Sunday, January 6, 2013

Paleo Lemon Ginger "Zinger"

This afternoon I lamented on Facebook that I feared my body might be giving in to the bronchitis with which the caveman is diagnosed. I'm not anti-doctor, but I *am* very wary of needlessly taking antibiotics, and always try to start with natural, healthy choices to stay well.

I got so many great responses from readers, and today's recipe is inspired by one. Jennifer H. reminded me to dust off my juicer, which is naturally sitting right in front of me taking up valuable real estate on my counter. Why have I neglected it for so long? I have no valid reason other than I either seem to find myself obsessed with juicing or the opposite end of the spectrum...

But today a fresh juice sounded divine, and upping the quota of lemon and ginger to help kick illness to the curb was just what the "doctor" ordered.

I tend to not stick to recipes when I'm juicing, and usually include greens in the mix. This one, though, is a simple recipe I stumbled upon eons ago when I first began juicing. It's kid-friendly (ie. doesn't look like sludge) and is a great detoxifier and decongestant. I didn't coin the "zinger" moniker, but I definitely think it suits.

I did tweak this one to reduce the fruit and up the vegetables. I'd rather get more carrots than apples (I never juice more than one apple or pear at a time), but feel free to use the original recipe if it seems more your speed.

I did want to quickly also address the issue of paleo and juicing. According to Whole30 doctrine, liquid meals are a no-go. And as a general rule of thumb, I don't condone drinking juice by the gallon, regardless of what lifestyle/diet/program/fad you're following. No one can convince me, however, that juicing your own fruits and veggies isn't good for you. I never drink bottled juices, and I honestly don't eat much fruit. Juicing is a great way to detox and get a load of antioxidants, and certainly "harmless" if you're not going crazy with the sugar elsewhere in your diet.

Lemon Ginger "Zinger"
adapted from Food Matters

3 carrots
1 medium apple
1/4 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 inch slice of lemon

Combine all ingredients in juicer and slurp down immediately!


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