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Green Glowing Juice

Hi friends! Hope you’re having a great day. Loving all of the Winter Shape Up check-ins!! Be sure to check in on the Workout 1 post every day this week with your workout and how you feel. I’ll pick the first round of giveaway winners this Sunday night.

This morning was spent doing taxes with Sasha -we want to have everything GTG before we move- and a nice walk with Livi and Bell around the neighborhood. (Caro was still sleeping as per usual.)

The girls:

Family walk

After our walk, we came back home for snacks and juices.

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A new favorite addition: mint!

Despite Tucson’s extremely mild winter, I’ve still managed to kill almost all of the plants in our yard. This is sad, but once we found out we were moving, I officially quit my already half-hearted efforts to keep plants alive. I want to bring our hibiscus with us, along with the succulents from my nana’s house, but other than that, the pots will just be cleaned out to start again in the spring.

The only plants that have survived are the ones nana has watered when she stops by:  

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(Thank you, nana!)

We went to visit nana and Tata this weekend, and nana’s succulent plants are OVERFLOWING. They would make any fashion blogger shriek with delight haha. The funny thing is that you pretty much have to work to kill a cactus, but believe me, I’m pretty good at it πŸ˜‰

Anyway, our mint is still on its last leg, and I’m thankful because it’s been a delicious smoothie and juice addition. I’ve always put sprigs in my water bottle, and just recently started to experiment with other uses. It adds a refreshing pop!  to any beverage and a nutrient boost. Mint is high in Vitamin A, which supports the immune system and promotes healthy skin.

This juice also includes kiwi, which is one of my favorite ways to get extra Vitamin C, especially during the cold and “ick” season.

I always feel weird posting juice recipes, because there are 14374892798 different ones out there. (And let’s be real, most of them are a hodge podge of what we have in the fridge.) But, this is one of my current favorite combos. It’s extremely light, hydrating, and I feel so energized after drinking it. I can’t help but wonder if washing it down with my PM coffee hinders any effects, though πŸ˜‰

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-1 english cucumber

-1 large green apple

-1/4 cup fresh mint

-2 kiwi

For this one, I leave the kiwi skins ON <— something I would never usually consume. The little pricklies freak me out. 

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Kiwi skin: yay or nay?

What’s your current favorite smoothie or juice combo? 

See ya in the morning!

xoxo

Gina

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46 Comments

  1. Kelly @ Femme Fitale on January 27, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I’m sure once it’s juiced, the kiwi skin isn’t overly apparent? Haha, I wouldn’t be eating one on its own anytime soon πŸ˜‰

    My favourite smoothie combo lately has also included mint: frozen strawberries + coconut water + vanilla rice protein + mint. I’ve had to play around the with mint a bit though…it can either give it that perfect, refreshing taste or one leaf too many, and it can be overpowering!

    I need a juicer!

  2. Liz on January 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I will have to give this juice combo a try! I’m always looking for new ones! My landlord has a mint bush in the front and I always pick from it, so this is perfect!

    And yes to skins on for kiwis. I mean, sometimes I don’t eat them, but they are awesome to help satisfy my “something crunchy” craving.

  3. Amber Schumann on January 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Kiwi skin = NAY! I’m sorry, I typically don’t prefer leathery FUR in my diet.

    In other news, here’s a fun fact about mint! A master bartender (who makes a mean mojito) once told me the majority of mint’s flavor is in the stem!! Go ahead and give it a sniff to compare… I know you wanna.

  4. Jana @ Bananas for Balance on January 27, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    My current favorite smoothie recipe is green apple, spinach, cucumber, lemon, ginger and almond milk. Just enough to get an extra serving of veggies in and hold me over until breakfast!

  5. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on January 27, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Kiwis with skin are the best! It is the only way to eat them πŸ˜‰ same with Mango skin!

  6. JennP on January 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    OMG, I would never think to eat kiwi skin. I didn’t even know you could! I do love {peeled} kiwis though. We go through several a week in this house!

  7. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on January 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Mmm this sounds delicious Gina! I’ll admit my Vitamix has been getting more action than my juicer these days, but when I do juice I love a mix of dark greens, cucumber, apple, lemon juice and a great big hunk of ginger! A fairly classic combo but it’s SO good!

  8. Sharon T on January 27, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Do you ever juice with your VitaMix?? The kiwis are a great idea! I just ordered one, and hope it can replace my juicer that just died. But, a little unsure how it handles greens and such…

  9. April on January 27, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    I always eat kiwi skins! I didn’t realize that was even an option until I read somewhere how incredibly nutrient-dense they are. I wasn’t even sure that was true, but it doesn’t take much convincing for me to NOT have to peel something. And kiwis are the worst to peel. Period. πŸ™‚

  10. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on January 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    I like this juice combo! I would never eat the skin straight up but in a juice it would probably be fine! My favorite combo without fail is apple, carrot & beet!

  11. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on January 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I love kiwi skin and it has so many great things for you! Kiwi’s are a great source of potassium which is always good in my book!

  12. CourtStar @ StarSystemzFitness on January 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    I never thought to juice kiwis before, but it sounds so DELISH mint, kiwi YUMM! Thanks for sharing! xo C

  13. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on January 27, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    That juice sounds great!!! You probably can leave the skin on the kiwis. The only fruit that I’ve found I have to take the skin off when I juice is oranges. I didn’t do it once and that juice was bitter-central!

  14. Lauren on January 27, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Looks so refreshing!

  15. Maggie on January 27, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Saw a Vita Mix demonstration Saturday and he said, “if the skin is thin, toss it in; if it’s thick you could be sick” I would leave the skin on a kiwi!

  16. Melissa on January 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    The chin strap on Liv’s helmet is too loose. The strap should be snug against her chin. If the helmet doesn’t fit properly she isn’t going to get the proper protection.

    • Katie on January 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm

      Was just going to comment to point this out as well.

    • Kay on January 27, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      That was the first thing I noticed! If helmets aren’t on properly they won’t protect the noggin! I used to fit them at safety fairs and I now compulsively want to fix kids I see on the street. I highly recommend getting fitted at an event-they can help you learn what it should be doing to fit properly so that you can adjust as she grows!

  17. Megan on January 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I vote no skin, it weirdos me out!

  18. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on January 27, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I have never thought to add mint to my juice or smoothie! I’ll have to give it a try. I have been loving blueberry + strawberry + spinach + chia seeds + coconut oil smoothies lately. Very easy but delicious!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

      oh, i’ll have to try that!

  19. Livi on January 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    I’m a believer in the kiwi skin!! I chomp through the whole thing. It’s so much easier and the texture is a nice contrast!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

      you are braver than me πŸ˜‰ a lot of people love it, though!

  20. Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome on January 27, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Love the addition of mint in that juice recipe! Something I always forget about but so good!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 10:52 am

      same! it adds such a nice kick πŸ™‚

  21. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on January 28, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I’ve never actually eaten kiwi skin even though I know that you can. It just seems to textured and weird. Kiwi berries are fun, though, because they’re small and don’t have any fuzzy skin. Have you tried those? I feel like maybe you’ve mentioned them before. I’ve bought them at Trader Joe’s and also received them in a CSA box.

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

      oh, i haven’t tried those! i’ll be on the lookout πŸ˜‰

  22. Julie on January 28, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I went to the LA Fit Expo and met Jack LaLane’s wife! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 10:51 am

      no way!! she was at the IDEA conference last year. she did pushups on stage, and she was amazing!

  23. Deann on January 28, 2014 at 2:01 am

    I have always eaten kiwi skin. The prickles don’t bother me and if you eat it like an apple aren’t noticeable. In fact to me the skins taste almost like apples. Eating them like this does have downsides though. You don’t realize they are rotten inside until it to late :s

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

      AHHHHHH!

  24. Missy on January 28, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Hmmm, I may have to try the skin one of these days.

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

      let me know how it goes! i am not that brave haha

  25. Becky @ Life Outside The BOX on January 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I honestly cannot remember the last time I had a kiwi. They looks so delicious in your picture, I will definitely be grabbing a few next time I am at the store!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 10:50 am

      they are so refreshing! i tend to forget about them, too

  26. Cassie Vaughn on January 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I kill plants too. I’m okay when it’s warm and summer like, but as soon as fall sets in, they’re goners. I’m still addicted to my chocolate green smoothie – banana, cherries, spinach or kale, almond milk, and a spoonful of cocoa powder. Yours sounds good though!

  27. Liesl @ Fitnessinthekitchen on January 28, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Oh, I love kiwi skin! It’s where all the nutrients are..and in a smoothie or juice you can’t really taste em.

  28. Ashley @ Brocblog on January 28, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Oh my gosh that sounds beyond refreshing!

  29. sonia the mexigarian on January 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I love the addition of kiwi in my smoothies. makes it an even brighter shade of green. πŸ™‚ I have never eaten the kiwi skin except for one time. And then I got a rash around my lips. I take them off each time and compost them. My mint plant is hanging in there….. but my aole vera plant isn’t looking to happy. I have find a way to revive him.

  30. Tracy on January 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I loooove fresh mint in chocolate smoothies!

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      love that combo!!

  31. Becca on January 28, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    I have been LOVING my juicer lately! I Just got it not long ago and finally brought it out to experiment, mostly fruits really, but last night I had some orange, pear, and kale it was DEELISH! My son even asked if we could throw in carrot with it! After picking my jaw up off the floor I happily grabbed a handful and threw them in! πŸ™‚ He GULPED it down! yay for juicing πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      yay!! how old is your little guy?

      • Becca on January 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        He is 7! My 18 month old gobbled it down too! πŸ™‚ Of course she likes all the juices I make even if I don’t! πŸ˜€

  32. char eats greens on January 28, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    For the longest time I didn’t know you could or would want to eat the kiwi skin – so I’m a nay!! I’d love to try this though if it means leaving it on without tasting fuzz!!!

  33. Krystal on January 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    I want a juicer so badly!

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