A big refreshing glass of nutrient-dense green juice is a spectacular summer staple. And I’m not the only one who thinks so – there are juice bars popping up all over Toronto (inside yoga studios, bookstores and fruit markets).
This summer, as I continue working on growing a healthy baby (29 weeks done!), I’m finding it harder than ever to dig into a big, beautiful salad. I know the summer produce is stunning and fleeting (I’m totally down with watermelon and strawberries), but raw greens have been a harder sell during my pregnancy, as I tend to crave heavier and heartier meals. This predilection means that I have been in search of other ways to get all the greens I need. Adding a crisp, cold glass of green juice has been the magical solution so far.
A couple of tips to keep in mind, if you hate cilantro, do not use it in this juice. You will still hate it. The pear will not save you from hating it. Instead switch out the cilantro for spinach or kale.
If you don’t have a juicer, you can still make this juice. I have a juicer and sometimes still go the blender route because I find it faster to clean up. Here’s what you do: blend all of the ingredient together and then strain the mixture through a nut-milk bag or a few layers of cheesecloth. If you prefer to leave it as a smoothie and drink up all that fibre, go for it! I tend to use juices as a refreshing beverage rather than a meal replacement but since this is going to be your new favourite green juice…make it your own.
How are you staying hydrated during these hot, humid summer days? I’m definitely pushing the water intake but also find cucumber and watermelon so satisfying. I’ve also started taking prenatal aquafit. Just being in the water is such a nice treat at the end of a long day. I am dreaming of cottage life.