Do you have a juicer? What about a blender? Have ‘em both, but have limited space? Or perhaps you don’t have either. Hey, no sweat. Keep reading for relevant, tasty, and healthy drink suggestions to concoct in your tiny kitchen.
Healthy Drinks Have Nutrients!
Whether or not you’ve got the gear to make smoothies and other healthy drinks, we’re going to show you how you can make quick, easy, and nutritious beverages in your small kitchen with limited counter and work space. Drinking healthy juices throughout the day easily provides the antioxidants and other powerful nutrients you would otherwise aim to incorporate into your diet by eating four or five servings of produce.
Refreshing, Raw and Delicious!
As a bonus, the taste of these drinks is refreshing and original. If you’re already a health aficionado, you love the taste of fresh, raw, unadulterated produce and of other natural ingredients. Who needs soda when you can bring the snap and pop of tangy fruits and veggies to your taste buds? Need a little effervescence? Dust a tad of baking soda into your drink and a splash of apple cider vinegar. You’ll help bring about a health-inducing alkalinity to your blood stream, and the zing will tickle your mouth!
First, you’ll need to gather together your fruits or veggies. You can make healthy smoothies or drinks using basic ingredients like carrots, oranges, tomatoes, bananas, berries, apples, kale, and carrots. Don’t forget to wash and rinse your produce first. Of course, organic produce is the best—and tastiest!
Have a Blender or Juicer? Start Here
To begin, let’s tackle the sorts of drinks you can make with a juicer or a blender. See what appeals!
Carrot, Kale, and Apple – This is a standard favorite in most health food eateries. You can add a sliver of ginger to give the drink some extra snap. For either a juicer or a blender, you can add a carrot without chopping it. However, do dice the apple and remove the core and the seeds. Note: if using a juicer with a push-block, be careful not to force the piece of produce through with too much force, as this might result in the machine becoming clogged.
Carrot and Orange – You’ve seen this grouping in your friendly neighborhood supermarket’s refrigerated section. Consumers like the sweet-and-sour combo. Pass the carrots through the funnel and peel the orange and remove the seeds before inserting the fruit. The rinds are fine to leave in. Add chipped ice, if preferred
Carrot, Orange, and Tomato – Here, too, remove the orange peel and seeds. Push the carrots through the funnel. Add the power punch of the nutrient lycopene by adding a tomato. Tomatoes should be sliced using a sharp knife (to avoid mushy pieces). Remember to balance the ingredients so you don’t get too much of any one, which overpowers the rest taste-wise. For a little extra zest and nutrition, sprinkle in a few of your favorite herbs. Parsley, oregano, ginger, or nutmeg are a few you might try.
Green Juice – Scour your fridge and place all of your deeply hued greens into your juicer or blender. Or create a super delicious variation by combining parsley, pears, and spinach. Add celery if you like. (Of course, you’ll core the pear and remove the stem and seeds.) Note: You’ll need to clean your juicer or blender right away with a gentle scouring brush to avoid wear-and-tear on the movable parts. Towel dry.
Sans Gear? Start Here!
Don’t have a juicer or blender? No problem. Here are a couple juices you can create without a blender or juicer.
Strawberries and Apple Juice – Pour two cups of apple juice into a tall glass. Slice up a small portion of strawberries. Mix and stir, smashing the strawberry portions against the edges of the glass to extract juice. Add ice if desired.
Berries and Orange Juice – Pour a glass of orange juice (freshly squeezed is best!). Slice and dice the berries of your choice, and mix. Again, smash the berries against the side of the glass to extract juice and flavor. Add small pieces of ice if desired. Stir well and drink up!