Juicer Margarita?!

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It’s Friday, and after a very hectic week, I’m ready to kick back and relax.  A margarita sounds really good right about now.  Well, maybe I can wait until after 5:00 tonight…maybe...

How I Usually Make (or made?) a Margarita

Typically if I’m making a margarita at home, I squeeze an orange over a simple glass citrus reamer, maybe add a bit of agave (I don't use it often but sometimes I do here), put it in a glass with a shot of tequila and triple sec (or if I’m lucky, grand marnier), squeeze and drop half a lime in, and I’m good to go.  These have been great, way better than some restaurant margaritas I’ve had that were made with a bottle of flavorless sugary and dyed premix.

Thank you, Stacy of Reboot with Joe!

Joe Cross and his Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead films really helped me out when I first got started with changing my eating lifestyle.  Those films inspired me to reach for my goal of working more produce into my diet, especially veggies.  It had not occurred to me that a tasty margarita made of cold-pressed fruit and veggie juice could exist until I happened across something special on his website: Stacy Kennedy’s recipe:  A Juicy Margarita.   It even contains broccoli!  Don't worry, I didn't taste it in the drink.

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, and Reboot Nutritionist for www.rebootwithjoe.com, has come up with a genius recipe that allows one to have their special night with their favorite drink, all the while giving themselves a dose of vitamin C, B vitamins, and minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus! 

And by the way, this margarita is delicious with or without the alcohol!

These...

Ingredients for A Juicy Magarita.

Ingredients for A Juicy Magarita.

...become this!

A Juicy Margarita, made by me using Stacy Kennedy's recipe.

A Juicy Margarita, made by me using Stacy Kennedy's recipe.

Juicing as a Bonus, not in Place of Other Veggies

I consider juice from my slow juicer to be an additional method of taking in fruit and veggies, not a replacement for whole fruits and veggies.  If I had to choose between whole food smoothies and fresh juice, I’d choose the smoothies first because I’d be getting the whole foods.  Juicing extracts important components like insoluble fiber along with many attached phytonutrients, though important components like soluble fiber, other phytonutrients, and enzymes remain and are absorbed more quickly without the insoluble fiber slowing them down.  Learn more here.  

That said, how great is it that juicing can even be worked into our mixed drinks?!  I've never wanted to try a bloody mary, though it does sound less scary now.  Stacy's recipe has veggies, no added sweetener, and it's more flavor-packed than any margarita I’ve had before!

So let’s do this! 

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For a reminder on how to set up a slow juicer like the Hurom HU-100, you can review last week’s post, How to Assemble a Slow Juicer

My Run at A Juicy Margarita

Below are the ingredients ready to go into the juicer.  I did tweak the recipe a bit by adding a piece of lime peel, just to ensure it would have plenty of that zesty lime flavor I like.  I also ended up using only the broccoli stalk, since the broccoli top I had on hand had seen better days.  The stalk itself was just fine.  Could this be why I didn't detect the flavor of the broccoli?  I'll have to experiment a bit more on that to know.  And I won't mind.

And do you see how much spinach went into this?!  Woohoo!  Just tasted like an awesome margarita to me.  If you aren't much of a ginger fan, you may want to cut the amount in half so the flavor blends a bit more into the background.

Margarita ingredients gathered.

Margarita ingredients gathered.

Time to turn on the juicer!

Hurom slow juicer on switch.

Hurom slow juicer on switch.

Placing ingredients into the Hurom hopper.

Placing ingredients into the Hurom hopper.

Juicer doin it's thing.

Juicer doin it's thing.

The juice and the shot.

The juice and the shot.

Don't forget to salt the rim!

Don't forget to salt the rim!

A Beautiful Juicy Margarita!

A Beautiful Juicy Margarita!

The full recipe can be found at http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/a-juicy-margarita-recipe/