Thursday, March 8, 2012

green juice at home

Ever since I tried the Blue Print Cleanse a few months back, I've become mildly obsessed with green juice (a mixture of various greens, vegetables, and fruit juice). We bought a juicer a few weeks ago, and I've played around with my own ratios for the green juice recipe and am really happy with the results.

The juice is a great breakfast alternative or a fabulous pick-me-up during the day. I swear, after I drink one, I feel infinitely more energized.

Just a note: The recipe below makes about 2.5-3 servings. We keeps ours in a tightly covered container in the fridge to avoid oxidation and are comfortable drinking it within 48 hours. Some people claim you should drink your green juice within the day. I encourage you to do your own research on that one.

Green Juice
(makes about 40 ounces)

1 bag spinach (about 5 cups)
1 bag kale (about 5 cups)
3 romaine leafs
1 hothouse cucumber
about 7 sprigs of parsley
Juice of 2 lemons
6 small green apples, quartered
6 ribs of celery, trimmed

Make sure all of the ingredients are properly cleaned and trimmed.

Squeeze the juice of the lemons into the juicer container (whatever vessel catches the juice). Following the instructions of your juicer, juice all the ingredients. I find it works best to use some of the rougher, larger ingredients (like the celery and apples) to help push the softer ingredients (like the kale, spinach, and parsley) through the machine.

You'll notice some separation in the juice, which is completely normal. Just stir and enjoy!

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