I'd like to think of this as the healthiest virgin margarita I've ever had. This is an adaptation from a recipe in the Moon Juice Cookbook and boy is it amazingly delicious and unique. I think the cilantro, lime, and chili give it a refreshing zing. And don't worry... The jalapeño isn't as spicy as you'd think (seeds and core are removed for your own comfort).
You'll need a juicer for this recipe. I think if you're someone who buys fresh pressed juice more than twice/week, a juicer is worth the initial investment. I am using a centrifugal juicer here, which means there is a bit of heat generated in the pressing process, making it not entirely "cold pressed," but it's okay. These kinds of juicers are cheaper, very quick, and easy to clean, so I think that makes up for the tiny bit of heat produced. A fresh pressed juice from a vendor is anywhere from $5-$9. Ingredients for a juice at home usually add up to about $1-$2 for me.
Not convinced about juicing? I didn't used to be either. Juicing wastes a lot of pulp and fiber in the extraction process, so technically smoothies are the more ideal, whole-food option. Only thing is, juicing at home allows you to consume vitamins and minerals in their raw form through things you wouldn't normally consume raw in bulk. (In my own case: beets, carrots, celery, wheatgrass, many herbs and some leafy greens, etc.) I would normally cook beets, for instance, which rids them of a great deal of their nutritional value.
This juice in particular is packed with goodies. The raw pineapple contains enzymes that promote cell turnover, aid digestion, and tame inflammation. The cucumber is very alkalizing and neutralizes the ph of your blood, and also contains B vitamins which help with anxiety. The jalapeño and chili boost your metabolism. & The peel of the lime contains tons of vitamin C and limonene, which is known to relieve heart burn and potentially prevent cancer.
Recipe: Makes about 12-16 oz. of juice
1 cucumber, cut into quarters
1/2 fresh pineapple, fibrous center and peel removed
1/4 of a lime, peel included
handful of cilantro
1/2 of a jalapeño pepper, seeds and white core removed
shake of pico de gallo spice or chili powder to top
Insert ingredients into your juicer, rotating between things so that it all mixes evenly, then stir and serve. I recommend consuming within 24 hours if you do refrigerate it. Enjoy!