Okay – I admit: this recipe is so not unique. In my defence I had a pineapple on the kitchen counter living through its final days. I also happen to have an orange orchard in my fridge. My beloved cousin is experiencing a ‘food jag’ and she’s stocked the fridge with bags and bags of fresh oranges.
Dietitian's Definition: a "food jag" is a term used to describe a child that choose to eat the same food item for several meals in a row, often over the course of several days or even weeks.
Although my cousin is many moons past being a child (happy soon-to-be 22nd birthday, little monkey!) her and I still experience food jags more frequently than I dare admit. Right now her repeat foods of choice are steel cut oats, almond butter and oranges. Mine have been dates, apples and almond butter. I could survive off those three ingredients for life. Or, at least until you ask me again next week and I divulge my newest ‘food jag’ confession.
I’m starting to believe you don’t need to get on a plane and spend obscene amount of green that should be spent paying off student loans to ‘get away’ form the hustle and bustle of the city and work life. No, sir (or madame). Here’s what I think about when I sip on this drink: I’m on a tropical beach, cradled in a hammock suspended between two leaning coconut trees, The Hobbit in one hand and this here glass of Sunrise Pineapple & Orange Juice in the other. I'd like to stay there for a while, or at least until my drink is done, before teleporting back to my beloved Vancouver. I don’t know about you, but that’s my go-to practice of meditation.
It also helps to look at pictures of when you actually were on vacation. Don’t you feel like you snap a LOAD of pictures but seldom go through them? Let me invite you to rummage through your SD cards, USB flash drive, photo album, CDs or floppy disks (has it really been that long since you’ve gone through your pictures?). Re-live the moments and allow yourself 2 minutes to travel to a far away place today. Need inspiration? Make this drink and let the journey begin.
I used a juicer to make this drink. If you lack a juicer no problem; make a smoothie out of it by pulverizing in a blender.
Dietitian's Definition: The terms "juice" and "smoothie" are often used interchangeably, as if they were synonyms. Although they are both liquid drinks, they do differ. A juice indicates that the finer has been removed, whereas a smoothie contains the fibrous components of the fruits and/or vegetables added into the mix. A juicer is used to make juice (makes sense, right?), while a blender is used to make smoothies.
Although I advocate for eating the fruit whole so that you get all the magical benefits that accompanies the fibre in these foods, I do strongly believe that making your own juice is a far superior substitute to the store-bought varieties that have been heat-treated and may contain added sugar and other additives or preservatives.
With that being said, it took one medium-sized pineapple and four oranges to make merely three cups of this juice. Most people could easily guzzle 1.5 cups of this juice without feeling the slightest bit full; granted their thirst might be quenched.
Instead, have half a pineapple and two oranges and I guarantee this would produce a feeling of fullness. Not only is the food consumed more slowly than the juice would have been guzzled, but the fibre helps to slow the sugar release into the blood and benefits digestion, amongst other benefits.
Pro tip: Make this drink 'sparking' by adding soda water... so fancy!
So treat yourself to this juice. It’s loaded with phytonutrients, antioxidants and other immune-boosting vitamins. Enough said. Happy sipping.
Pineapple Sunrise Orange Juice
▸ ▹ Vegan, raw, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free
Yield: 3 cups (750 mL)
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
1 medium pineapple, peeled, cut into small chunks
4 oranges, peeled, quartered
Place fruit one by one through a juicer (or blender, if making a smoothie), serve immediately and enjoy!
Optional garnish: orange twist, orange knot, orange slice, orange wedge, pineapple chunk.
Variation: add soda water to make this a 'sparkling' beverage.
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