There’s a lot of juicing going on this time of year. It’s probably due to New Year’s resolutions and all the accompanying cleansing regimens on the market. While I’m not doing any fasting or cleansing, I am immersed in juicing.
I’ve had my juicer for over a year now, and I didn’t really use it on a regular basis until recently. I had trouble deciding if it was really a good idea to strip most of the fiber out of my food. After all, I don’t have trouble digesting fiber or raw vegetables and fruits. And then one morning I made a green lemon juice. I imagined my body being bathed in a shot of alkalizing green goodness. The brilliant green tart sweet liquid was a welcome wake-up.
So I’m totally hooked on juicing greens for a morning boost and as a regular attempt to pry as many nutrients into my blood stream as possible. Green juice does that and it’s goes great with a morning muffin or an afternoon snack.
The recipe in this post is my simple go-to green juice. I try to have one of each of these ingredient groups on hand at the same time to complete the recipe:
- small bunch of greens (usually kale, spinach, parsley, or a mixture of super food salad greens)
- one juicable sweet fruit (apple or pear)
- one lemon or lime
Usually it’s about 4 big kale stalks, 1/2 a lemon or lime, and an apple or pear. You can probabaly add on a bunch of your favorite veggies and fruits, but for simplicity’s sake, I usually go with this recipe.
My juicer is the Breville Juice Fountain Multi-Speed—a good middle-of-the road juicer that adjusts to a variety of veggies and fruits. I use the same setting all the time, but it’s nice to know it’s adjustable. My favorite part about this juicer is that it’s easy to clean. I just make sure to rinse the washable parts with warm soap water soon after I make the juice. There are tons of juicer reviews online, so do a bit of research before you invest.
If you’re not sure about making this investment, try blending first. Here’s a green juice recipe to try. You can blend the ingredients in this recipe with some additional water, and then strain out the large pieces. This will give you a pretty good idea of what drinking just the juice portion is all about. The nice thing about juicing versus blending is that the juice is more readily digestable, which is a big plus for folks who have any kind of digestive impairment. You may want to avoid the tartness of the lemon and lime initially to avoid irritating your digestive system if you’re experiencing any discomfort or sensitivity.
I also recommend using organic veggies and fruits for juicing since you’re adding almost the whole enchilada, including the skin in most cases. I say almost because there are a few things I do to remove bitterness from my green juice:
- cut out the apple core, which contains the bitter seeds (the seeds contain a small amount of cyanide compound)
- peel the yellow skin off of the lemon, which is often bitter (except when using Meyer lemons), or zest it with a microplane zester and save the zest for another recipe (seal and store it in the refrigerator for a week or so)
To see some great health triumphs accomplished with juicing, watch this inspiring movie entitled “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” by Joe Cross, which you can stream from a number of Internet sites.
Simple Green JuiceIf you’re pressed for time in the morning, make the juice the night before and give it a shake the next morning. While it’s best when freshly made, it’s still a great nutritional boost the next morning. Sometimes I make a bigger batch and sip it throughout the day. If you’re finding this is a bit too tart, reduce the lemon to just 1/4 or add another small apple or pear.
- 1 small bunch of kale (about 4 large stalks; I use Dino kale)
- 1 large apple or pear, cut up (remove small core with seeds)
- 1/2 of a lemon or lime (peel the lemon’s yellow skin unless it’s a Meyer lemon or other mild lemon; I don’t peel the lime)
- Place the prepared veggies and fruits into your juicer in batches.
- Add an ice cube or two if you want it a bit chilled and then enjoy!
Makes one serving