I have been getting into juicing big time of late. I also think it is a great way of getting more vegetables into the kids. They love doing ‘adult’ stuff like using knives and chopping boards and they love using pieces of kitchen equipment on their own. So what has started as a little experiment has become a huge hit in our little family. I heard two things that I never expected to hear from my 7 years olds this morning. Rissie was rummaging through the storage containers for the vegetables and she said to me, “Momma I got the last of the beetroot – better put it on the shopping list.” And from Archie, “Momma do you think Kale and Bean Sprouts would go well together?” Made my black little heart beat with unbridled joy it did. For the moment, (until they get sick of it) the Wood Street Juice Factory has been deemed to be a success.
I only have a couple of rules for the Juice Factory – that they don’t squabble and that they have to use at least two different types of vegetables in their juice. I could juice to my heart’s content if I was making pineapple, apple and mint juices (with a whole lot of ice and a splash of vodka), but I was more concerned about them trying different vegetables. They also have to make enough for me to have a glass of whatever it is they are making. Which means one less job for me to do in the morning. I get the impression the clean up is a lot more extensive as there seems to be a fairly extensive mess but I don’t mind. They even told me this morning that they were looking forward to our Fruit and Vegetbale shop on Sunday – wonders never cease!
I used to call Beetroot Juice ‘Dirt Juice’ and was not a big fan of it, but with the right combination of flavours it has grown on me. I use a Cold Press Juicer which takes a little longer and things need to be cut smaller but you get a lot more nutrients and I think it is worth the effort.
1 smallish beetroot
1 Celery Stalk
Small Knuckle of Ginger
Remove the rind from the lemon and the skin from the Pineapple. Chop all ingredients into smallish pieces.
Juice and enjoy!