Green Juice : The Power of Green

by Sally on January 28, 2013 · 5 comments

in Beverages, The Daniel Plan, Vegetables

Green juice

With a new juicer in my kitchen, I’ve been concocting all kinds of healthy juice recipes. They taste fantastic and are loaded with nutrition. Here’s the recipe for my favorite green vegetable and fruit juice. I call it the Green Blast, because you get a blast of nutrition and flavor when you drink one. It’s the power of green.

The Key to Health: Fruits and Vegetables

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is key to achieving and maintaining optimal health while reducing the risk for many diseases.  Eating whole fruits and vegetables is best, because you get the fiber. But consuming enough fruits and vegetables daily can be challenging. Juicing is an easy way to add powerful, plant-based nutrition to your diet.

Juicing: An Addition, Not Replacement

Juicing does not replace whole fruits and vegetables in our diet, but augments them. Think of juicing as a boost for our digestive health, immune systems and more. Juicing provides liquid nutrients that are quickly absorbed by our body,  so you still need to get enough fiber in your diet by eating whole fruits and vegetables.

Natures Pharmacy

Fruits and vegetables are like natures pharmacy. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and are powerful tools in fighting disease. We can’t get enough of them. Use juicing to boost your fruit and vegetable intake.

As I researched the nutritional benefit of each ingredient in this recipe I was amazed by what I found. This fruit and vegetable juice:

  • Helps our bodies to flush out environmental toxins from pesticides, heavy metals, and air pollution
  • Are packed with vitamin C, which is detoxifying and cleansing
  • Provide antioxidants like vitamin C and K, and trace minerals such as manganese, which improve circulation, support digestive, cardiovascular health, enhance brain function, and reduce the negative effects of stress
  • Provide anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Are anti-aging (and don’t we all want this)
  • Boost energy
  • loaded with antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and anti-cancer nutrients.

Juicing at Home

Some commercial juices contain added sugar and preservatives, so when you make juices at home you are getting the best for your body. Be sure to make it then drink it right away. If it sits some of the nutritional power will be lost.

Juicing Versus Blending

Juicing and blending are both good, they’re just different. I do both. See what works best for you. I use my Vitamix blender each morning for smoothies and for pureeing soups, etc. For more information on juicing versus blending read this. After some research, I decided on a Breville Elite Juice Fountain and have been really happy with it. Green juice

Health note – This recipe uses raw kale. If you have thyroid issues, check with your health practitioner about eating raw kale. Using lightly steamed kale may be better. If you don’t have thyroid issues, enjoy the power of this green juice recipe. It’s super healthy.

Green Juice : The Power of Green

Loaded with fresh fruits and vegetables, this nutrition-packed green juice provides a load of vitamin C, K, manganese, phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients and anti-disease nutrients. I use organic produce for my juices to reduce the pesticide load and use a Breville Elite Juice Fountain.

Yield: about 1 quart (1 liter)

Servings: 2-4 (for us it’s 2)

Ingredients

  • 1 green pear (or green apple)
  • 4 Persian cucumbers (or one large cucumber)
  • 4 large celery ribs
  • 8 large leafs of green kale
  • 1-2 small lemons (I use Meyer)
  • 1/2 small bunch cilantro
  • 1-2 kiwi
  1. Wash all produce well. Process your fruits and vegetables according to the directions of the manufacturer of your juicer. I use Meyer lemons, which are thin skinned, so I do not peel them. If you use regular lemons, you should probably peel them first.
  2. Whisk your juice together if needed to incorporate all of the juices and enjoy immediately for optimal nutrition.

References and Helpful Links

After researching what juicer to buy, I chose the Breville Elite Fountain juicer and love it.

About phytonutrients from WebMD and VitaMedica

Best Detox Fruits and Vegetables

Top 10 Reasons to Juice

All about kale. And type any other ingredient into the search box for terrific information from The Worlds Healthiest Foods.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jan January 28, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I so agree with you I juice as well and believe me I feel the dif. I have RA and it has been a major help. Unfortunately my Rheumatolgist says food doesn’t improve the illness, I beg to differ. I hope we see more recipes to come. Thank you!

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2 Sally January 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Thanks Jan, I’m working on a red juice recipe with beet, orange, carrot, etc. Hope to have that out too! We agree and are loving our fresh juices! Hope it helps your condition. Food is medicine!

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3 Debbie January 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm

We bought a Hurom masticating juicer for ourselves before Christmas and we’ve been juicing ever since. One of our favorite things to add to any juice is raw ginger. We love the heat/spice it gives.

If you have an Android phone, there is a great app for juicing called Juice Rx. The basic app is free, but you can upgrade it for just a couple bucks and that is well worth it. It gives you a searchable database of juice recipes by ingredient or what ails you. In other words, you can search “migraines” and up will pop recipes that are supposed to help with that condition. You can do a search with “spinach” and you’ll get all the recipes that have spinach in them, and the recipes include the caloric count, as well.

Happy juicing! :-)

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4 Sally January 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Hi Debbie. Ginger is very cleansing and good for you too. Sometimes I add ginger as well. Will have to look up that app. Thanks!

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5 Madonna January 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

My family was just discussing how we think food is medicine. I did not know raw kale and thyroid were related. I just found out that soy and thyroid can be an issue, and now kale.

On a more trivial not, those juice glasses are beautiful. Would you share where we can buy them? I have been taking note that when I serve something in a beautiful dish everyone thinks is taste better lol.

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