Green Flu-Fighter Juice

March 13th, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I’ve spent the better part of the last five days wrapped in the folds of my favorite sweater fighting a pesky case of the flu. You know the drill. Body aches, chills, creepy crawly skin, sore throat, zero appetite. In other words, no fun at all.

I had big plans for cooking up a new recipe for you over the weekend, but they quickly went south when the only thing that sounded halfway decent to me was a bowl of rice cereal and some scrambled eggs. But there’s a bright side to everything, right?

In the past few days, I’ve become much better acquainted with my juicer. I bought it last year shortly before Christmas. I’ve pulled it out a few times since, but honestly, it kind of intimidated me. While soups are a breeze and smoothies a no-brainer, pulling out that juicer sent me wandering into uncharted territory. How much juice will a carrot yield? What tastes bitter? What tastes sweet?

My temperamental tummy and lack of desire to eat urged me to give juicing a more committed whirl. I’ve come up with some blends that taste, even to my flu-ridden palate, very delicious. Refreshing and easy to digest, I’ve discovered that homemade juice is just what the doctor ordered when you’ve got a bug.

When I read recipes for fruit-based juices made predominantly from apples and oranges, I get dizzy just from the thought. Vegetable juices taste better to me and won’t spike my blood sugar, so I’ve been using them as the base for my drinks. This recipe is packed with flu-fighting ingredients like spinach, kale, ginger, and carrots, which all boast an impressive array of antioxidants. Half an apple lends just enough sweetness to help the juice go down nice and easy.

What are your favorite foods to eat (or drink) when you’re feeling under the weather?

Green Flu-Fighter Juice
Serves 1 (makes about one cup)

2 cups spinach
1 large kale leaf
1 medium carrot
1 medium celery stalk
1/2 medium cucumber
1/2 medium apple, such as Gala or Fuji
1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger root

Push all ingredients through juicer. Stir well and serve right away.

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  1. It must be going around. This drink would have hit the spot for me last week. I really do need to invest in a juicer, I can see where juice would be more appealing when you are under the weather than a smoothie.

    I hope you feel better soon!

  2. This is so much like my regular morning juice–I love this combination of ingredients for an alkalizing, healthy, and delicious juice that is just sweet enough without being too sweet. I’m so glad it worked to get you back on the road to health! My other favorite flu-time drink is straight ginger tea (just a piece of ginger steeped in boiling water, then add stevia & lemon if desired). Works wonders. :)

  3. This sounds delightful, and not just for the flu!

  4. Oh wow, you have such a brave palate! I tried kale again in a smoothie today, but it was just so strong. Not my thing.

    It is extremely rare that I lose my appetite (perhaps once in my entire life), so even with the flu I just drink lots of hot tea and eat fairly normal meals. Perhaps a bit more soup than usual.

    Such a bummer about getting sick, but a drink like this should have you better in no time!

  5. We definitely have different taste buds – I am totally a sweet juice kind of girl! I think I’d have to add a whole apple :) A juicer is the next item on my list of appliances to buy. I need a second kitchen though :) I’m glad you’re on the mend. Can’t wait to see your next recipe!

  6. I am much more of a VitaMix gal than a juicer gal, primarily because my juicer is a pain in the rear to clean every day. BUT…I have been thinking about using it more lately. I think I am going to give this version a go, especially since it seems like a lot of people around us are fighting off one bug or another these days! I am like Maggie, however, I think I will have to add an entire apple! :) Hope you are feeling better!!

  7. When I feel like I need a high-powered, antioxidant-rich, electrolyte-type replacement drink, I go for celery, a green apple, cucumber, beets, and beet greens. Maybe some ginger. It’s amazing how much nutrition you can pack into a low calorie drink. I prefer smoothies because 99% of the time I want the fiber, but when you’re sick, juicing is often the best way to go. I love the looks of your green drink. Plant power at its best! Get well soon!

  8. I go back and forth between juicing and smoothies. I like them both and think that there is a place for both in our daily diet. I like the way the nutritional powerhouse that you get from juicing gets right into your bloodstream. And in the morning, which is when I juice, I want to wake my body up gently. This morning I had (my usual) a green juice made with romaine, baby spinach, carrots, cucumber, celery, a small apple and a small pear. Had I remembered, I would’ve added a small knob of fresh ginger and a beet. Sometime this afternoon, when tummy grumbles begin, I’ll make one of my many smoothies to get me through until dinner. Either way, I assure you that my insides are really happy with either the green juice or the smoothie. Things just move better, if you know what I mean!!!!

  9. What a power house of a beverage. I bet the apple lends a lovely sweetness!

  10. I just came down with the flu yesterday and was looking for some natural ways to get rid of it. I’ll try out this juice recipe tomorrow. I also like the boiling ginger idea for making hot tea. Thanks for the recipe and advice!

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