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Eat Well. Live Well.

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That’s their motto at Pure Health Lounge in New Haven. After reading today’s article in the Daily Nutmeg about the new store, which opened in January, I decided to give it a whirl. Obviously I don’t want to write a repeat of the article in the Daily Nutmeg, just wanted to give you a little glimpse into why my tummy is so happy right now.

Even though I make my own juices every day, I’m always up for trying someone else’s creation. The one I chose was the called Pure Green. Aptly named considering every ingredient in this baby is green. Kale, spinach, cucumber, and celery sure do know how to make a girl happy! I got the 16oz juice for $4.95, which is a steal in juice world. A steal I tell you.

Even though I went in to explore the place and maybe grab a juice, I ended up walking out with a sandwich too. Oops! But it was so worth it. I had the Veggie Extreme Panini with lettuce, tomato, carrots, green pepper, olives, cucumber, feta, and balsamic vinaigrette. I definitely recommend this one! While I’m not a calorie counter at all (that would really depress me) you calorie counters out there will be happy to know that this sandwich only had 117 calories. Yeah. You read right. If that doesn’t make you want to go there right now maybe this might:

While I wasn’t super crazy about the atmosphere, the girl who helped me was so, so friendly. She even gave me a sample of fresh squeezed orange juice from this lean mean orange juice squeezing machine. That thing is LEGIT. If, for some bizarre reason, you don’t go in for the juice, smoothies, or food, you have got to see that thing in action. Go!

Calling all juice virgins, calling all juice virgins!

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Remember when I said I’d post a juice recipe specifically for you beginner juicing babies? This is for you.

This juice is so fun. I call it the carrot-apple-ging spritz and I drink it out of a champagne flute. While carrot juice will never (and let’s be honest, should never) replace champagne, it’s so fun to drink this spritzer from a fancy glass. It’s like instant happy hour. Except it’s healthy. An instant happy-healthy hour, if you will.

These are the things you’ll need:

  • 4 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 large apple or 2 small-ish apples
  • 1 inch of peeled ginger (you can use less if it’s too spicy for you, it’s YOUR juice)
  • a splash or two of sparkling mineral water (again, however much you like)
The instructions for juicing are pretty simple and it rarely changes. Basically you just wash your produce, cut them if necessary, and push everything through your juicer. For this recipe, after everything has made it through your juicer, top it off with a splash of sparkling mineral water. You’ll find that this last step really lifts a flat feeling juice up to a new level. Even juice need to be encouraged to sparkle sometimes.
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If you live here in CT and don’t have a juicer but you wanna find out if you might like it, there are a few local places that do the juicing for you. You could try Edge of the Woods where they juice pretty much anything you might want. Or green well, on Crown Street, has a daily juice (my good friend, Lauren, blogs about their most recent one here). If you make a trip to green well, give me a call, I wanna come with! If you live a little farther west of New Haven, Whole Foods in Westport has a juice bar too.
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Regardless of where you get your juice, the last step, as usual, is to enjoy what you’ve made. You can take notes from me if you wish.

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As a gift to you for following the blog, I present this picture to you to use if you’re in need of blackmail materials against me. If there were a health food super hero, she’d use carrots as claws. It’s a fact.

But it’s green…

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Yep, it’s green. Get over it. Juicing is one of the most effective ways to get all the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes from your fruits and vegetables. Your body loves absorbing all of those nutrients without having to work so hard to digest them. If you have a juicer, dust that baby off! If not, come over and I’ll make one for you (seriously, I will). If you’re a juice virgin, this one might be a baby bit too intense for you so I’ll be sure to include some beginner friendly juices later on.

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This is the recipe for my go-to juice, the one I drink every morning:

  • handful of spinach
  • 2-3 large kale leaves
  • 1-2 Tbsp. of parsley
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1/2 romaine heart
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 apple, cored
  • 1-2 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 inch of ginger (although I prefer more)
First, be sure to wash everything. Then, push all ingredients through your juicer and you have 16oz of fresh squeezed energy. Enjoy :)