In Ania Makes and Bakes, freshmen Ania Rojek explores the wondrous world of cooking in her Butt C kitchen.

One thing I really miss from home is…my juicer!  Where will I make deliciously healthy drinks that make me smile everyday? Thanks to Ari’s previous post, now I know It’s Only Natural has a juice bar!  Still, I like making my own juices, and as disgusting as it might sound to some, my kale juice really hits the spot in the morning. It’s one of those things that when you drink it, you know every sip is helping your body.  Plus, it’s a great alternative to all those desserts I just can’t help but bake all the time!

On my last visit to WesShop, I spotted the leafy green vegetable in the produce section. Aside from its cancer fighting properties, this hardy, curled leaf has so many nutrients. Not convinced yet? Read this!

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Kale Juice

Ingredients:

  1. Two green apples
  2. 1 pear
  3. 1 whole lemon squeezed
  4. 1 bundle of Kale

Directions:

  1. Place the kale in the juicer or blender first.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients. You won’t taste the “grassiness” of the kale if you add all the other ingredients in the first step.

This amount usually makes 3 servings. So spread the health and give a glass to a friend.

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FUN FACT:  If you have a blender, you can use a strainer to make juice. Don’t throw out the leftover pulp! Instead follow this recipe to make pulp crackers.

Pulp Crackers

Ingredients:

  1. 2 2/3 cup pulp from juice
  2. 1/2 cup flax meal (or chia seeds)
  3. 1 cup water
  4. optional: spices of your choice or nutritional yeast

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Put the pulp, water, and flax (or chia seeds) in a bowl.
  3. Add in your favorite spices or additions and mix well.
  4. Spread the mixture onto a cookie sheet (thinly) and place it in the oven.
  5. Bake in oven until desired texture and crispness is achieved.
  6. Place on salad, or use as gluten free bread!

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Lastly, I’d love to get some suggestions on what brand of blender/juicer is dorm friendly, relatively cheap, and won’t break after the first use? Any ideas?

- Ania ‘16