Lean Mean Green Apple Juice from Eat Spin Run Repeat

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 135

Good morning all!!

How are ya today? I’ve got a super early start this morning because I’m off to a training conference for work in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. I love the little village feel that Niagara-on-the-Lake has in the summer, but I’ve never seen it in the winter so hopefully I’ll get a chance to take a few photos. In other news, I am so, SO excited to tell you all about my new things this week. Yesterday I was absolutely bursting with excitement as I ate dinner, and as a result, I’ve got not just one, but TWO recipes for you today! First, let’s start with my usual….

1. Recipe of the Week: As I mentioned on Monday, one of my goals for this month is to drink 3 green (or veggie-based) juices each week. it seems that just about everyone I talk to is fighting some sort of flu or cold bug these days, myself included. I think that for me, part of it has to do with our all-over-the-place weather, as well as the stress of work and other things going on in my day to day life. If you’re feeling even a little under the weather, I’ve got just the thing to help boost your immunity and your energy. It’s not just apple juice, it’s Lean Mean Green Apple Juice!

Lean Mean Green Apple Juice

I’ll just start off by saying that this doesn’t actually taste like your standard apple juice, but it’s rather mild as far as green juices go. If you’re new to juicing, it’s a great recipe to start with. Citrus fruits are given a ton of attention in flu season due to their vitamin C content, but just as important are dark leafy greens. They contain heaps of vitamins A and C, both of which are antioxidants that help to keep your immune system running along as it should. Greens are also a great source of minerals that do the same job – zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium and copper. The darker the better, so feel free to mix up the ones you use for this.

dark leafy greens

Not only do greens give my Lean Mean Green Apple Juice an extra punch of nutritional power, but fresh ginger gives it a nice zing. Over time I’ve come to love fresh ginger, but if you’re not as huge of a fan, go ahead and add a smaller amount. Ginger is fabulous for its anti-inflammatory and cancer prevention properties, so if you’re dealing with any sort of nausea, discomfort, or pain, it’s a great whole food to add to your diet.

fresh ginger

If you don’t have a juicer, you can also make this juice by adding some water and using my Vitamix and tights method. Be sure to strain it really well because you won’t want to lose any of this green goodness.

Lean Mean Green Apple Juice from Eat Spin Run Repeat


Lean Mean Green Apple Juice from Eat Spin Run Repeat

2. Unsweetened Coconut Almond Breeze. Look what I found!

I know this has probably been available for a long time and therefore isn’t such a new thing, but it’s certainly new to me. I found it at one of my local health food stores (Fiddleheads) a couple of weeks ago and have had it stashed away, waiting to be used in a Try Something New Tuesday adventure. Unlike other flavoured non-dairy bevvies, this one hasn’t been pumped up with sugar and other ingredients that take away from its greatness. But does it work like coconut milk?

Unsweetened Coconut Almond Breeze

It’s been a while since I cheffed up a Thai curry in my kitchen, and with the soggy/snowy/rainy weather we’ve been getting lately, this was exactly what I craved for dinner last night. Rather than using coconut milk, I decided to put my new find to the test to see if it would work as a creamy substitute. I recruited some of my staple curry ingredients….

Thai Vegetable Curry ingredients

…then went about adding them to a pan in quantities that I just assumed would work. When all was said and done, I plated my dinner and sat down to give it a taste.

Thai Green Curry with Chickpeas -

Initial thoughts: I can’t even remember because I was too busy enjoying the euphoric foodgasm that came from that first bite. It was amazing!!! Notexactly the same taste as you’d get from canned coconut milk, but darn close and just as delicious. In fact, I think I liked it more.

Thai Green Curry with Chickpeas - 2

I didn’t experience that heaviness that I often feel after having eaten rich coconut milk-based curries, and the milder coconut taste allowed the other flavours from the fish sauce, curry paste, and chillies to come through.

Thai Green Curry with Chickpeas - 3

This was so flippin’ good that I’ve posted it as a separate recipe, Thai Green Curry with Chickpeas. If you only make one recipe from this blog this week – heck, if you only make one this year, I hope this is it. I’d offer you my leftovers, but….umm…. I’m going to need to make more.

empty plate with spoon

So tell me…

  • Have you tried the coconut-flavoured Almond Breeze yet? What did you think? I’ve got another recipe idea up my sleeve and if it’s a success, you can bet you’ll be hearing about it soon!
  • What’s your go-to cold fighting remedy? Apart from making sure I drink lots of water and get tons of sleep (well, as much as my schedule will allow), I amp up my consumption of all fruits and veggies, and if all else fails, it’s Advil Cold & Sinus. I don’t like taking medication, but sometimes, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!


  1. says

    Okay, next time we get together we have to make Thai food. Deal? This looks amazing. I’ve never heard of the Almond Breeze people making coconut milk. This is new to me and so very up my alley given my absolute LOVE for all things coconut.

    The Niagra on the lake, is that where you went in the summer at some point? I feel like you’ve blogged about it before. Sounds like a great place.

    I haven’t made juice in a couple of weeks, ah! I’ve just been so busy (read: lazy) gotta get back into the groove with a version of your apple juice. It’s such a pretty green color!

  2. says

    hope your day in NOTL goes well, angela! and yes, would love to see pics if you have a chance to snap some.
    wow – neat find with the “milk!” don’t you love when you come across these unexpected finds.
    i am fighting a cold, too….taking extra vitamin c and trying to keep stress down…not easy at this busy time of year! hope you can get over YOUR cold asap!

    • says

      Thanks Christine! Some people say green juices are a bit of an acquired taste and I’d say they were in my experience too, but it didn’t take long before I fell totally in love with them and was hooked. I hope you enjoy this one!

  3. says

    The weather going crazy (back and forth between warm and cold) always gets me and I end up with a cold or at least some sniffles! As you saw Monday :-/ Eek! My go-to to fight it is anything with lots of Vitamin C and LOTS of water. Doesn’t always work though. Now you’re making me wish I had a juicer two days ago to fight off the nasty bug I came down with.

    Also, I have a request. Can you move down here and cook Thai food for me every day? The recipes you come up with are genius! I’ll let you play with my fluffy puppy and she will give you lots of kisses in return for delicious Thai food. Deal??

    • says

      Aw I hope you’re feeling better soon Carol!! And oh my goodness…. you don’t have to ask me twice to move down to Georgia!! If it means no snow, I’m in! LOL! I’ll cook you a nice spicy curry to really clean your sinuses haha!

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