For those of you still going strong (or for those of you who are just starting) on the 10-, 20-, 60-day Juice Fast (based on the Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead documentary now streaming for free on Netflix), I’m going to post my favorite breakfast juicing recipe. This recipe yields between two and three servings, and must be stored in an airtight container (like the super popular Mason jars) at eye level in your refrigerator.
Keeping it at eye level will deter you from grabbing the can of spray cheese.
To start, grab two of your sharpest knives. I used the piece of crap Giada knife from Target we registered for and received from our wedding (it rusts in the dishwasher), and the knife I bought from a Minnesota State Fair demonstration booth last year (it CAN cut through a can!). You also need a cutting board – FYI just because you have a butcher block counter top doesn’t mean you can use it like an ordinary butcher block.
I used the same cutting board we used back in ’09 to Puffy Paint our St. Patty’s Day t-shirts (we make custom t-shirts for every major event in this family), and its warped from the dishwasher. My shirt, which you can’t see, says “Drink ’til your ginger”.
Next, cut and core a pineapple. It doesn’t need to be perfect, you’re juicing the damn thing. But, might I suggest doing a better then me?
Do not use your pineapple corer. I started to use it and a lot of the juice escape during the process. I stopped .10th the way through.
An entire pineapple makes this much juice. I didn’t think to measure it out for you. It just makes this much.
Next cut the tops off of 12 strawberries and shove them in your juicer. I used the Juiceman (but it doesn’t have great customer ratings, but I was in a pinch and it was the only one left on the Target shelf after Christmas. I ordered the Black and Decker Wide Mouth from Amazon Prime, but it wouldn’t get here in time to start the diet on the 1st). Just an note: 12 strawberries don’t produce a lot of juice.
I peeled and juiced two bananas, and the finished product DID taste like bananas, but they didn’t juice well – maybe a tablespoon (or less) which I think was a total waste of two bananas.
Wash two cups of spinach and smash into a ball and juice the crap out of it.
For the final step, add two tablespoons of White Chia Seeds and stir. It doesn’t look great, I’ll give you that, but it tastes pretty good. This was before you add 8 to 10 ounces of water to your taste. It was pretty sweet for me so I added more water.
And if you’re wondering if the White Chia Seeds are perhaps the same seeds they use in Chia Pets, you’d be right! Dr Weil explains it best on the benefits of chia seeds, but from what I understand (and can personally attest to), chia seeds provide crazy amounts of energy. I got the idea from the book (which changed my life) “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall.
I bought mine from www.iherb.com.
2 cups of washed spinach
2 tbsps of White Chia Seeds
Add 8 to 10 oz. of water and store in an airtight container. Drink within two days of making.