If I were a religious man (I’m agnostic), I’d be down on my knees thanking my deity of choice at the moment, because I have found my saving grace in this crazy quest.

I’m going to saddle this amazing drink with the completely unoriginal name of Awesome Orange, too. Here’s the recipe:

Awesome Orange Recipe

  • 3 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1″ of ginger root
  • 1 orange, unpeeled
  • 1 cucumber

I used Granny Smith apples, but I imagine any apple will work. This recipe gives you a very flavorful drink that is surprisingly a bit spicy and sweet at the same time. It’s not bitter at all (even with the orange peel) and tastes fantastic.

I read a variant of this recipe on another blog (this one here, you should follow these lovely ladies) that included a few handfuls of spinach. I like spinach, so I’ll try that next with this recipe. I’m looking forward to finding ones that work. Speaking of, they’ve also got a recipe for an Orange Julius juice that I’m going to try, too.

I was worried that I wouldn’t make it a week without something I actually liked drinking, but even if I have to drink one nasty juice every day, as long as I have this to look forward to, I can make it. I’m thinking I’ll cut the kale from the Mean Green and replace it with spinach; the kale is quite bitter, and this combined with perhaps another apple will allow me to hopefully enjoy the recipe for that, too.

Here’s a quick and easy way to get all your water: after you’re done with your 32-oz juice, fill the same glass/bottle/jar with water and drink that, too. Put some ice in it if you like ice water, but make sure to drink it all. That’ll help cut down the aftertaste of the juice as well as make it easier for your body to process it by diluting it a bit.

Whew. I was worried there for a bit, but now I’m ready to kick this thing into gear.