RECIPE: Green Utopia Juice

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Healthy Thirst Quenchers

When the weather heats up, it’s all too easy to slide into lethargy and reach for something less than nourishing in hopes of quenching what a certain sugary sports drink brand refers to as “that deep-down body thirst.” As an antidote, I offer Bluedot readers a quartet of healthy, delicious and all-natural recipes, customized to keep you alert and high-functioning even as you cool off and rehydrate.

Each drink in the collection that follows (see links for each of the others at the end of this recipe) — one spritzer, one fresh juice, and two frothy and cold smoothies — is made with healthy, natural ingredients and little or no added sugar. These recipes are sized for a small group; any leftovers can be frozen in ice cube trays and repurposed as healthy mini-popsicles. And one final note: on a sweltering day, the smoothies make a great meal replacement that will help prevent literal and figurative meltdowns.

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RECIPE: Green Utopia Juice


  • Author: Vanessa Seder
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 4 (makes about 4 cups of juice) 1x

Description

Juicing is an excellent way to use up any extra vegetables and fruits you have lying around before they reach compost bucket status. That was exactly what led me to develop Green Utopia Juice a few years ago. My family and I liked it so much that I now buy this combo of fruits and vegetables and “forget about” them on purpose, so that we can go green (Utopia) on a hot day. The top vegetal notes from the greens, middle notes of sweet and floral pears and bottom notes of ginger and lemon go down easily and will leave your whole house smelling fresh.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 pound fresh kale, washed well
  • 1/2 pound fresh spinach, washed well
  • 4 ripe pears, such as Bartlett, Anjou, or Bosc, cored and cut into wedges
  • 1 1-ounce piece of fresh ginger root
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Have a juicer machine ready. On a large cutting board, trim the stem ends off the kale, then cut the remaining stems and leaves crosswise into 3-inch strips. 
  2. Run the kale through the juicer according to the juicer’s directions.
  3. Trim the stem ends off the spinach and cut the spinach crosswise into 3-inch pieces. Run the spinach through the juicer, then the apples, pears, and ginger. 
  4. Turn off the machine, then stir in the lemon juice. Drink right away, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If stored, the juice will separate, so make sure to stir it before drinking.

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Vanessa Seder
Vanessa Seder
Vanessa Seder has worked in the food industry for 20 plus years as a recipe developer, food stylist, chef instructor, and author. Her cookbooks include Warm Your Bones, Eat Cool, (which received positive reviews from the New York Times and elsewhere), and the award-winning Secret Sauces. A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, Vanessa has developed recipes for Real Simple, All You, Health, Cooking Light, Hannaford’s Fresh, Ladies Home Journal – where she previously served as associate food editor, and Maine The Way, among others. She also holds a micro degree in horticulture. She lives with her family in Portland, Maine. She can be found online at vanessaseder.com and Instagram @vanessa_seder_eats .
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