I always struggle to eat breakfast in the morning. Don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast foods such as eggs, bacon, potatoes, etc. You know, all the good stuff. Actually, I love Mexican style eggs. I’ve recently discovered an affinity for eggs with salsa, so I often make scrambled eggs with cilantro, and top them with salsa or taco sauce. YUUUM. But as I said, I struggle to have this stuff in the morning. I prefer it at lunchtime. I often wake up ravenous, but the thought of food in the morning turns my stomach. I do fine with smoothies, milk shakes, iced coffee, etc. Just not food. I don’t know why… I’ve just been like this my whole life.
Anyway, we’ve decided to cut out drinking for the whole month of January as we jump-start our healthy lifestyle choices. What better way to detox from holiday binge-fests than a morning juicing regimen? Surely my stomach could handle some juice.
After searching for the best “green juice” recipes to serve for New Year’s Day breakfast, we came across the a recipe for Dr Oz’s Green Juice. Just when I was about to dust off our hibernating juicer, I discovered this juice was actually done in a blender. Score! One thing I hate is figuring out a) how to put the juicer together b) if I still have all the parts to the juicer or if some have mysteriously gone to the land of missing socks c) how to wash and then hide the juicer until next year.
I chopped all the ingredients up and threw them in the blender, and voila, a surprisingly delicious new breakfast staple was born. I was skeptical. It smelled funny. I hate parsley. And it was THICK. But I was pleasantly surprised at just how good it was. I definitely recommend it!
Dr Oz Green Juice Recipe (Adapted from Dr Oz)
2 handfuls of spinach
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1/2 cup parsley, chopped
2 apples, cored (I did not peel)
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 lemon, juiced
Fresh ginger (the size of a thumbnail’s worth)
Place all ingredients in a blender. Add ice or spring water. Puree and serve!
Some additional add-ins (we didn’t try any of these yet but loved the juice as is):
- Another cucumber
- Unsweetened juice
- Raw carrot
- A banana
Let us know if you tried the juice, what changes (if any) you made, and how you liked it!