You guys, these are some busy times. I’m definitely no stranger to hard work — but without a doubt, these last few months have been the busiest of our lives. And while I’m grateful for the work and opportunities, there’s really only so long you can burn the candle at both ends before things start to fall apart, health wise. After awhile, there’s a point when coffee and tea can no longer help me and what I really need is sleep. At times like these I find myself turning to fresh juice to give myself an extra immunity boost!
Despite my busy schedule, I pride myself on being a healthy person and taking the best care of myself that I can through diet and exercise. Thankfully, I rarely get sick. So when I woke up on Friday feeling run down with a little tickle in my throat, I knew I had to get handle on it! It’s Sunday and I feel much better now — but this past week I came up with a new fresh juice recipe that I wanted to share with you. My Autumn Energizer Juice combines traditional autumn produce with unconventional ingredients — resulting in sweet, creamy, energizing juice with a spicy, warming kick! Power through busy times with an offbeat fresh juice recipe that includes both sweet potato and cape gooseberries. It’s just what the doctor ordered!
AUTUMN ENERGIZER JUICE
After my reflective Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats with Candied Maple Walnuts post where I discussed my struggle between creativity, balance and wellness I wanted to create something simple, fresh and energizing for you this weekend. My Autumn Energizer Juice juice is just that — and I had so much fun with this whimsical styling!
Guess where I pulled inspiration for this colour palette from? If you’re new to JustineCelina (welcome!) you may not know this, but I’ve been feeling very inspired by Pantone’s colour choices for Fall 2016 and have been themeing content set to that colour story for the past month or so to keep things looking cohesive. It’s such a versatile palette and it translates so well across categories in my creative work. Also, if these leaves look familiar it’s because they’re the same set that I used for my September Beauty Favourites. You’ll be seeing a lot more of these autumnal hues around here over the next couple of months and love the challenge of reinventing them for you to keep things fresh!
My boyfriend’s Dad, Grant, is an incredible woodworker and makes many handcrafted wood pieces including crib boards and cutting boards. He’s now experimenting with serving boards and made the gorgeous serving board you see in these photos. It was absolutely perfect for the warm, autumnal feeling I was going for and we’re so happy to have it! He gifted it to us on Thanksgiving weekend and ever since we brought it home from Brooks I’ve been itching to use it in a post or project to show it off. Currently he’s a hobby woodworker — but he’s amazingly talented and I hope he continues to experiment!
Let’s chat about cape gooseberries — which are the star of this recipe and rightfully adorn these glasses like a crown. I’m not sure why I’ve never experimented with them in the past, but I’m obsessed with them right now. First, they’re absolutely stunning — every time I bite into one I feel like I’m eating a little piece of art. That protective, paper-thin cocoon on the outside is bright orange while they’re growing, but peels away naturally as they ripen off the plant. How cool is that?! If you’ve never tasted one before, they’re quite difficult to describe — almost like a cross between a sour cherry, a tomato and a pineapple. They’re a bit seedy (the middle has a chia seed-like texture) and they taste a bit soapy (in the best possible way!), sharp and citrusy. They’re totally addictive — I’ve been eating them by the carton lately and I knew I had to experiment them in a juice. Cape gooseberries add an interesting tang to balance my Autumn Energizer Juice that I could normally achieve with traditional citrus fruits like lemon and lime. Now after reading more about them, I know they’re also amazing for you — these little berries (which are also called Physalis or Peruvian Groundcherries) are packed full of vitamins A and C. If you’ve never tried one, I encourage you to pick some up — they’re inexpensive and also fantastic in preserves and desserts.
Now for the rest these autumnal ingredients! This was another fresh juice recipe that was mostly inspired by colour. My last fresh juice recipe (created way back in February!) was also inspired by a specific hue — which was a vibrant magenta. This autumn, I knew I wanted to really branch out and use some unconventional ingredients in the golden, yellow and orange colour families. Sweet potatoes came to mind immediately! I love sweet potatoes and have a few recipes that feature them here at JustineCelina. I especially love them to add a dairy-free, rich, creamy texture to smoothies and baking (I have a spiced sweet potato bread up my sleeve!). Well, it turns out that’s exactly what they do for juice, as well. My Autumn Energizer Juice really does taste creamy — you can tell by the photos just how rich and frothy it is! Sweet potatoes produce a ton of juice and their mild flavour profile works nicely with a wide variety of produce. Plus, they’re chock full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients!
If you’ve been following along with my recipes, you’ll know we also have tons of Ambrosia apples kicking around. We both love apples and are happy to enjoy them daily, but juicing apples is one of my favourite ways to consume them. This recipe calls for both sweet and tart apple varieties for balance (I used Ambrosia and Granny Smith), but feel free to use whatever you have on hand. I’ve also included some gorgeous red pears (another of my favourite seasonal ingredients to juice), healing ginger, a couple of mandarins and warming cinnamon and nutmeg to spice things up. My Autumn Energizer Juice is offbeat, powerhouse recipe that’s sure to put some pep in your step!
Yield: 4 cups (32 oz.)
• 2 red pears
• 2 Ambrosia apples
• 2 Granny Smith apples
• 2 mandarins
• 2 cups sweet potato
• 1 pint cape gooseberries
• 2″ piece of fresh ginger
1. Start with chilled produce. Chop all ingredients into 1″ pieces.
2. Add ingredients one at a time to your Hurom Slow Juicer (or similar), starting with an ingredient that isn’t as juicy (like ginger), and alternating with an ingredient that makes lots of juice (like sweet potato). This will ensure that the juicy ingredients flush the not-so-juicy ingredients through the juicer and you’ll get more of them in your cup!
3. Once you’ve juiced all of your ingredients, stir the juice and pour into glasses.
4. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top of each juice.
5. Add a fun garnish of your choice and enjoy — I skewered some cape gooseberries for this whimsical effect!
STILL THIRSTY? MORE FRESH JUICE RECIPES
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Is there any unique autumn produce that you like to juice? I’m always on the hunt for interesting ingredient combinations, so please leave me a comment if there’s something you think I might like! If you try my Autumn Energizer Juice, let me know how you liked it — I love it when you guys make my recipes and give me your feedback! You can tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them! I also have a board on Pinterest for my recipes, if you care to follow along for inspiration.
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