Welcome to spring my friends. I don’t know about you, but I am ready to shed winter and move on to some sun and warm temperatures. I am most ready for fresh fruit, vegetables and farmer’s markets. I am still repairing all the “damage” from indulgent, comfort eating from the winter. Someone recently told me they wanted to come back in the next lifetime as a bear because you get to sleep half the year away and fat pouches are sexy. Indeed. I would love to sleep winter away, as I always end up a little extra pushin’ cushion by the end of the season. But I digress.
I was talking about digestion. Every now and again, even the best of us could use some support. Today’s post is a juice I call, The Happy Tummy. The ingredients assist in calming digestion, easing nausea or relieving a “sour” stomach. It is also good just any old time. No need to wait for an upset tummy to make a happy one.
The Happy Tummy
Prep time: 5 minutes
Make time: 10 minutes (variant on the juicer type)
Equipment: Juicer or blender
Serving: 12-16 ounces (variant upon size of fruit/vegetables)
1 green apple
1 fennel bulb
1 stalk celery
20 – 30 mint leaves
1 ginger knob
Follow your manufacturer’s instructions on appropriate fruit size for the hopper. I use a Greenstar and juice in the following order: celery, fennel bulb (stalks are optional if you want more licorice flavor), mint leaves, apple, ginger. Stir and pour into a tall glass. Juice is most potent when it is first made. Serve immediately for maximum nutrition.
Taking into consideration the strength of your blender, cut or grate ingredients to appropriate size. Turn blender on medium-high setting and add a little water at a time until the ingredients are liquid and incorporated. This will produce a fibrous drink. If you wish for your juice to be free from pulp (as above), strain the ingredients through a nut milk/produce mesh bag.
Tip: If you prefer juice cold, keep the ingredients refrigerated prior to juicing.