I love my juicer. It’s one of my favorite possessions, alongside my yoga mat and big tea mug. There is nothing quite like coming home with a big bag of vegetables, (especially in the summer when said vegetables are from the farmers’ market) and whipping up a fresh batch of juice. I love the smell, the taste, the freshness and most of all, the way that it makes me feel. I get such an energy boost from having a nice, tall glass of juice in the morning. It’s a perfect way to start the day.
Despite my love for fresh green juice, there were two things that were keeping me from having juice in my life on a daily basis. Those things were (1) time – you fellow juicers know it takes a long time to juice and clean the juicer and (2) guilt about throwing away all that juice pulp (fiber), because it is so good for us.
Fortunately for me, I have come up with a few solutions to my dilemmas, so now I can enjoy my juice without a worry in the world. Below is my absolute favorite juice recipe, as well as tips and tricks to save time and pulp!
Juicing to Save Time
When I take out my juicer on a Sunday, it is truly something that I look forward to. I take all of my vegetable ingredients, prepare and cut them up, and slide them through the juicer. I know that what comes out is a delicious, healing concoction that is so full of nutrients for my body and that makes me feel really good. So, when I juice, I make a big batch that will last me throughout the week. In order to preserve the juice and keep the nutrient value, I use these tricks:
Mason Jars – mason jars are great storage systems because their seal is air tight. When I juice, I place enough juice for 3 days in mason jars in the fridge. The seal will keep the juices fresh so I can drink them on the daily.
Juice Cubes – in order to preserve juice made in a batch past three days, I make juice cubes. They are exactly what they sound like – you pour your juice into an ice cube tray and freeze them. Then, during the latter half of the week, I will take my juice cubes and blend them into a smoothie with other great ingredients.
Juicing to Save Pulp
Juicing is so good for you because it provides an instant nutrient blast to your system. Unless you are eating vegetables all day every day, chances are you are not consuming the amount of vegetables that you get in a glass of green juice. The problem is that when you juice vegetables, the pulp, or fibrous part of the vegetable is separated from the juice. This fiber is really good for you and shouldn’t be left to go to waste. Fiber is crucial for healthy digestion and most of us do not get enough. Instead of tossing that juice pulp, Deliciously Ella has come up with a genius healthy cracker recipe to make use of the pulp. Juice and healthy crackers? Now that’s winning. You can find her recipe in her first book, Deliciously Ella.
My Go To Juicing Recipe
I love all vegetable juices but green juices are my absolute favorite. This recipe is loaded with nutrients, reduces inflammation, has strong anti-cancer properties, and promotes cleansing and detoxification in the body. It is my ultimate go to healing recipe. This recipe is meant to make a batch of juice, not just a glass. Trust me, once you try it, you will definitely want more than a glass.
• 1 bunch of kale
• 1 bunch of spinach
• 1 stalk of celery
• 1 cucumber
• 1 lemon
• 3 green apples (cores removed)
• 1 piece of ginger
When you drink this juice, you can rest assured that you are doing so much good for your body. Did you know:
-Kale has more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, 133% of your daily vitamin A intake and plenty of phytonutrients which combat inflammation, arterial plaque buildup, and cancer formation.
-Spinach is high in antioxidants, containing potent amounts of vitamin C, E, A, manganese, zinc and selenium. It also has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. One cup contains 337% of the RDA of vitamin A, which is great for immune function.
-Ginger has potent anti-inflammatory properties, assists with digestion, lowers cholesterol, improves brain function, and has strong anti-cancer properties. Consuming ginger brings heat to the body, which also promotes detoxification.
-Lemons are highly alkalizing and contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals, including C, B6, A, E, magnesium, potassium, and zinc, to name a few. Lemons also support liver detoxification, contains valuable antioxidants and has anti-cancer properties.
All that in a glass of green juice.
Lastly, make sure that you take your juice pesticide free. You can check out the EWG’s list of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ or the most highly sprayed fruits and vegetables that should always be purchased organic. Celery, cucumbers, and spinach are on the list. You can find the rest by visiting www.ewg.org and searching ‘Dirty Dozen’.
*Note: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.