Erika Ehmsen

Can daily juicing with superfoods change your life? So claims the cookbook that came with my new blender and the powdered supplements in my pantry.


Who: Erika Ehmsen, Managing Editor of Sunset’s Digital Editions (for your iPad, Android, etc.).

This year, I’m determined to: Hop on the juicing bandwagon. And to pack superfoods like spinach and goji berries into each freshly blended fruit-and-veggie concoction.

I chose this because: I need to kick my bar habit. Not my nighttime one. My daily intake of a gooey, nutty, chocolate-glazed breakfast bar. Yes, daily. I've been feeling rundown and was recently diagnosed with vitamin D and iron deficiencies, so I clearly need to change up my diet, starting with my breakfast routine.

My biggest obstacle: Time is not on my side. On weekday mornings, my new juicing habit may be doomed if I don’t chop and measure all ingredients the night before.

My biggest temptation to cheat: I have a whole drawer full of KIND bars, which pack some protein, resemble real food, and don’t require any prep work.

Coping mechanisms: Friends who know what they’re doing. I’m leaning on coworkers who don’t count calories yet swear by their NutriBullets (I just bought one, basically for the convenience of blending in a to-go cup) plus my super-crunchy friend in Portland who is on a superfood-smoothies kick.

I’m feeling: Exhausted and unprepared, having started this new habit on New Year’s Day after a sangria-fueled New Year’s Eve spent dancing in that other kind of bar. (Wince.) I didn’t crack open any juicing cookbooks ahead of time, and I don’t have any raw spinach or other leafy greens (which most new-age juicing recipes call for). At least I have a juicer and some browning bananas on my counter. And a pantry with honey, dates, raw almonds, coconut water … and chia, goji berries, and cacao beans (don’t laugh; these were post-Portland-visit superfood-indoctrination purchases).

A recipe I’m really digging:

The Not-Bad* New Year’s Day Smoothie

(*As pronounced by my husband, who doesn’t believe that daily juicing can be tasty or practical. This recipe was inspired by David Wolfe's Best Day Ever Blast.)

  • 1 large or 2 small ripe bananas, peeled
  • 18 raw almonds
  • 5 pitted dates
  • 6 cacao beans
  • Small handful of goji berries
  • 2 Tbsp. honey and a pinch of cinnamon (I used cinnamon spun honey from San Marcos Farms)
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut water
  • 3/4 cup ice (if desired)
  • 1 tsp. each chia and ground flaxseed (if desired)

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender (a Large cup if you’re using a NutriBullet).
  2. Pulse for 45 seconds, then check to make sure dates and goji berries have been fully puréed (pulse a bit longer if they are still chunky).
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