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An Easy Pink Veggie Juice Recipe To Liven Up Your Rosy Summer


An Easy Pink Veggie Juice Recipe To Liven Up Your Rosy Summer 

It's summer and it's hot, obviously. Unless staying in the air-con all day long is your thing, it's best to lie on the front yard with a cold drink clinking the song of ice.

Tired of getting into the kitchen in the raging heat? You'll be in and out real quick with this pink veggie juice recipe.



WATERMELON SUPER JUICE

Watermelon may not be everyone's favourite, but it surely relieves the pain of suffering in this heat. Since watermelons don't give you enough nutrients, it's best to "sneak" in some spinach!

Eating vegetables has been quite a problem for many people, but serving them this way guarantees that your drink won't taste any different than a normal beverage.

INGREDIENTS (for 1 serving)

2 cups watermelon
1/2 cup lime
1 cup spinach
1/4 cup sugar or to taste

THE JUICERS

One important note before making this is that we're using a masticating juicer for this recipe. In case you're a juicing virgin, there are two kinds of juicer: masticating and centrifugal.

Masticating juicers break fruits (or nuts) into small pieces, then have them pressed to get all the juice out while still maintaining a high amount of nutrients.

Centrifugal juicers work basically like a blender with a built in sieve, so they're usually cheaper than Masticators and not so good in taking juice from leafy greens or milking nuts.

If you do have a masticating juicer, feel free to add in several kinds of nuts (as recommended in the "alternative" section below) to increase the nutrient intake. Otherwise just follow the recipe.


STEP 1: PREP THE WATERMELON AND SPINACH

This recipe works best with super juicy watermelons. Cut your watermelon in halves, do a crisscross pattern all over it with a knife, then scoop the flesh out using a spoon. 

Cut the spinach roughly into pieces small enough to make it easier to work with. Don't thinly slice it or its nutrients might come out on the cutting board intead of into your drink, which we all want to avoid, right? 

STEP 2: PREP THE LIME

Cut out your limes and start juicing them. It's important to keep in mind that the way to juice a lime is completely different from oranges, lemons or citruses in general.

Instead of halving the limes do the following:

1. Put the lime on the cutting board with one of the pointy tips facing upward.

2. Make a lengthwise cut through the lime just to the side of the stem, which will result in 2 oval-shaped slices.

3. Continue cutting the larger piece by putting its flat surface down on the cutting board and cutting out the rinds. Now you should have 2 oval-shaped slices, 2 rectangular core, and 2 other pieces.

4. Twist the core to extract the juice, and squeeze the other 4 pieces to get the maximum amount of lime juice. 

That might sound like a lot of work, but it's easy to do!

STEP 3: CRANK UP THE JUICER

Now, start plugging in your juicer. Put a glass under the juicer to get all that deliciousness. Hit the button and gradually throw in the watermelon chunks, roughly chopped spinach. Add some sugar into the juice if your melon does not taste so sweet.

By some, I mean enough to satisfy your tastebuds and still keep those hips in shape. Pouring cups of sugar into your juice is NOT how to lose weight people. ;-)

STEP 4: ENJOY!

That's it! Your rosy deliciousness that's worth just minutes of cutting and squeezing! Put it in the fridge for later serving, or put in lots of ice cubes if you just couldn't wait any longer. Do multiply this recipe if friends are coming over. Why spend the summer alone right?

PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
TOTAL TIME: 15 MINUTES




ALTERNATIVES:

1. Substituting limes with lemons: I mentioned lime in the recipe because lime is the most popular source of sourness where I am from. However, you could substitute limes with lemons as they both have similar nutrition values and tastes.

2. Adding in sparkling water: If Coke is your favourite because of the gas going up your nose while burping, stop drinking them and instead go for this recipe, with sparkling water added for the same effect but with added nutritional value! Remember to keep the sparkling water cold before adding it in.

3. Adding in some nuts: Nuts like hazelnuts, cashews, walnuts, almonds . . . have a very high amount of nutrients. If you decide to add in some nuts, soak them for 12 hours beforehand, and skip the limes as we don't want any sour ingredients to combine with the milk coming out of the nuts. Throw into the juicer a cup of pre-soaked nuts and it should result in a milky, sweeter kind of beverage.





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