• Green Juice

    By Jeri Mobley-Arias

    Kick your morning off with this delicious and highly nutritious green juice–it’s refreshing and has the perfect balance of sweet and earthiness.

    • Why do I drink green juice?

      I try to start my morning off with something fresh in the morning. It doesn’t always happen, because, well, life–but days when I do have this green goodness.

      Maximize nutrient intake: I do not subscribe to diets ot rely on juice as a meal substitute. I try to consume as much raw produce as I can, and sometimes, comsuming a large bowl of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis isn't feasibly, so I maximize my nutrient intake by way of juicing.

      Extra boost of energy: Days when I drink juice, I feel like I have an extra jolt of energy. I feel more alert and my senses are slightly heightened.

      When is the best time to consume fresh juice?

      I enjoy drinking juice first thing in the morning, after first having a glass of water as a friendly “wake up” to my digestive system.

      Starting your day off with a serving of fresh-pressed juice fuels your body with a multitude of nutrients. Break your fast (since having dinner) Swith something highly nutritious such as juice–it's like liquid gold for your digestive system to absorb.

      What is green juice?

      This green juice recipe is simple to make and yields high on the tasty radar. With this recipe, your juice yield will be roughly 16 ounces, enough for one serving or shared. With just these 7 ingredients, you’ll be on your way to drinking freshness.

      • Dinosaur Kale Also known as Lacinato Kale is less bitter than other varietals of kale and earthier in flavor. It’s high in vitamin C and aids in reducing free radicals in the body;
      • Persian Cucumber Love this varietal of cucumber as they have a slight sweetness to them;
      • Honeycrisp apple Sweet and well-rounded–love honeycrisp apples;
      • Granny smith apple Tart and citrusy in flavor;
      • Ginger A true powerhouse. Known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits (amongst so many more benefits) this will add a little zing in flavor;
      • Lemon Adding a bright, citrusy bite and a good dose of vitamin C;
      • Celery Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits and adds a balance in flavor;
      To Juice or to Blend?

      Ahh, yes, the infamous, “which is better, juicing or blending your vegetables” conundrum? My simple answer: it’s all based on personal preference. Here’s my breakdown:

      Juicing is a great option for those who want to maximize their nutrient intake and perhaps cannot ingest 5 pounds of fruits and vegetables in one sitting.

      You see, juicing is great for that reason; you can get all of the nutrients from the same 5 pounds of produce by way of drinking it in a truncated form of 16 ounces of liquid goodness.

      Now, some might ask, “But wait–what about all the fiber??” I’ll go into that next.

      Blending (or smoothies) is great for those who want all the nutrients from chosen produce AND the fiber. Fiber is fabulous; it keeps things “moving” in your digestive tract, aiding in regularity and also provides satiety, also known as “that full feeling”, keeping you satiated until your next meal.

      Keep in mind that if you opt to make a smoothie, you won’t be able to blend that same 5 pounds of produce and consume it all. The pulp that would have been separated if you made a juice is now suspended in the blended juice.

      So it all goes back to personal preference. Personally, I like to switch it up–smoothie one day, juicing the following day.

      Another option: when I juice and am in the mood for a little texture, I’ll introduce some of the pulp back to the juice, give it a good stir and drink up.

      Leftover pulp uses

      Rather than discard waste it, my two favorite uses for pulp are:

      1. Save it for compost–your garden will love you for this!
      2. Make vegetable broth.
      How to make green juice

      You’re just a few steps aways from having your own green liquid goodness. Here’s the rundown:

      1. Rinse produce, freeing it of any debris.
      2. Cut produce into pieces that are appropriate for your juicer. If you’re juicer can only handle small pieces, be sure to cut them as such. This will eliminate hiccups and jamming while juicing.
      3. Process produce through the juicer.
      4. Give it a good stir and that’s it–enjoy!
      Drinking juice: the sooner the better

      My philosophy is to drink the juice within 15 minutes of juicing to get the maximum benefits from the nutrients. I don’t typically make juice and drink it hours later.

      However, it you’re planning to make enough juice for the day, keep it in a glass jar and filled to the brim with juice. Leaving too much space in the jar allows for more airflow and will trigger the oxidation process–a no-no for juice enzymes. Always keep juice refrigerated.

      Below are a few other tips for shelf-life and differences in juicing machines:

      The difference in juicer machines

      Centrifuge juicers are great at extracting juice, however, the way in which it processes juice cuts into the shelf life.

      Centrifuge juicers introduce heat into the juice and increase the oxidation process, which can denature enzymes–those enzymes are the nutrients we rely on to give when making juice.This process shortens the juice shelf life to about 24-hours.

      Masticating juicers–think slow grinding–processes juice at a slower rate, but does not introduce heat to the juice enzymes, thus prolongs shelf-life–up to 48 hours (although I recommend consuming juice within 24 hours). If you’re in the market to buy a juicer, opt for one that’s a masticator.

      Hope you love this green juice as much as we do!

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  • Green Juice

    By Jeri Mobley-Arias

    Kick your morning off with this delicious and highly nutritious green juice–it’s refreshing and has the perfect balance of sweet and earthiness.

    • Total Time:
      15 minutes
    • Servings:
      ~16 ounces

    Ingredients

    • 1 large bunch dinosaur kale
    • 1 large English cucumber, quartered
    • 1 honeycrisp apple, quartered
    • 2 granny smith apples, quartered
    • 1 1-inch knob ginger, halved
    • 1 lemon, skin removed, quartered
    • 2 sticks celery
    1. Incrementally add fruits and vegetables to juices.
    2. Strain (if needed) and consume immediately. Enjoy.

    Instructions

    Kick your morning off with this delicious and highly nutritious green juice–it’s refreshing and has the perfect balance of sweet and earthiness.