It’s not unusual to see me chugging a green juice as I check students in to class each day. My green juice makes me feel great, supplies me with the nutrients I need to teach and take class, and is part of my daily food intake. Each week at least 2 or 3 students ask me what’s in it or if I juice everyday and how do I have time for it as juicers are known to take forever to clean, so I thought I’d put everything down here this week in order for you to understand the method to my juicing madness.
What’s in it?
A big handful of spinach or 3-4 stalks of kale. You need to rotate your greens in your juice each week to prevent the build up of oxalic acid which can affect your thyroid gland. (There is such a thing as too much of a good thing.) Kale is known as a superfood. It provides the body with vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, Iron, has shown anti-cancer properties, helps lower cholesterol levels, has an alkalizing effect on the body, aids in detoxification, is high in chlorophyll, and purifies the blood. Spinach on the other hand provides the body with vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and is a rich source of manganese which helps protect cells from damage and aids the body in breaking down carbohydrates and proteins, as well as, aiding in cartilage and bone health.
1 Cucumber (peeled). Cucumber contains silica, an ingredient that boosts moisture and elasticity. It is also extremely hydrating.
1 Lemon (peeled). The acidity of the lemon cuts that kale taste that I don’t like, but lemons are also an incredible source of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folate, flavonoids, and limonene. Limonene has anti-cancer benefits and helps to increase the level of enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens.
2-3 Stalks of Celery. Another hydrating food, great for Bikram Yogis, and also, like cucumber, contains silica which is great for the skin. It is also high in phytonutrients which provide anti-inflammatory properties.
1 Pear. Pears are an excellent source in water-soluble fiber. They contain vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E and are also rich in copper, phosphorus, and potassium.
1-2 Apples. It all depends on the size of the apple. If they are smaller you might want to put two into the mix. I prefer Granny Smith or Golden Delicious, but it’s all what you prefer. Apples are a great source of super antioxidants, such as polyphenol and flavonoids, that are great for your heart. They are also high in potassium and contain vitamin C, iron, and boron.
My husband and I have tried literally tons of juice recipes and this is by far our favorite. I usually drink it in the morning, but if I’m teaching before I take class I like to get it into my system before I hit the hot room to keep my tummy from rumbling during Spine Strengthening Series of that second class. It’s hydrating and full of everything I need to feel great on the podium, as well as, when I’m sweating it out on the mat.
Do I juice everyday?
Pretty much. At least 5 days a week. I do double this recipe and make two servings at once as my husband uses it as part of his lunch during the week and on the weekends I usually drink both servings. I store the juice in Ball Jars and keep it refrigerated. If you do not drink the juice within 48-hours please throw it out and make a fresh juice.
Does it take a lot of time to juice everyday?
Absolutely not. I have it down to 15-minutes total from the time I set the juicer up to the time the last dish is washed. It’s all about having a system. I normally put the kale or spinach through the juicer first and then get the rest of the fruits and veggies ready, washing and peeling as needed. As each fruit and veggie becomes prepped I then put them all in a large bowl and juice everything else at once.
When you first start to juice it might take some time to come up with a streamlined process, but as it becomes part of your everyday routine you find ways to speed it up.
Always make sure to make sure each part of the juicer is as clean as possible. I found this great tutorial for the juicer I use, the Breville Multi-Speed Juice Fountain, and it’s very close to my clean-up process.
Do you juice? What’s your favorite recipe and why?