Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Liquid Sunshine (Green Juice)

Sorry to be annoying, but you need a juicer for this recipe and you need one that can juice greens. Good juicers are pricey, but I figured most chronic diseases are even more costly so a few years ago I decided to invest in my family's health and get a juicer. Everything I read always posits green juice as one of the most beneficial health foods. Greens just can't be beat, they are so jam packed with nutrients. Juicing is a delicious and easy way to get loads of greens into your diet. Some people complain about the taste of green juice, but if you ask me this tastes like summertime, warm breezes, sunshine, and happiness.

1 bunch of kale, collards or other dark green (warning: mustard greens are disgusting in this), about 10 leaves (you can juice the stems too)
4 ribs celery
1 whole lemon, peel and all
1 medium-small golden beet (or purple if you can't find golden), ends cut off but peel left on
1/2" piece of ginger, washed but not peeled
2 apples - peels, seeds and all

1) Juice all of the ingredients according to the directions for your juicer. I do mine in the order listed above and turn it from low to high for the beet, ginger and apples. Run the vegetables through slowly so you can extract the maximum amount of juice.

2) Stir, transfer to a glass, and enjoy.

This makes 1-2 servings and even kids like it!

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