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    In The Kitchen: Cucumber Juice

    Sometimes we need to ignore rational thought and listen to our intuition. Mine was telling me to buy a juicer. I know… Manhattan apartments can’t house a teaspoon, but I was tired of the ubiquitous pre-packaged green juices. Most have too much apple or oxidize after a day. Custom juice blends aren’t any better as the juice mixologists don’t seem to understand the subtleties of ginger, lemon, parsley or mint.

    But which juicer was best – the centrifugal, masticating or twin gear? Disregard it all and buy a basic juicer. If you like juicing, then upgrade. I spent $99 on the Jack La Lanne Pro-Juicer from Bed Bath and Beyond. It’s a rock-star. It takes less than 10 seconds to make a juice; is so quiet that I could surprise a sleep-over guest with a morning juice; looks pretty on my kitchen counter and is almost self-cleaning. My Vitamix may get a little jealous.

    I can now have a green juice whenever I want. I love the simplicity of cucumber juice. Pour it over ice and voila, an alkalizing, re-energizing and re-hydrating green juice. Cucumbers are 96% water and are loaded with potassium, Vitamin C and silica. All skin beautifying nutrients. Ideal post-flight or post-vino imbibing. At Organic Avenue, a cucumber juice will cost $12. Six cucumbers from Eataly cost me 86 cents. Perhaps they priced them incorrectly but either way I’ll be back tomorrow!

    I prefer to make my juice in the evening. I have more time, the cleaning is surprisingly therapeutic and if I get a sugar craving, I can have shots of cucumber juice. I really works! I pour the juice into a Mr Juice Jar and drink it following morning (with my probiotic).

     

    INGREDIENTS

    • 3 x organic cucumbers
    • juice of half lime (optional)
    • ice
    DIRECTIONS
    If the cucumbers are organic, keep the skin on.  If not, peel them.  Add to the juicer.  Pour cucumber juice over ice and add a squeeze of lime.  Drink up!

     

    What type of juice do you love?

    Author: Dana James MS, CNS, CDN, BANT, AADP

    Dana James is a Certified Nutrition Specialist and CLEANSE Advisor practicing in New York City

    4 Comments

    1. Posted 23 Jul ’13 at 9:19 am | #

      YUM! Making this today! <3

      • Posted 23 Jul ’13 at 12:10 pm | #

        Thank you Moi Contre La Vie ;)
        - CLEANSE

    2. Katherine
      Posted 8 Aug ’13 at 11:40 am | #

      I would love to store my juice overnight – I thought it usually lost its nutrients when doing that. What’s a Mr. Juice Jar?

      • elizabeth
        Posted 26 Aug ’13 at 10:35 am | #

        Hi Katherine

        when storing juice overnight, make sure it is in a glass container with the lid tightly sealed. That way it will maintain it’s nutritional integrity. I highly recommend using a mason jar. You can find them in any hardware store, or even natural food stores.

        Best
        elizabeth, RD LDN, CLEANSE Adviser

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