Green Goodness: Spinach and Cucumber Cubes

Hey everyone!  I’m back with another juicing endeavour – making spinach and cucumber ice cubes!  I’m always looking for ways to get more greens into my diet.  I often find it hard to get enough in especially since I’m not a huge salad fan (unless the salad is full of other more substantial ingredients like beans, eggs, chicken, etc.).  I have been religiously making smoothies for breakfast since I was a kid (seriously!) and am always trying to find ways to pump up its nutritional value.  Soooo I recently started juicing spinach and cucumber, pouring the juice into ice cube trays, freezing it, and popping the very concentrated greens into my morning smoothies!  Here’s the rundown:

  • For one very full ice cube tray, I juice two large containers of organic spinach as well as one medium sized cucumber.

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  • Next I wash all the spinach and the cucumber.  Even though the package says it has been prewashed, I never trust it.  

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  • JUICE!  Start with the spinach and then do the cucumber last.  You will get a SUPER dark green, concentrated juice.

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  • Now it’s time to pour the juice into the ice cube tray.  It will be really full but it’s fine once frozen.  I have a really great ice cube tray that also has a lid.  But before I had that, I would just cover my regular tray with plastic wrap to freeze.

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  • Once frozen, you can break up the cubes and freeze in Ziploc bag or in a container. Then the cubes are ready to pop into your smoothies!  

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I find the taste of the spinach to be best disguised in berry based smoothies.  It seems to blend well with berries and also doesn’t make the smoothie an unsavory colour!  I asked a dietician if I was getting the same benefits of the spinach in the juiced form as I would from putting whole leaves in.  She said I would get all the same benefits, minus the fibre.  I get plenty of fibre from other sources so I was happy to hear this!

Do any of you have any tricks to getting more greens into your diet?

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Freshly Squeezed: Beet, Carrot, Celery and Apple Juice

My husband and I were married last September and much to my great pleasure, we received a juicer as a gift!  I had been pining after this Breville model for a couple years and was so excited to finally have it in my kitchen!  I find this juicer to be quite easy to clean and is also very efficient at extracting juice.

I have experimented quite a bit with making different juices.  I find fresh juices pack a huge nutritional punch and are also a great way to use up fruits and veggies.  One of my favorite juices is this one I recently made which includes beets, carrots, celery and apple.  Here is what you need for one large glass of juice:

  • 2 beets, peeled
  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 apple (I like McIntosh but also find Gala to be a great alternative)

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I chop the pieces of veggies and fruits into large chunks to make it easier for juicing.  I have also read that it is most effective to juice with the softer produce first, and juicing the harder produce last.  I assume this is because the softer produce moves through the mesh and blade easier than the harder produce, keeping the mesh as clear as possible while you juice.  So for this juice, I go in the order of apple, celery, carrots, beets.

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Voila!  A deeply hued, delicious, vitamin-packed juice that you can feel great about drinking!

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I always consume my juice right after I make it to get it in its freshest state.  Do any of you like to juice?  What are your favorite combos?