Green Juice

I have mentioned before that I really want to add juicing in my everyday diet in 2014.  I have been doing a little research on benefits and what to juice??  Also it helps that DH is really handy in the garden area.  We have so many different vegetables growing in our garden.  Looking forward to using them for juicing.   I read this in Marie Claire recently and wanted to share the great tips offered:

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 Buying produce

According to Helms, $20 per week should get you enough produce to make one glass of juice everyday.  Buy several large handfuls of greens, some apples, and whatever additional produce you’d like to add for variety. Organic and locally grown is best, but if you can’t afford it, be sure to use a good produce wash on conventionally grown veggies. According to the book, buy the following items organic whenever possible, since they tend to have the most chemicals when grown conventionally: apples, carrots, cherries, grapes, lettuce, pears, strawberries, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, peaches, spinach, kale, chard, collard greens.

• Understanding the difference between juice and a smoothie

I asked this stupid question so you don’t have to. In a smoothie, you’re essentially eating all of whatever you’ve just ground up in your blender. When you juice, the fiber and pulp gets pulled out and separated. The result? Smoothies are more filling and more caloric. “Blended drinks are more of a meal replacement,” Helms says. “Juices are more about supplementing your diet, not for substituting as a meal.”

• Making green juice taste better

This has always been my biggest complaint about juice – it just doesn’t taste as good as say, Diet Coke. But my personal juice chef at the event gave me two tricks to make bitter greens, which are loaded with nutrients and vitamins, taste a lot better. He crumbled up a few mint leaves into a mixture of spinach and kale and it really cut the bitterness. Apples are also great for adding some sweetness, and if you really have a sweet tooth, add pineapple. You can then slowly change the ratio of green to sweet as needed until you can tolerate more hard-core green juices.

Try one of these celebrity recipes: 

Blake Lively’s Intoxicating Detoxification Recipe:
1 cup kale
2 leaves swiss chard
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 small beet
1/2 cup pineapple
2 medium green apples
1 sprig fresh mint
1/2 medium lemon

Michelle Williams’s Leafy Green Goodness Recipe:
3 leaves kale
1 cup spinach
2 leaves Swiss chard
4 medium apples
1/2 medium lemon, peeled

Hillary Swank’s Daily Detox Recipe:
5 medium carrots
1/4 medium cucumber
1 medium apple
1 inch fresh gingerroot, peeled
1/2 medium lemon, peeled

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