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Addicted to Juice

23 Jan

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I admit, I’m addicted to juice. Not orange juice, not grapefruit juice, not any that comes out of a carton (Happy Planet Extreme Green is the exception) but fresh healthy juice that’s more veggie than fruit (3:1). I had my first taste, loved it, but refuse to pay $5-7 for a 8-10oz serving so I decided to make my own. It’s so cheap when you buy fresh produce and it comes out to $2 a serving. I invested in the “Rolls Royce” of juicers, the Breville Juice Fountain Elite which produces 30% more juice – truth, as the pulp comes out almost dry, can juice whole fruits and veggies with it’s 1000watt motor so you don’t have to cut them up, and clean up is 3 minutes.

Typically the guidelines for making green juice is 60% dark green leafy vegetables and 40% other vegetables/fruits.  You can try variations of any of the green recipes until you find one that suits your needs and tastes.  For a juice cleanse you’ll drink approximately 4 x 16-20 ounce drinks per day.  If  you are making a whole day’s worth of juice at one time, keep the extra juice in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.

Juice is the first thing that goes into my tummy in the morning (no more coffee!) and the last thing I crave before going to bed. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better, healthier and get addicted too!

Red Juice (makes 16-18oz or 2 glasses)

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  • 1 beet
  • 1 med carrot
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 stalks kale (more or less)
  • 2-3 small gala apples
  • 1/4 to 1/2 lime
  • 1″ ginger (optional – I’ll put it in if I need a spicy immune booster)

Juice the beets and carrots first, then the rest of the fruits and veggies. If you save the beets for last and if you get it on your countertop, cutting board, or anything it will stain!!! So juice the beets, carrots and kale first, then the celery and apples so it will rinse the beet juice out of the juicer.

Optional to mix some cayenne (if you didn’t add the ginger and substitute lime for lemon) to kickstart your metabolism.

Green Juice

  • 1 cup tightly packed kale
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 1/2 pears, cut into large pieces
  • 1″ piece of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and pith removed

Juice everything into a glass, being sure to alternate the kale with the other ingredients to help it get through the juicer easily (I follow each small bit of kale with a celery stalk).

Mean Green Juice (Original)

This is the official recipe used by Joe Cross and Phil Staples according to the Reboot Program as featured in the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

  • 6 Kale Leaves
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 2 Green Apples
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 piece of ginger

Mean Green Juice #2

  • handful spinach
  • 3 stalks of kale
  • 2 golden delicious apples
  • small handful parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber

Mean Green Juice #3

  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 lemon
  • small piece ginger
  • 1/2 green chard leaf
  • bunch cilantro
  • 5 kale leaves
  • handful spinach

Mean Green Juice #4

  • 1/2 pear
  • 1/2 green apple
  • handful spinach
  • handful parsley
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • small piece ginger
  • slice of papaya

NOTES FOR MAKING JUICE

  • peel or slice off lemon rind leaving some of the white pith *** I like to use Meyer Lemons for it’s thin rind so I don’t have to do this step***
  • to juice small leaves such as parsley and cilantro, roll them up into a ball to compact the leaves
  • wash all vegetables and fruits before making juice
  • buy organic if possible