Make Your Own Meals: Get Juiced #30DaysofGOOD Make Your Own Meals: Get Juiced #30DaysofGOOD
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Make Your Own Meals: Get Juiced #30DaysofGOOD

by Evan George

June 17, 2012

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for June? Make your own meals.

Today's challenge is to buy an assortment of fresh fruits and put them to good use: Drink them.

The only way to make great juice is from fresh fruit, so start by hitting up a quality produce store or a farmers market. Pick five fruits—a couple that are in season right now (for instance, cherries and apricots), some kind of standby (like oranges), and a couple that are a bit unusual (look for pomelos, which taste like sweet grapefruit). Make sure to get a variety of colors (blood oranges have a particularly vivid hue), and a balance of sour (lemons, ruby red grapefruit) and sweet (tangelos, mandarins).

Once you've lugged your bounty home, pick two or three fruits and make a well-balanced juice. For citrus, squeeze by hand or use a squeeze juicer. For stone fruits, mash, puree in a blender, and strain.

Play around with flavors. Lately I've been digging a 2:1 mix of pink grapefruit and blood oranges. The result tastes as vibrant as it looks, thanks to the raspberry hints in blood oranges and the pucker of the grapefruit. I cut it with a bit of sparkling water and drink it for a healthful breakfast. It also works as the basis for a great cocktail: Add a teaspoon of lavender simple syrup (you can make your own) and a floral-tasting gin, and you’ve got yourself a summer afternoon in a bottle.

We're giving away $500 for you to unite your community and "Make More Meals" from locally-sourced foods. Participate in our Share a GOOD Recipe challenge.

Photo via (cc) Flickr user Rob_L.

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Make Your Own Meals: Get Juiced #30DaysofGOOD