I have been thoroughly spoiled. Rich bought me a big, bad mother of a juicer for my birthday and the plan is to try and grow as much as my own fresh produce for power juices to help me get set up for a day of health and happiness. Here’s one I made earlier!
The plan is to have a power juice (preferably green) in the morning and then my two usual meals, full of fibre and everything else I need for the rest of the day. I’m not a believer that juicing all the time is really that good for you, but for someone like me who regularly skips breakfast or opts for a carb-laden option of toast, cereals or even a bag of crisps, juices present a much healthier and easily digested option.
As a vegan I have to do a little more planning to make sure that I get everything that I need week in, week out. I take a B-vit supplement but I also like to try and eat as seasonally and as locally as possible… and you don’t get more local than your back garden. I also don’t drink caffeine in any shape or form – caffeine intolerance and allergies runs in the family so it’s no surprise that it leaves me feeling groggy, sick and slightly anxious. So I have bought a few bits and bobs to throw in my juices (just maca powder and spirulina powder for now) to help give me a boost when life gets a bit hectic. As it often does.
There’s also a question of thriftyness. Juicing can cost a LOT if you’re continually buying in fresh fruits and veggies (although our local farm shop is significantly thriftier than our supermarkets). Spinach, kale, cucumbers and apples all appear in many a green juice recipe, so those are four things that I’ll definitely be looking to grow myself this year. Some produce will have to be seasonal, but some things like spinach and raspberries I can grow myself and freeze for use later. I’m not sure my two apple trees will be producing much fruit but I do know a few people who are often desperate to give away their windfall…