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Fresh Juices Recipe

Green Juice for Health

A daily juicing routine takes a bit of a commitment — I won’t lie. And if I’m being truly honest here? There are occasional days where I am too busy or too lazy and don’t feel like being bothered with it. That said, I always, inevitably, return to the juice.

Green juice quickly becomes something your body craves and, in my experience, legitimately uses to boost your immunity. Case in point: if I feel even the slightest hint of a sore throat or cold coming on, I increase my green juice intake and ramp up the lemon and ginger content. One good night’s sleep later and I am right as rain. In fact, this winter was the first of my entire adulthood during which I wasn’t dealing with some mild form of plague and off work sick for at least a week or two.*

Green Juice
Photograph by Breville (CC)

A good juicer can be expensive and it is kind of a pain to clean, however, the benefits that come with drinking fresh green juice on a daily basis are certainly more than worth it. Sam and I are so into our smoothie and juicing routines that we have even begun taking both our blender and juicer with us when travelling.

*In addition to drinking green juice, I take nutritional supplements twice daily and follow the health advice provided by my naturopath and family physician.

Daily Green Juice

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 whole English cucumber, with peel
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 3 leaves of kale, with stalks
  • 1/2 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger root**
  • 3 leaves of kale, with stalks
  • 1 small lemon, with peel
  • 2-3 apples, any type, with peel
  • 2 stalks of celery

**Thumb-sized: the length of your thumb from the joint to the tip, approximately 1 inch by 1.5 inches.

DIRECTIONS: Wash all ingredients thoroughly and cut into smaller pieces. Push ingredients, one at time, through juicer chute in the order listed above. Makes 2 to 3 servings. Can refrigerate leftover juice in a sealed glass jar, but should be consumed within 24 hours. Best served fresh.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Click here for the breakdown and more information about phytonutrients. Click here to view disclaimer.

 

    Kitchen Notes
  • The ginger packs a bit of heat; the apples balance out the kale and lemon nicely.
  • Once you figure out how to assemble, disassembly and clean the juicer, it’s pretty easy.
  • A good quality juicer is vital to getting all the liquid out of your produce and leaving behind a dryer pulp. (Do your research and get the best one you can afford. We went with Breville for all of our kitchen appliances, including our juicer and our blender.)
  • Suggestion: Wrap each piece of lemon in a kale leaf before sending it down the juicer’s chute to prevent high-powered splash-back.
  • Source: Based on a recipe called the “Mean Green” by Joe Cross from Reboot with Joe

 

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