Super Juice: The Citrus Kicker

Good morning 2012. Start the year off right by feeding your body plenty of healthy, energizing nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate (all can be found in this recipe!) Energize you day by starting off with a glass of fresh juice. This recipe is one of my favorite spicy AM super juices: The Citrus Kicker! This wake-me-up, get-up-and-go drink has sweet citrus flavor with spicy ginger and cayenne accents. Think of it as the all-natural, vitamin-rich alternative to a double shot latte. Everyone can make this – if you have a juicer you can make the original recipe. But if you don’t have a juicer – I have an alternative recipe method for you too!..

Ginger Kick. Sure, ginger ale offers a fizzy spiced burst of ginger. But have you tried fresh, raw ginger in juice? It offers a spicy kick you’ll come to crave! To get a bold ginger buzz, the ginger must be fresh and raw. This juice recipe invites you to really load up on ginger – for a true wake-me-up, kick-me-up sip.

Bonus Effects: Ginger is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Plus these spicy flavors are great for clearing stuffed sinuses.

Tip! Organic fruits and veggies are always best when juicing. This way you know you are only getting the good stuff in each sip. pesticide free.

Green this Sip: Add 1 cup celery, cucumber or your favorite leafy greens for a slightly less sweet, green-infused juice! Get my Green Juice Guide and Myths here!

“But I don’t have a juicer..” Don’t worry – if you don’t have a juicer, you can still get some of that fresh ginger kick simply by using a micro-plane grater. See below for details.

Super Juice: The Citrus Kicker
makes about 12 ounces, 2 servings

1 large orange, juiced (you can do this by peeling and placing in juicer – or by hand manual squeezing peel-on)
1/2 lemon, juiced (same method as orange)
1 medium apple, chopped
*Fuji, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith are my faves
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, skin removed
cayenne spice ( a few dashes)

Juicer-less version: you will need to use store-bought apple cider in place of the fresh apple juice. You will have to manually squeeze the lemon and orange juice. For the ginger, you will need to micro-plane it into a fine grated texture. Then add the grated ginger and apple juice to a sealed container and shake vigorously. Then strain this apple-ginger mixture through a fine mesh strainer to catch the ginger bits. Then gently stir the strained apple-ginger juice into the rest of the fresh squeezed juice (citrus). Stir in the cayenne.

If you have a juicer Directions:

1. Wash all your ingredients.

2. Peel your orange and 1/2 lemon – and remove the lemon seeds. Chop your apple into chunks that will fit in your juicer. You can juice the entire apple – core and all. Chop ginger into small chunks.

3. Start juicing all your ingredients. Stir gently to swirl the flavors.

5. Pour into serving glasses and top with cayenne. Add cayenne to taste.

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