Late this past Summer, the girls and I spent a few days at Karisma Resorts’ Generations Riviera Maya. Karisma Hotels + Resorts is known for their gourmet all-inclusive cuisine which always features mountains of amazing fresh fruits, veggies and fresh-squeezed juices. I quickly became enamored with this “green juice” which had a delicious and unique flavor that I couldn’t place. After a vacation of requesting a glass several times each day, I came home longing for my fix. After failed recreation attempts at home, I begged the Karisma chefs to share their secret recipe and they were happy to help. My favorite healthy drink will be in regular rotation to give me a boost as my body fights colds, allergies, and general holiday gluttony over the next few months.
Read on for the recipe and the mysterious ingredient that had me perplexed!…
- 2 cups of orange juice
- 1 medium cucumber
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 slices of pineapple
- 1 cactus leaf
- 2 cups grapefruit juice
- 1 bunch of spinach.
- Blend all the ingredients together and strain. Serve cold.
Tip: Eureka! I’ve always noticed cactus leaf in the store and wondered how, when, and why (ha) to prepare it.
To prepare; trim the “eyes,” to remove any remaining prickers, and outside edges of the pads with a vegetable peeler. Trim off any dry or fibrous areas and rinse thoroughly to remove any stray prickers and sticky fluid.
Cheers! Stay healthy my friends!