From my observation, January is the unofficial start of clean eating season with everyone rushing to wipe the holiday season slate clean with diets, detoxes and pledges to improve overall health and wellness. I find no sense in beating myself to a pulp over all the food and festive late nights that have come and gone, there is a time and place for nearly every indulgence. But at the beginning of each New Year, I am actually eager to hit the reset button and get back to the healthy nutrition regimen and active lifestyle that makes my body happy day in and day out.
Resolute in this intention to eat clean, I started thinking about ways I could add even more fruit and vegetables to my already plant happy diet. Hello, juice! Eating whole fruits and vegetables offers important dietary fiber and I’ll never give up the pleasure of eating a whole apple, wedge of watermelon or plate of roasted broccoli. However, the liquid extracted during juicing is highly concentrated in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients that give the body a super boost. Juicing is like a drinkable vitamin to add to your daily diet!
I was thrilled to try out the Premium Big Mouth® 2 Speed Juice Extractor from Hamilton Beach and can’t say enough about its versatile and easy-peasy juice extracting skills. The accommodating chute let me stick in largely chunked up and even entire pieces of produce, which was then quickly extracted and the liquid transferred into a 40-ounce pitcher. The container was large enough that there was no mid-juicing panic about overflowing and making a sticky mess on the counter. I also appreciated how the spout adjusted to help keep drips at bay between batches and how the removable parts were safe to run through the dishwasher.
As a kid, my family juiced the lemons, tangerines and oranges from our backyard trees in an old-fashioned citrus juicer. Getting a glass full took a lot of elbow grease and was messy! But, with two speed options, the Big Mouth® provides the flexibility to process everything from firmer foods like carrots, peeled citrus or cucumbers on the high setting and softer foods like melon, greens and berries on low. Of course, I had to put all this power to the test and juiced nearly everything residing in my produce bin – purple sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, ginger, turmeric, oranges, grapefruit, cranberries, and more.
So, with all this delicious, nutrient-dense rainbow of juice sitting on my counter, I felt like a holistic, hue-happy mixologist ready to party. Since it’s been freezing outside and I’ve been feeling a bit run down, my body was craving a warm and comforting beverage that would lift up my immune system. Hence, my Hot Grapefruit Ginger Green Tea was born – all three ingredients are well known for their support and fortification of the immune system.
To make Hot Grapefruit Ginger Green Tea, simply warm together 8 ounces of steeped green tea with 4 ounces of fresh grapefruit juice and 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of ginger juice, depending on your tolerance for the zippy, zing of this rhizome root. If the grapefruit is especially tart or you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add a bit of honey or stevia to taste.
Please note, when juicing grapefruit, peel and remove as much of the white pith as possible to prevent a bitter taste. One large grapefruit provides approximately one cup of juice. When prepping the ginger root for juicing it does not need to be peeled, but rinse well and use a sharp knife to thinly slice off and discard a thin layer from the cut or broken ends (which can often be pre-moldy). For reference, about 8 ounces of unpeeled ginger yields about ¾ cup of juice which will be significantly more than needed for the recipe. Extra juice can be frozen in ice cube trays and used later in smoothies, soups, iced tea and other recipes.
Jennifer Fisher of The Fit Fork is an award-winning recipe creator, food & fitness blogger, healthy cooking coach, spokesperson and competitive runner, obstacle course racer, CrossFit enthusiast and yoga dabbler. Jennifer offers ways to quickly and confidently prepare healthy, well-balanced meals with delicious taste. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.