Friday, July 8, 2011

Guest Post: Ali from Jam Hands

Today I am happy to welcome Ali from one of my favorite food blogs,Jam Hands . And I am guest posting over there today!


Happy Friday everybody! My name is Ali and I am so happy to be guest hosting for you today. I am a huge fan of Jen so it is a real treat to be able to do a little blog swap with her today. If you were wondering, I write about food, DIY, and blogging at my site, Jam Hands. I am not a crafty girl whatsoever, so I envy Jen and her crafty skills.

I don't know about you, but lately I've been feeling the urge to clean, throw out, and start with a clean slate. My entire life seems out of whack lately, nutrition being part of that.

After rounding up a whole bunch of fruits and vegetables, I decided to create a juice recipe that had strawberry, orange and cucumber. The carrots, grapes and spring salad mix were also looking good, so I added those in as well. I juiced it on up and hoped for the best.

The result was incredible.This is a seriously delicious juice. My kids were giving me the puppy dog eyes, wanting to try it, so I poured them a drink and waited to see their reaction.
The toddler made a funny little face like he tasted a lemon - but only for a split second. He seemed to consider the drink for a few moments, and then he chugged it. Success! My daughter drank her juice down quickly as well, and bugged me all day long for more juice. I was so happy that they were digging the juice and getting more servings of fruits and vegetables in their diet. Ready for the recipe?

Strawberry, Orange & Cucumber Juice
Makes 1-2 servings
1 large cucumber, peeled and de-seeded
3-4 strawberries, tops removed
1 orange, rind removed (some pith is fine, it is nutritious)
handful of grapes
1 carrot, peeled and top & bottom cut off
handful of greens (I used a spring mix, you can use whatever you like)
1. Juice all ingredients and serve.

Note: There seems to be a ton of varying opinions about if you should combine fruits and vegetables when you juice or blend. I have spent hours looking at the information out there, and you know what, I'm still confused. My advice is: Listen to your body. If you get an upset tummy after combining fruits and vegetables, next time try just fruit, or just veggies. All I know is the three of us drank this juice, loved it, and no one had any stomach discomfort. 


  1. I've never made juice before, you must have to have special equipment? Looks like frothy goodness though.

  2. Diana - I picked up a juicer for $30 at Walmart. Nothing fancy, but it does the job well. :) I love it.

    This morning we made grape - granny smith apple - spinach juice and my kids loved it.

    I get happy when I can get them to eat more fruits and veggies this way.


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