Happy Hour: Belle's Blackberry Breeze
Feb 3, 2012
As I mentioned last week, I bought a juicer. This is a big step for someone who subsisted on nothing but Taco Bell and Krispy Kreme in college (true story, ask Miss M). Seriously, who is this healthy person who eats vegetables, buys a juicer and works out? If I believed in aliens, I’d think that I’d been abducted.
When I bought the juicer, Miss M made a really good point, that I needed to mix some veggies into the fruit juice or else my sugar levels would be off the charts. So I’ve been experimenting with some different juice recipes: carrot + ginger + tangerine, beet + raspberry + apple, but my favorite, has to be a concoction that I’m calling Blackberry Breeze.
3 Granny Smith Apples
1 Pint Blackberries
4 Handfuls (about 6 oz) of Spinach
1 Can Dole Pineapple Chunks
I like to juice the apples first, then the blackberries. Then, I juice half of the pineapple. The reason for this is simple, the pineapple is very liquidy, so it will push help clean some of the blackberry pulp from the mesh filter. Then, I juice the spinach and then, the rest of the pineapple so that the extra liquid can pull some more of the spinach nutrients into the juice.
This juice is tangy, sweet and really filling. And the best part? You do not taste the spinach at all. You get pineapple and blackberry flavor in equal measue with a bit of zing from the apple.
If you want it to be a true happy hour, you can add vodka. I recommend lemon or blackberry vodka, it really adds something.
And what do I wear when I juice? Workout clothes. I don’t even know who I am anymore.