Have you jumped on the juicing bandwagon yet? I may be slow but I’m sure – and am still loving the juicing – I’m glad I made the jump!
My reason is simple – I want to provide the most nutrition through nutrient dense foods possible for my family’s health. With juicing, all the nutrients, the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyll, etc. of the fruits and veggies, are readily available for absorption – they are delivered much faster to your body in liquid form since the body doesn’t spend time breaking down the bulkier items like fiber.
I’m not just talking about nutrition either! The following Fresh Green Juice Drink recipe is delicious – if you are squeamish about drinking green, fear no more!
Green and Good
Green juice drinks can often be bitter. Bitter to the point of not being able to drink them – yuck! So what do you do – hold your nose and drink it anyway because they are good for you? That’s no fun! I don’t buy the saying “as long as it is good for you, it doesn’t matter how it tastes!” Healthy food can be good for you and good to you – just give this fresh green juice a try and I know you will agree!
Juicing is such an easy way to make sure you are getting lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet – you would have a hard time eating all the fruit and veggies that you can drink in one glass of juice! I gave you my favorite carrot juice recipe when I explained about my new Breville Juice Fountain Duo (available from my affiliate partner). The following Fresh Green Juice Drink recipe is another one of our favorites. Plus, like any juice recipe, it can be adjusted to fit whatever veggies you have in the fridge or what veggies are on sale.
After watching the video Fat Sick and Nearly Dead (affiliate link) by Joe Cross, even John was a believer in the power of juicing – giving your body the nutrients it needs to nourish, maintain and heal. It was like icing on the cake because we had just been talking about our diet and the one thing we both felt would make it better was adding more vegetables – talk about perfect timing, that video was it!
Hold the Spinach!
One green vegetable that I do not juice is spinach. Spinach is high in oxalic acid that contributes to one type of kidney stone – calcium oxalate stones. I experienced the excrutiating pain of kidney stones when we lived in Switzerland. During that time we had been eating spinach salads several times a week. But, it was not until later that spinach was more than likely the culprit. Oh, the pain! I am convinced that kidney stones are the closest a man can come to experiencing the pain of childbirth! So, I normally do not use spinach!
Don’t get stuck in a rut with your juicing. Experiment and be sure to have variety. After all, there are so many nutrient dense vegetables and fruits. each having their own make-up of vitamins and minerals, that eating a wide variety insures the best nutrition for your family. While this may sound expensive, there are at least 10 ways to save money juicing – tips I use to make sure juicing fits into our large family’s budget.
Fresh Green Juice Drink
Yield 4 cups
- 8 kale leaves
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 cucumber
- 2 apples - gala or granny smith
- 1/4 - 1/2 lemon
- 1/3 bunch parsley (about 1/2 cup)
- ginger, quarter size piece
- Wash all vegetables.
- Peel the ginger.
- Feed all ingredients through the juicer.
- Chill if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!