Juice Recipe #22: Not-So-Green Juice

Not-So-Green Juice

I was craving a green juice today and made this tasty juice that looks anything but green. In fact, I’m not fond of its color but it packs some serious nutrient power so whatever! I purchased some collard greens at my local supermarket a few days ago that were calling my name. I’m sure I’m not the only weirdo that sees a gorgeous veggie in the market and just has to have them. That’s how I felt about these collards when I laid eyes on them. They were fresh, large, leafy and the most gorgeous shade of green.

I LOVE Collard Greens or what I grew up referring to as Sukuma Wiki, google that! Collards and Kale are definitely my favorite greens. I grew up eating them sauteed with onions and tomatoes. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. But given that this is a juicing blog and I was craving one I thought I would create a juice around them. It just refused to become green though thanks to the carrots. Go carotene! I also was excited to drink a veggie juice out of the glass in the picture. It was a wedding favor from a wedding I attended two weeks ago and I can’t say I’ve ever been more excited about a favor. Silly, I know!

Collard greens are loaded with Vitamin A, C and K, along with calcium, potassium and omega 3 fatty acids. Greens are definitely nature’s secret weapon. Here’s one recipe that helps you drink your greens and get filled up on these nutrients.

  • 2-3 large collard green leaves, thouroughly washed, stem and all!
  • 5-6 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 inch piece of ginger

~Juice & Enjoy!~

If you want to taste and see a ‘real’ green juice, check out the most popular green juice recipe MAJ has so far… Juice Recipe #4

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Juice Recipe #5: Carrot & Ginger Juice

This juice is a recipe I made up as a nod to one of my favorite homemade salad dressings. It’s a dressing with carrots and ginger that I love to make every once in a while. I discovered it on one of my favorite websites, allrecipes.com. It can be tweaked to your liking. I really don’t measure anything when making the dressing. The ingredients are carrots, ginger, rice vinegar, very small amount of sesame oil and the sweetener of your choice such as honey, coconut nectar or agave. I blend all the ingredients in my mini food processor and ‘taste-as-I-go’. I usually have this dressing over a bed of organic baby spinach with chopped mango. Yum Yum…my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

So anyway, I was in the kitchen one day thinking of this dressing and decided to juice carrots with ginger. I usually use about 6 carrots and a small piece of ginger the size of 1/2 my thumb….lol! Just make it to your taste! Experiment all the way each time you make it and add less or more ginger as you please. I still remember the first time I bought and tasted an organic carrot. It definitely was the first organic vegetable I began buying. It was like night and day taste-wise compared to conventional carrots. The organic carrots were so much sweeter and juicier and I have been hooked since then. Wash carrots thoroughly, cut off the tops and tails and juice them whole with the peel. Wash the small piece of ginger as well and juice whole or peel if you prefer to.

Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene which is a pre-cursor to vitamin A.  Carrot juice will therefore be great for  skin, hair nails and (famously for improving vision. They really do have a high amount of beta-carotene which acts a powerful anti-oxidant and therefore prevents inflammation and disease.

~Happy Juicing!~

Juice Recipe #3:Celery, Kale, Cilantro, Lemon & Green Apple Juice

Here’s the third installation of Juice Recipes and it’s a recipe I made up with what I had in the fridge today. Celery, Kale (one leaf), Cilantro, Granny Smith Apple and 1/2 a lemon. note:  I peel my lemons so as not to make it too bitter and as always I take out the apple’s seeds. Always make sure to thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens.
 I’m really making an effort to be creative with my recipes now and boy is it paying off because today’s green juice is just oozing with vitality. It was refreshing and invigorating. There’s no doubt this would be a ‘Hall-of-Famer’ should someone choose to create such a thing for homemade fresh vegetable & fruit juices.
 Here’s a breakdown of some of the awesome nutrients and benefits for just 2 of the juice’s ingredients.

Celery: Packed with vitamin A, tons of B vitamins, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium….the list is really long! It’s anti-inflammatory, aids in digestion, extremely filling because of the high water content, helps get rid of toxins and excess fluid by acting like a diuretic which means it would help reduce blood pressure! yay 🙂

Kale: This is just a super green! I doubt there’s anyone who hasn’t heard how amazing and nutritious our dark leafy greens are! Here’s just a few benefits of this great green. It’s got vitamin A (boat loads!), vitamin C, vitamin K , Folic acid, potassium, calcium and iron. It’s an incredible anti-oxidant.

~Happy Juicing!~