juice!

If you told 2013-Laura that by the end of her third year of med school she’d be buying bunches of kale and beets and mint and jankily juicing that ish¬†with a blender and fine mesh strainer… she’d have attitude-punched you in the face with a pretty serious¬†eyebrow raise.

Well, here we are.

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One of my residents turned me on to the idea, and after seeing how expensive store-bought juice cleanses are I was sure I could do it better and cheaper. I’m all about the liquid diet, usually in the form of smoothies and milkshakes and coffee, so I felt compelled to give it a shot. Futzing with the flavors and colors and stuffing actually healthy foods into semi-refreshing packages makes for some awesome summer kitchen playtime.

(also this is literally the first time in my life that my fridge’s vegetable drawer is full to the brim. hi mom.)

I haven’t had the guts (or low-stakes environment, or lack of hanger in the mornings) to do a real-boy juice cleanse yet, but I think I’ll get there soon. Mostly to see what kinds of pretty colors I can make my pee turn!

– L

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Recipe: green juice, red juice, cashew milk

Green:

  • 3-5 kale leaves, stems removed (I use red kale)
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 small or 1/2 large cucumber
  • 2 sprigs mint, stems removed
  • ~1 cup water or coconut water
  • (optional) 1 Bartlett pear, cored, or a few small chunks of pineapple

If you’re like me and don’t have a juicer:
Put in a blender. Turn it on. Once it looks more or less uniform, dump into a large fine mesh strainer over an appropriately sized bowl. Whisk into the mesh until all that’s left is pulp. Pour juice and enjoy!

Red:

  • 1/2 red beet, peeled
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 Bartlett pear, cored
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp chopped/grated ginger
  • ~1 cup water

Same as above?

Cashew milk:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Dash cinnamon
  • ~1 tbsp honey, agave, whatever

Soak cashews in a bowl of tap water for at least 4 hours. Drain and rinse them well, then add to blender with water. Use less water for a thicker milk. Blend on low for a couple minutes, until smooth. Add other stuff. Chill before drinking because blending it will make it kind of warm.

Each recipe makes roughly 20 oz of juice.

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