31 Aug 2014

GOOD MORNING, GREEN JUICE


Today's post is a delicious, easy recipe for green juice because I think many of us could use a bit more dark leafy greens in our diet. Obviously a lot of the people reading this (hey there, sexy) are already very interested and in control of their health. But at the same time, I know many of you are just starting out on a new journey to well-being, or maybe you're like me and have just been plain forgetting to eat/drink your greens lately. I used to LIVE for my green smoothies but lately I've been fruiting it up hard core, and have incidentally left the kale and spinach crying at the sidelines, asking "WHY DOESN'T SHE LOVE US ANYMORE!?" Don't fret, my dear leaves! I still care for you and your chlorophyl deeply. But I got kinda carried away with my fruit smoothies and high carb dinners of rice and sweet potatoes. I hadn't eaten a salad in months, and would only occasionally throw a handful of greens into my blender or stir-frys. Well, things are back on track now. I am again head over heels with salad, and I love the taste and colour of spinach in my smoothies. 


Dark leafy greens are SO important for long term health. You don't need huge amounts but a few cups everyday is going to make such a difference in all aspects of how you feel and how your system runs. Green leaves in your diet are basically amazing for every cell in your entire body (that's TRILLIONS of little hard-working universes). Honestly, I could write several books on the benefits of eating greens, but we have this handy thing called the world wide web, so I suggest you simply Google "benefits of dark leafy greens"! There are definitely whole books that have already been written on the subject, as well as countless articles. Besides, that little splash of green is an excellent garnish on any dish! Eat the rainbow! Let's get green and groovy. 

GLORIOUS GREEN JUICE

5 cups spinach
2 cups cilantro
1 green bell pepper
2 green apples
2 oranges
1 lemon
1-2 tablespoons ginger
1-2 garlic cloves
1 cucumber (optional) 

Wash, peel and chop the produce as needed. Put through your juicer, strain if desired, then sip up the splendidness (shh it's a word okay). Note: if you do not have a juicer, simply blend all the ingredients together, then strain through a sieve, cheese cloth or nut milk bag. Use the leftover pulp for crackers, breads, and more!

17 comments:

  1. I love green drinks! Green juice and green smoothies - though my green juices have a habit of turning purple (blueberries) LOL! I love spinach, but I have never liked it in my drinks. I generally go for the kale or romaine. I'll have to try your recipe :) and give spinach another try lol

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  2. How could I make crackers out of the pulp?

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  3. @Anonymous - just throw in the food processor with some flax seeds, corn and onion - add water until you get a pasty consistency. Bake or dehydrate, cut into crackers when pliable, then flip over and finish "baking" until they are crunchy or chewy :)

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  4. Cilantro sounds amazing Emily - never would have thought to add it!

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  5. i wouldn't make crackers out of this pulp, just because there are oranges and apples in it. It's best to just have veggie pulp for crackers....

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  6. Hey Em, are you still high-carb low-fat? You mentioned in an earlier post that it really helped your mood, is that still the case? I'd love to know the effects it's having as I just started 80/80/10 this week wooo! I'm doing it because I really want to get to my healthiest weight and improve my mood. Also it is of course your choice but for the record I vote that you continue to dress like a hippie - you're stylin in all your photos :)

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  7. Ooh yum- I LOVE using cilantro in juices and smoothies- it adds such a great "brightness" in flavor!

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  8. @Anonymous - haha thank you :) Yep I still eat mostly 80/10/10 :) All fruit all day, dinner of baked or steamed veggies, and a handful of nuts, an avocado, or some coconut every day too!

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  9. Gorgeous!!! Can't wait to make, thank you :)

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  10. Great recipe! :-) This summer I've been juicing a lot and now I'm a super fan of green juices and healthy smoothies.

    Will try this one cause I've never added peppers to my juices recipes.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. Looks tasty, you should add some blueberries to that recipe, can never go wrong with blueberries =D

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  12. How much juice does the recipe make?

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  13. @Anonymous - enough for me :) a couple cups.

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  15. After something like a week of drinking the Green drink I started to feel a radical change in my physique. Yet I had a feeling that I was getting a bit down from the stuff. Later I discovered that its an indication of detoxification. The detox got so terrible that I was pretty wiped out for something like 3 days.

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  16. Thanks for sharing. I'm not vegan, but I eat more vegetables, especially Spinach, more than fish or chicken. Also, becoming lactose intolerant and turning to Almond milk has changed my dairy intake. Looks simply delish!

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