After all the Easter feasting and indulging in chocolates this week, I’m sure many of us are thinking a little detox is in order. I know I am (especially after watching the free online screening of the amazing documentary Hungry For Change.)
Enter the lovely green juice.
I know what you’re thinking. Green juice can look scary. Before I tried it myself, I used to imagine it tasting like grass or lawn clippings since it looked, well, green.
But I’ve learned while experimenting with juicing it’s simply a fine balance of flavours: sour, sweet, watery, pungent. Some veggies, like cucumbers and celery, do a great job calming the intensity of raw greens. Fruits like apples and pears help to balance out sourness from lemons or limes. When you get the mixture just right, it’s a deliciously refreshing beverage that delivers nutrients straight to your cells.
This juice is extremely alkalinizing to the body (thanks especially to the lemons/limes), which helps to reduce inflammation and prevent the development of diseases. As one of my favourite wellness warriors, Kris Carr, says here, eating foods that contain alkalinizing minerals helps your to body buffer its blood and help maintain its optimal pH (ideally above 7). Parsley and cilantro are jammed with chlorophyll and are potent detoxifiers. Cucumber and celery are extremely hydrating to the body and help your body to eliminate the toxins. Easter belly, be gone!
The benefit of this juice is that you can save the tough stems of greens like collards or herbs like parsley or cilantro that would normally get composted and juice them! I hate wasting food, especially when it’s so nutrient dense, and this is a great way to get the most out of every part.
TIP: Although I am happy with my current juicer (mine is a Breville Juice Fountain), it’s certainly not the best on the market and it doesn’t do the best job with leafy greens. However, if you know how to “sandwich” your leafy greens between sturdier items like apples or celery, it should juice just fine. You definitely don’t need to spend a fortune to enjoy the benefits of juicing. 🙂
Oh My Green Goodness! Juice
- 1 organic Granny Smith apple, quartered
- 2 limes or 1 lemon, peeled
- 3 ribs organic celery
- 1/3 organic cucumber
- stems of organic collard greens/kale
- small handful of organic cilantro or parsley (or the stems)
- small piece of ginger (about half the size of your thumb)
- Juice the above ingredients together. Remember: to get as much green goodness out of your plants, sandwich the cilantro and parsley in between slices of apple or celery instead of juicing them on their own.
- Drink up ASAP and prepare to be thanked by your body!