From the kitchen: Green Juice No. 1
Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. Evan and I just finished a 3-day juice cleanse, so I thought I’d share some of our favorite juices with you. We found the cleanse to be quite trying. I’m not sure we’ll do it again, but we love juicing and we’ll continue to replace a meal here and there with fresh squeezed super foods a few times per week. It’s a really easy way to get fruits and veggies in you and you’d be surprised how delicious a fresh squeezed green juice can be. The trick to green juice is balancing out the iron-rich flavors with a little sweetness or tartness, or both. Produce like apples, carrots, and citrus fruits help a whole lot. What we’ve normally done in the past with green juice, was grabbed a handful of this, a couple leaves of that and a little bit of something sweet. Then, we’d pop it into our juicer and test it out. If it need more sweet, we’d add another piece of fruit. If it was too sweet, we’d add a little more green. We never really followed a recipe. We know what greens are good for us and even without research, we figured the fruit was really only there to make the greens easier to drink, so we’ve always added fruit in moderation. For our cleanse however, we followed the 3-day plan here, which I discovered here last week and it was really great to have actual recipes with proper portions to work from. I know green juice can be scary, but this recipe will surprise you. I promise.
Green Juice No. 1 (adapted from Reboot with Joe)
Makes 16-18 oz. of juice depending on the size of your produce. (note: this was one serving on the cleanse plan, but if you’re supplementing a meal, I recommend drinking about 8oz.)
2 Apples (any)
3 cups spinach
6-8 leaves Swiss chard
4 celery stalks
1/2 fennel bulb
1/2 cara cara orange
Wash all of your produce very well. I do this by spraying my fruits and veggies with a homemade wash of vinegar, water and baking soda, let them sit for 5 or so minutes and rinse well. Cut everything into pieces that your juicer can handle. Follow your juicer’s instructions for use, and juice away! Serve over ice and enjoy!
(P.S. Evan prefers his juices without ice but I love them with so find what you like best and stick to that. Also, I found sipping through a straw helped me get through my liquid meals.)