The Organic Orange Beet and Basil Hydrator

Today I went to French’s Forest Farmer’s Market  picked up a whole load of organic goodness. Why? Because my juicer arrived this week!!!
I’ve been without a juicer, aka the Lamborghini of my kitchen, since I sold my Kempo 3 months ago back in Toronto. Between me and you, it’s been absolutely terrible living without one, but I’ve managed to survive. 😉
Once arriving in Sydney, I purchased an Optimum Cold Press Slow Juicer. After a few minutes of half-ass online research, I came to the conclusion that it’s one of Australia’s better juicers and it costs much less than what it would cost to order a North American-made juicer of the same quality and have it delivered. I don’t know much in terms of the nutrient quality difference between the two juicers, but I’m not too worried about it. It’s a pressing juicer (as opposed to shredding). It’s easy to clean. It makes me happy.
I was also lucky enough to stumble across these adorable milk bottles from Target Australia  for just AUD $6 this week! AlthoughTarget isn’t exactly an eco lover’s dream, I like these jars because they’re reusable, non-leeching glass bottles that are small enough to take anywhere, and have lids with holes in them that are the perfect size for my glass straws! I recommend using glass straws instead of paper or plastic because they’re washable and reusable, therefore limiting waste and packaging. I’ve set the paper straws aside to use them for crafts. Grab your own glass straw and find out more here. (The bottles are also amazing for kitchen styling and holding water-loving plants like ivy and bamboo!)
So today, after our stroll through the market, I came home thirsty and inspired. Here’s what I whipped up. It’s refreshing, hydrating, delicious, nutritious, and pretty!
  • 6 leaves organic basil
  • 4 organic navel oranges
  • 1 small organic beetroot
  • 1 large organic carrot
  • 1″ (2.54 cm) organic ginger root

Peel the oranges and toss them along with the rest of the ingredients into your juicer. Pour into a glass, serve, and enjoy!
Don’t have a juicer? Simply toss all the ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth, then strain and squeeze through a nut milk bag, et voila! Juice!
Remember to keep your juicing ingredients organic. Juices run right through our digestive systems and we want these ingredients to be as clean as possible, otherwise you’re giving yourself a pesticide injection, and that’s just not a good time.