I was going to name this drink after all the different ingredients that go into it, but I have a slight pet peeve about food titles that contain every single ingredient in the recipe. Sometimes it gets out of hand. So Super Duper Protein Juice it is.
I lucked out a few weekends ago and picked up a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer for 15 dollars. The husband told me that his wife bought it and only used it once. He was trying his hardest not to sound bitter, but I could tell that he was a slight bit annoyed that she never used it. I snatched it up before anyone else could and I was on my merry way.
I don’t really have any other juicer to compare it with, but I am pretty happy with it. The one minor complaint about the juicer itself is that it’s a lot to clean up. It does a great job juicing everything, but there are five or six different pieces that you need to take apart and clean. I think that is somewhat typical for juicers. I am getting used to it though and now the cleanup/breakdown is pretty quick.
My other complaint/problem is that all of this raw juice is bothering my allergies. I had to run out to get more Zyrtec today because it was really bothering me. For whatever reason I have an allergic reaction to raw fruits and veggies. Yesterday I juiced some beets, apples, carrots and kale and I thought my throat and chest were going to close up on me. I am thinking it was the beets.
However, when I do take my allergy medicine I am loving having all of this yummy juice to drink. My body actually started craving it. I also notice that my energy level perks up on days when I drink my juice.
One day I thought I would try making my juice into a meal. I got the bright idea of combining my protein powder into the concoction I was juicing that day. The results were a bit thicker and much more filling. I have no idea how many calories are in this, but I can tell you that it keeps me full through a good chunk of the afternoon. I add a dropper of vitamin B-12, but that is completely optional. For more information on the potential health benefits of B-12 you can read here or here.
You can absolutely play around with this mixture and if you aren’t a fan of grapefruit you can certainly swap it out for another orange or apple. I like to do a mixture of fruits and veggies when I juice just because I think it balances out the sugar and calories.
I plan on drinking one of these for my lunch (along with a Zyrtec) through the month of December. I know there will be a few extra cookies and goodies this month so I am trying to offset those calories with some super food meals.
- 1 carrot
- 1 apple
- 1 handful of kale or spinach
- ½ grapefruit
- 1 orange
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 dropper of liquid B-12 (optional)
- Peel the grapefruit and orange. Cut the carrot and apple into small chunks that will pass through the tube in your juicer. Process all the fruits and veggies. I like to process the juiciest fruits last because it helps to flush all the less juicy veggies/fruits out of the juicer.
- Fill a shaker bottle with protein powder, B-12 and juice. Shake until the protein powder has dissolved. Pour over a glass filled with ice. Juice is best when used that day.