendly drink! Thank you for linking up with #foodpornthursdays x

  5. I have wanted a juicer for so long and have yet to buy one! I am thinking it is time. I am so picky when it comes to veggies so this would be a great way for me to enjoy them. The possibilities are endless!!

  6. This sounds like a great juice, such fresh and summery flavours! We don't have a juicer but I bet I can make a smoothie version :) #foodpornthursdays

  7. I too love juicing! And thanks for the link to the list of vegetables with the most chemical residues. I knew that apples did but I will have to check out the rest of the list. Thanks for linking up with #foodpornthursdays.


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