Fresh juice has become something that I’ve really become quite passionate about. It’s a delightful way to incorporate fresh, wholesome, and incredibly nutritious fruits and vegetables into your day. I find it to be one of the most delicious ways to enjoy raw produce, too. Just one glass of fresh juice is a wonderful addition to your daily diet. Because pure fruit juice is high in sugar, I typically balance out my juices with a decent amount of vegetables. My favorite go-to blend is fresh green juice.
So I’ll be honest – I love vegetables, but I can’t quite get to the point where I’m snacking on handfuls of raw spinach and kale. Neither can you? Rest easily – fresh juice made from these greens is heavenly. Blended with the sweetness of fresh apple juice and the brightness of lemon juice, the greens shine so beautifully. It’s a juice so delicious that I can’t get enough of it! I find myself rationing batches of fresh juice throughout the day because I know once it’s gone, I’ll be disappointed. It’s so refreshing, so fruity, a bit tart – all things I adore. [Note that if tartness isn't a flavor you cherish as much as I do, you can certainly scale back on the lemon. I find the lemon to add a 'green lemonade' effect - which makes me love it even more.]
Juicing is really gaining popularity – you can now find several bottled juices at your local supermarkets. It’s much more affordable to make your own at home, though. There are two types of juicers – centrifugal and masticating. Both have their advantages, but I find centrifugal juicers much more practical. I’ve used both, and to be quite honest, the masticating juicers are so tremendously arduous to use and clean, that I find them to be not worth the effort. I am much happier with my centrifugal juicer. If you’re looking for a juicer, a great place to start is this one. It’s incredibly quick to juice with, it’s easy to use, and it’s a cinch to clean. It’s a high quality appliance and an affordable entry into the world of juicing. Thanks to inspiration from Lora Krulak, I’m now totally in love with juicing, so now it’s my turn to share the inspiration. Try it – you might become just as fond of juicing, too!
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fresh green juice
Invigorating and slightly tart, this is my favorite drink. It instantly energizes me and provides incredible nutritional benefits. Dial up or down on the apples and lemons, depending on how sweet and tart you prefer your juice to be.
Juice the following:
1/2 bunch kale
1 small bunch swiss chard (about 5 stalks and their leaves)
3 stalks celery
1 large cucumber
2-3 apples, depending on the level of sweetness desired
Add the juice of 1-2 small lemons (depending on how tart you like your juice,) stir, and enjoy immediately.
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