If I were to describe the month of January, I'd say it's the color green. Green is the color of renewal, new beginnings, fresh starts. I find myself decorating and even wearing green more once January begins; even though spring is still far off, it seems like it begins, at least internally, at the beginning of the new year.
So of course I noticed the cover of a magazine lately, featuring Dr. Oz and his green juice and smoothies recipes. I bought it, remembered that I have a never-used juicer (A green one, no lie!), and tried the juice. To my surprise--and relief--it wasn't bad. In fact, the third day, it was mostly good. My husband and oldest son have tried it and said they'd even drink it again. So we've been making them these mornings, varying the ingredients depending what I have in the fridge. There's something satisfying about starting the day knowing you've done something so very good for you!
Here's the basic recipe, if you're like me and crave a little green:
Juice the following:
several handfuls fresh spinach leaves
3 stalks celery
2 apples, any variety
1 teaspoon freshly-peeled ginger root
It tastes like a foamy ginger ale with very overt hints of vegetables, which may not tempt you, but compared to the heaviness of typical American breakfast fare, it's fresh and light and doesn't drag your gut down. So it's a good tradeoff!
Perfect for kick-starting those "get healthier" New Year's resolutions!
And there's always the fall-back plan for those less brave: