A Simple Green Juice

With all this ebola going around, I feel as though it's a good time to focus on getting your daily vitamins and staying hydrated! And let's be honest, we all have a dusty juicer lounging around somewhere in our apartment just waiting to be used again. :P

So here, let's start with a simple green juice:

For this recipe you need:

2 Large Cucumbers

4 Stalks of Celery

5 Large Romaine lettuce leaves

3 Handfuls of Kale

2 Handfuls of Spinach

1-2 Lemons

As MUCH ginger as you can handle! (I say, the more the better!)

 

 Set up your station:

  1. Wash all of the produce including the lemon and ginger.
  2. Trim off the edges of the cucumber {if your cukes have any wax on them, take peeler and quickly skin them first}, cut off most of the lemon rinds, as well cut your ginger into two parts.
  3. Set up your juicer with a large bowl or gathering jar underneath its spout.
  4. Place a plastic bag into the juicer discard bin to make clean up even quicker. :)
  5. Wash your hands. :)

Let's Start Juicin'!

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  1. Place a chunk of ginger in the middle of a ball of kale. Using your hands to snowball the kale into a more compact ball.  
  2. Place a large romaine leaf into your palm upside down and wrap your leaf around the kale ball to hold it into place.
  3. Start by juicing your kale ball. Go slow and steady with your juicer. By putting loose greens into a package like this you are going to get much more of their juice. However, it's east to clog your juicer if you put too much pressure too fast. If your juicer starts to slow down, release and reapply pressure to pump the kale through.
  4. Next juice 1 cucumber.
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4  again with another bundle of kale and any leftover ginger.
  6. Repeat Steps 1-3 again with spinach and any leftover kale.
  7. Follow by juicing 2 celery Stalks.
  8. Juice the lemons.
  9. Finish by juicing the rest of the celery .

By alternating between softer and harder fruits and veggies you are going to be getting the best bang for your buck, and your juice! The water content in the cucumber and celery helps collect any vitamins and nutrients stuck in the basin of your juicer, helping you to create bigger and bolder flavors. 

*A Tip About Juicing*

"Drink your solids, Chew your Liquids."

Chewing is one of the most important parts of digesting food properly. When you chew, your body creates saliva which is then mixed in with the food you digest. While saliva is mostly water, it also contains enzymes designed to break down food and lubricate food through your system. Chewing your juice will help to do the same thing: help your body absorbe and digest as much as possible.  

Especially when you are starting to introduce something new into your diet like juicing, always start slow and chew away!  - When chewing your food, notice how many times you chew before you swallow. Most people only chew about 3-5 times before swallowing. Practice counting to 30 chews and notice all the different flavors and textures you encounter.  :)

Happy Juicing!

 

Try it out, and let me know what you think of this simple green juice recipe. :)

-Eoin Thomas


P.S. What's in this juice again?

Besides the obvious, this green juice is high in Chlorophyl, Vitamin A, Manganese, Magnesium Potassium, Sodium, Calcium, Iron, Sulfur, Phosphorus, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, and Vitamin C.     [In order from high to low] :) Drink up!

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