I’ve been a big fan of carrot juice for a while, and nothing beats V8 and vodka with a little Worcestershire and Tabasco but I recently stepped up the game a little to try to justify purchasing an industrial blender for the kitchen. Here are some of the recent efforts.
Post Burderop Hill run Carrot/Orange/Rice/Blueberry Smoothie
280 g carrots, soaked in cold water during an hour-long run, then scrubbed and capped
1 orange, peeled but leaving the membrane
about a shot glass of leftover brown rice
1/2 cup of yoghurt
a big handful of blueberries
Used the food processor to grate the carrots then spun the result in my crappy blender with the orange and a half cup of water. Magnificent colour, which I then speckled with the remaining ingredients making a thick, grainy shake that filled a pint glass 1½ times and thoroughly disgusted Jackie. To help with the absorption of carotenoids you need to include some fat so I fixed a bacon sandwich to go with it.
Sunday Morning Breakfast Drink (pictured above)
150 g carrots
100 g celery
250 mL cranberry juice
Refreshing and a bit sweeter with the juice added. Great accompaniment to two barely fried eggs on toast and a shitload of bacon (for the carotenoid absorption, of course).
Overly sweet start to the week smoothie
All fruit, but after a typical gin-soaked weekend I really needed to level out my blood sugar. You also require some protein and soy powder would suffice; having none, I fixed steak and eggs to fill the nutritional gaps.
General verdict: I’d really like to have the powerful blender but my old, decrepit processor/blender combo is doing an adequate job…the bits that aren’t truly liquified are not an unpleasantly coarse texture. I only have to satisfy my Philistine tastes, anyway.