Recipe: Fennel Apple Juice with Greens & Fresh Lemon – and a Guest Post & Giveaway!

A little rest for the tummy is sometimes nice.

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.

~ Danish Proverb

Happy Saturday readers!

Today I am excited to share with you a number of things. Firstly, this Saturday, one of my most favorite blogging buds Somer over at Good Clean Food is hosting a super awesome giveaway.

She is also kindly hosting a guest post from yours truly for this very recipe shared here today: a gorgeous, sweet, and truly healthy green juice! Read on to get the goods here, or head straight over there and enter to win a sweet running skirt from Lululemon on Somer’s blog!

Somer and I both share a mutual love of running – and I encourage you to read her story here – her ‘becoming a runner’ story is truly as inspirational as her personality. I’m thrilled to team up with her to share this recipe and celebrate all things healthy – whether it is a healthy diet, or health through physical activity, or just a straight up healthy attitude & mind (the most important thing of all, IMO).

Today’s juice recipe is (true to IPOM form) super simple. Of course, you need to own a juicer for it, but other than that, the ingredients are easy and accessible, and won’t break the bank either.

Sweet fennel and apples team up to offer balance against healthy cancer fighting vegetables like cabbage and kale, and are rounded out with the zing and pop of fresh lemon.

I’ve posted one green juice recipe here on this blog before, but I think I may have just found my new favorite. Now that is a seriously big claim, but if you get a chance to try it, I’ve a feeling it could become yours too!

The Less:

Less chewing and digesting means less work on the system. Less store-bought, packaged juice means less sugar and cooked compounds. Less refined sugar beverages means more low-calorie energy, and less cooking means hopefully more ways to expend it.

The More:

More easily assimilated raw juices means more dynamic raw nutrition. More sweetness and balance means more satisfaction to ward off cravings. More creative ways to juice with more easily found ingredients, means more likelihood you’ll do it over (and over) again.

Fennel Apple Juice with Greens & Fresh Lemon:

  • (2) small fennel bulbs, or (1) medium, with stalks removed
    (if the only fennel available is extra-large start with half and adjust to taste)
  • (2) medium organic apples
  • (1) organic lemon, whole
  • (8) leaves kale
  • (1/4) medium-sized green cabbage

Clean and process all ingredients into juicer friendly pieces. Make sure to leave the skin on the lemon as this adds to the taste of the final product significantly.

Juice all ingredients and strain if desired (my preferred way to enjoy it), and serve immediately for best nutritional value and taste!

Utilizing kale and cabbage as the veggie base of this juice adds such amazing nutritional benefit, and both are easy to find and easy (and cheap) to grow just about anywhere. Cabbage is one of my most favorite vegetables and keeps all through the winter given proper storage.

Adding sweet fennel offsets any bitterness, and makes this green cocktail absolutely sing!

So whether you are a runner, a walker, a cyclist, or just about any other fantastic version of yourself, this juice is almost guaranteed to make you feel like a million bucks.

It might make you feel almost as good as you’ll look in Somer’s sexy running skirt if you head over there to enter;)

The greatest wealth is health.

~Virgil

Sometimes the body just needs a rest. Just like a good nap on the couch on a lazy Saturday, this juice could provide just the break you need to feel (just a little) more rested and whole. Doesn’t that sound spectacular (I’m thinking of the nap really!)?

  • What is your go to physical activity?
  • Got a favorite juice to share with us?

We’re on the countdown here to take off (8 sleeps!) and are hard at work packing and tying up details before our big upcoming holiday. I’ll be sipping and slurping this juice this weekend and enjoying (just a little) fresh air.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer weekend!

Yours in Less,

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41 responses to “Recipe: Fennel Apple Juice with Greens & Fresh Lemon – and a Guest Post & Giveaway!

  1. What a beautiful blog. Your pictures are amazing! I love this recipe for juice and am headed to the grocery store later today…definitely will be picking up some fennel to try this. And my absolute favorite go-to activity has to be hiking πŸ™‚

  2. The juice looks delicious! There is nothing more refreshing than a glass of green juice – love that you added fennel – it must taste fantastic!
    Beautiful photos!

    • Thanks Anne! It was a surprise hit for sure – I’m making it again in short order (like, today!)Totally agree, it’s so healing πŸ™‚ xox

  3. If I had a juicer I would try this, Shira — apples are just coming in and I love fennel. My favorite exercise is open-water swimming, with hill-walking as a back-up in the cold months. I also like to … you know … if I get the chance.

    • Ha! Yes, Sharyn, I think I know πŸ™‚ I bet you are excited for the apples to come – crazy enough they are my favorite fruit in season but I only like them when fresh and stop eating them around November. Enjoy it!!

  4. Somer

    So grateful for this collaboration today! My “Somer Saturday” is so much brighter because of you! Seriously searching for fennel today as I have everything else on hand and my Champion juicer is all ready to go! Love your guts out! Xoxox

    • Seriously Somer, so happy to do this together too! My blog life got so much better the day you introduced yourself – you are amazing! I hope you enjoy it – just go easy on the cabbage if it’s a big one! πŸ™‚ xox

  5. That looks gorgeous. I adore fennel and I have it in everything, salads and smoothies. It’s such a fresh taste. Yum.

  6. Right now my go to physical activity is running, but I love cycling. I still fit in some spin classes with my days of running. This juice looks sooo good. Anything green is always the best. The grassier the better!

  7. If only I had a juicer to try this! I saw your post over at Somer’s blog and I just love that the two of you got together πŸ™‚

    My go-to exercise is definitely yoga- there’s just something about getting a good workout AND getting chilled out and relaxed at the same time that I love lol.

    Gook luck getting ready for the trip!

    • Thanks Gabby! We spent the weekend getting ready, which also means cleaning out the fridge! Hehe..
      Love yoga too, you are lucky as I don’t have the time, but would add it to my regime in a heartbeat – one day! πŸ™‚ xo

  8. Reblogged this on MINDFUL CONSUMPTION and commented:
    When healthy and delish come together it’s a great day. Check this out …

  9. Oh Yum!
    Reblogging on “Mindful Consumer” πŸ˜‰
    Happy days. Love your pics.

  10. Look at that gorgeous juice! Looks like a creamy soup. One of my secrets is that I own a juicer (best hand-me-down gift ever) but don’t use it. My goal is to get it out and make this juice before the week is up. Always love your “less” and “more” sections of your post and, of course, your photos. Beautiful.

    • Jennifer – thanks for sharing your secret! You are in for a treat, I hope you like it as much I did, and I just enjoyed it again today πŸ™‚ Thanks so much, I always appreciate your words and each and every time you visit!

  11. I’m not sure I need a running skirt :D. Great looking juice. I’m a jogger myself and there is no better juice than your basic orange juice.

  12. Reblogged this on It's All Food and commented:
    A Vegans Delights…. Luv it

  13. Somer

    What about winning it for your lady? I’d make an exception and ship overseas just for you. πŸ˜‰

  14. This juice looks delish! I like fennel, apples, kale, cabbage – set! Shira, what are your thoughts on juicing vs blending? Apart from extra fibre from blended juice, any nutritional differences?

    • Thanks Marina! This combo is not only crazy healthy, but tastes darned fine too! Yours is a good question and one I see a lot of debate about. Honestly, I think of course they are both great and have their benefits. I juice when my tummy feels sensitive and when I want to keep that ‘light’ feeling without the heavy fibre that often comes with blending the same foods. Juicing requires more of those same foods, and so you get a higher volume of what each ingredient has to offer. Both good, and both have their place in my regime. And at the end of the day, I adore chewing too πŸ™‚ So I think it’s all about fine balance…and the ever so subtle sweet spot! πŸ™‚ Have you been leaning one way or the other? Now you’ve got me curious!

      • I love juice as it feels lighter though I am always worried that I throw too much roughage away. So blending takes care of that, and uses less ingredients. With juicing, i need to use say 4 celery stalks vs 1 in blending. I did feel like I was drinking gazpacho though πŸ˜‰ I’ll read up about it a little more but like you say, a good balance is pretty much the best we can do! I adore chewing too πŸ™‚

      • I’m with you on all counts Marina – hear hear on the blending! There is a time for all things in moderation – as long as they are good! πŸ™‚

  15. Hello lovely Shira – fennel & apple – what a yummo’ combo. I may even have to dig the old juicer out just because it’s you… I, as you know, am an avid blender (as opposed to juicer).

    7 sleeps? Is that right? Woohoo!!!

    • 5 sleeps now J – I can barely contain myself! πŸ™‚ This combo is totally worth the trouble I promise! You might thank me (well, one can hope anyway!) xox!

  16. journeysofthezoo

    Shira,

    Do you ever pack a lot into your posts (literally and figuratively). A friend of mine (Rene) shared your blog with me and I was immediately impressed! Being a fellow Canadian, I love to support my own and hope that you will accept that I awarded you the “Liebster Award”. See what I had to say and what it’s all about on my blog, http://www.journeysofthezoo.com/2012/07/liebster-award-recipient.html.

    I look forward to finding out more ways in which I can lead a more positive life. Thanks for sharing.

    Besos, Sarah
    Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
    http://www.journeysofthezoo.com

    • Wow – thanks so much Sarah! I am honored – and thank you for the kind words! Is this my girlfriend from Ottawa you speak of when you say Rene? πŸ™‚ Curious!

  17. hmmm I can safely say I have never juiced a cabbage- interesting though!
    I LOVE Hiking and Snowshoeing – really anything that gets me outdoors πŸ™‚ we are also fans of frisbee!

    I love this juice: http://sundaymorningbananapancakes.blogspot.com/2012/02/kijani-juice.html

    • Thanks Heather – this juice looks insane!! Thank you for the link!! And I’m with you on the hiking – snowshoeing is still on the list!!

  18. While I’m not a vegan and I’m entirely indulgent and hedonistic about food (about everything), I adore juicing for so many reasons and love the tart but fragrant taste of fennel with just about anything.

    My juicer has turned my garden into a new world. The ugly bits. The stalks. The succulent leaves that the bugs have rendered less than (well, MUCH less than) gorgeous. The wartiest of apples. The lettuce that is juice the teensiest bit past salad-perfect. I gather it all in my colander the night before and wake up each morning to a new concoction. Even my Starbucks-centric husband wakes up craving the stuff now!

    Thanks for this lovely recipe. Stop by The Muddy Kitchen sometime! http://themuddykitchen.com/

  19. What a great type of “detox” drink and an original way of utilizing fennel! As for my favorite activity — swimming at the beach…I’m an aqua baby!

  20. Hey Shira! there’s something about green juice that just makes you feel so awesome! never tried it with fennel! i’ll have to give that a go! and i love Somer! She’s so kind-hearted and fun:) Thanks for sharing this great recipe! have a great afternoon!

  21. I finally made this tonight! I bought 2 big bulbs of fennel, one for the soup and one for this. Super delicious and refreshing. πŸ™‚ !

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