The idea of smoothies and juices I really like; getting the nutrients (with or without the fibrous parts) in a convenient way really appeals. Not least because it gives me something to do with a fridge full of vegetables other than soup. The only thing that puts me off is the thought I needed another piece of kitchen equipment to be able to make my own. The publishers of Crussh, Nourish Books, got in touch to see if I’d like to try out the new book. I asked if a juicer was necessary and they said it wasn’t so I was looking forward to giving one of the recipes a try.
I like how the book is divided up with some more ‘advanced’ drinks in the back containing oats, wheatgrass and all sorts. Certainly something to progress towards (they sounded delicious) but not for the smoothie novice I am! There are all sorts of ideas for flavour combinations; certainly a juicer would make your life easier but as I found out a food processor does almost as good a job.
For my Beetroot, Orange and Lime Juice (makes two glasses) you will need:
- 4 large oranges
- 1 large beetroot
- 1 lime
Squeeze one of the oranges into a food processor.
Peel and roughly chop the beetroot and add to the food processor. Blend everything together.
Remove the pulp and push it all through a sieve.
Juice the remaining oranges and lime and mix into the beetroot.
I love the vibrant colour of this juice and the earthy flavour of the beetroot was so nice with the zesty orange and lime. For me the flavour combinations in the book were interesting and inspiring but I do feel like you would get more out of the book if you have a juicer or smoothie maker. I’m sure one of the soup blender attachments would make a good smoothie if you have one of those.
Thanks to Nourish Books for the book. All opinions expressed are my own.