I love the refreshing taste of cucumber and in this juice with apple, mint and ginger, the combination is delicious and incredibly thirst-quenching.
First up I must say that I think juicing on a regular basis is a bad idea. All the important fibre gets wasted and you need a lot of fruit and vegetables to make a decent amount of juice. The calorie load of a juice is far higher than that of the fruit or vegetable in its natural state and at the end of the day, you are extracting a high percentage of water.
I know this because after making this green juice I allowed it to settle in the bottle and really about 85 per cent is pure water and the rest is the green chlorophyll-rich parts. If you were under any illusion that drinking green juices in some way ‘detoxes’ your body, please check out this brilliant article which totally debunks the myth.
However, juice can taste delicious and for a special treat, it makes a nice addition to the breakfast or lunch table. It can also be awesome when making a special cocktail, and I find it most useful when I have a hangover too (but let’s not go into too much detail there).
vegetable and fruit juice is one of the things I make when my produce drawer in my fridge is filled with fruit and vegetables that are looking sad and I don’t want to waste them. I also have the best juicer on the market so this beast of a machine extracts every last possible drop out of anything you splice through it. I love adding it to iced tea to add the sweet component.
Cucumber and apple yield the most juice in this recipe with the celery and the mint the least. Ginger is super potent so add a little at a time or leave it out if you find it too strong. You could also muddle the mint leaves into the fished juice to extract more flavour as the leaves don’t really ‘juice’ very well.
Recipe – makes about a litre or 4 cups
- 1 English cucumber
- 1 small head of celery – leaves removed
- 4 – 6 apples (I used a mix of Granny Smith & Pink Lady)
- Small bunch of mint leaves
- Ginger – about 5 cm long (optional)
Send all of the above through your juicer and taste at the end to see if you are happy. If you want it sweeter add more apple.
Serve with ice to make it more refreshing and extend the drink.
A few of the other juice flavours that I love: