Monday, July 28, 2014

Oh Sweet Broccoli Juice

We are huge broccoli lovers in this house so I usually have some in the fridge at all times. The past two weeks, we got broccoli in our CSA so we were on broccoli overload. I was pretty happy about that and so were the kids. However, even we were having a hard time going through it all. Obviously, this was a great problem to have.

I made two batches of Broccoli Cheddar Patties and the kids were having broccoli for their lunches almost every day. I had one bunch that didn't have another 24 hours of good life left in it. When it comes to that time in our produce's life, we juice! As much as we juice, I feel like I make the same juices all of the time and they don't have broccoli in them so I was excited for the change.

Broccoli Juice

'They' say that you should have 1/3 fruit to 2/3 vegetables for a good and healthy juice. I do a little more like 50/50! Maybe it's because we just like the sweeter juices or maybe we use really hearty greens in our juices so we need a little more fruit to balance it out ... I'm going to plead my case for the later conclusion! I think by doing it 50/50 you get a perfect mix of sweet greens. I also usually add a lemon or lime to our juices because it helps cut the uber earthy flavor of the greens. I highly recommend it but it is purely personal preference.

When it's time for the kids to wake up, I blast the blender so they can wake up to a tasty little treat ... they wake up a little happier that way! Amazingly enough, they didn't even want to try this juice! They just saw the broccoli out on the table and wanted to eat that plain. Strange kids! Oh well, more juice for Paul and I ... another good problem to have.

Oh Sweet Broccoli Juice

Makes about 5 cups

1 large head broccoli, stem and florets
1 c packed kale
1 orange
1/3 pineapple, about 10 oz, core and all
2 granny smith apples, cored
1 banana
juice of 1 lime (optional)

Broccoli Juice

Blend, blend, blend! Add ice, water or aloe vera juice to get the consistency you like.

Broccoli Juice
My broccoli lovers didn't want the juice, just the trees!

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