Your New Favorite Juice

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2019 was to include a daily green juice or smoothie into my diet. I had a lot of reasons behind wanting to do this. Firstly, I’m not as much into salads in the winter. I tend to crave heartier and warmer dishes, so this is a great way of supplementing my lack of daily salads during this season. Secondly, juices are  amazing  first thing in the morning for your body because it is, quite literally, a glass full of micronutrients. Juices (unlike smoothies) do not have fiber and therefore are extremely easy for your body to digest. Drinking a green juice first thing in the morning is great to wake up your digestive system and fuel your body adequately.   For way too long I though juices were too complicated or too messy to make on my own. I also thought you needed to own expensive equipment to make juice. Thankfully, I’m older, wiser, and healthier than ever before. To make a juice you simply need the fruits and veggies you want to include, a cutting board, a sharp knife, either a juicer or a blender, and a mesh strainer or nut milk bag. Chances are, you have all of this in your house already.

One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2019 was to include a daily green juice or smoothie into my diet. I had a lot of reasons behind wanting to do this. Firstly, I’m not as much into salads in the winter. I tend to crave heartier and warmer dishes, so this is a great way of supplementing my lack of daily salads during this season. Secondly, juices are amazing first thing in the morning for your body because it is, quite literally, a glass full of micronutrients. Juices (unlike smoothies) do not have fiber and therefore are extremely easy for your body to digest. Drinking a green juice first thing in the morning is great to wake up your digestive system and fuel your body adequately.

For way too long I though juices were too complicated or too messy to make on my own. I also thought you needed to own expensive equipment to make juice. Thankfully, I’m older, wiser, and healthier than ever before. To make a juice you simply need the fruits and veggies you want to include, a cutting board, a sharp knife, either a juicer or a blender, and a mesh strainer or nut milk bag. Chances are, you have all of this in your house already.

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For this particular juice, I included kale, spinach, cucumber, ginger, lemon, celery, apples, and oranges. To be specific, I used: 1/2 head of kale, 3 cups spinach, 1 whole cucumber, a 2” piece of ginger, 2 lemons, 1 head of celery, 4 apples, and 2 oranges. This amount makes for roughly 3 glasses of juice. The ginger and lemon really help to cut the bitterness from the greens and the fruit helps give it that sweet taste we all love. One important note here is that you do need to watch your sugar. Although we are juicing whole fruits, there is no fiber to help slow the absorption of that sugar in your bloodstream. The less fruit you add to your juice the better. However, I’m also a fan of enjoying my food, so I do add some apples and oranges. Just be weary of your veggies : fruit ratio.

If you are using a juicer, simply cut up your ingredients and put them through your juicer. If you are using a blender, blend your produce with some filtered water. No matter which method, I always strain my juice through a nut milk bag (can easily be found on Amazon). This makes for a super smooth juice by getting rid of the pulp. This step is a definite must if you blended your juice in the blender.

Another important note: if you are not using a slow masticating juicer, you will want to consume your juice the day you make it. A slow juicer will allow the preservation of enzymes and will keep all of its health benefits intact for up to 3 days. Otherwise, definitely drink up right after you make it!

I hope you all enjoy this green juice recipe as much as I do!