When I drink a green juice, I feel energized, light, and vibrant! I don't juice every day, but when I do, I say "I wish I did this every day." Can you relate? Let's both just promise right now that we'll start juicing more, and flooding our bodies with nutrients, OK?
When juicing, I make sure to follow these guidelines:
1. Everything must be organically grown - if it's not, what's the point?
2. Include a lot of leafy greens - more than I could eat in a day - romaine, kale, spinach, lettuce, parsley, dandelion greens, etc.
3. Fill with mostly veggies, and little to no fruit - I love fruit, but I'd rather eat it in whole form with the blood-sugar balancing fiber
4. Use "juicy" water-rich veggies such as cucumber, celery, and carrot to add volume as well as additional benefits to the juice
This is pretty much my go-to juice, and I switch up the greens as often as possible. For this one, I used one of three giant heads of romaine we got from our CSA this week. The romaine has a subtle flavor and contains a lot of water, so it was a perfect choice.
Note: If you're a green juice beginner, you may want to add more apple or a few pieces of pineapple. If you're not sure about the ginger, start small. Once you develop a taste for green juice, you can start upping the veggies and decreasing the fruit.
My Favorite Green Juice
makes about 5 cups
1 head romaine
10 stalks celery
2 green apples (any apple is fine, but green has lower sugar)
handful of parsley
1 knob ginger (mine was about the size of a golf ball)
1 lemon (juice separately, or peel first)
You can use any juicer you've got to make this. Mine is an Omega J8006 and I love it!
Did you know you can even juice without a blender? Simply blend all of the ingredients (you may need to add a bit of water) until liquefied, then strain using a nut milk bag.