Big Friendly Green Giant Juice

 

 

 

Seems we skipped a beat with spring here in Daegu—with temperatures already in the mid-to-high twenties, it’s practically summer and I’m not complaining. The closet’s been spring-cleaned, the body’s getting all it’s winter waste out, and I’m getting in all the greens I can. And with a little encouragement, I’m kicking coffee and sugar for the near future. Out with the gunk, in with the greens. I like it.

Usually I add half an apple or some orange segments to my juice so I’m not choking down full-frontal army-assault-green swill first thing in the morning, but I’m not having fruit for a little while. Problem solving mode: Engage. Carrots and beets are some sweeter vegetables, both ideal for juicing, but unfortunately the latter is a bit tough to track down in Korea—so no Beety Bliss juice for me here. A carrot, on the other hand, does the job quite nicely! Enough natural sugar to make the juice palatable without making it feel like you’re drinking Kool-Aid for breakfast.

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I love parsley in my green juices for its cleansing, purifying effect. It’s more than just a garnish, it’s actually an antioxidant and great source of vitamins—plus it kinda just smells like spring. Lemon is another excellent cleanser and detoxifier, helping to stimulate the digestive system and kick the bowels into gear. I’ve added ginger here for helping with digestion and its anti-inflammatory effects, but if you’re down with some garlic in your juices, go for it! It’s anti-fungal and great for your immune system. For more of my juicing tips, including thoughts on organics vs. conventional produce, when to juice, what order to put your veggies through the chute, and how to get your mix right, check out my post here.

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If you’re wanting to avoid sugars, this juice is blood-balancing, detoxifying, and sure to keep sugar cravings calm. It’s not bitter, not overly sweet, but pleasant, fresh, clean. If you really need something a little more saccharin, you can always add one or two drops of stevia, but be careful! Add them one at a time—even a few can make your juice taste artificial.

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Big Friendly Green Giant Juice (sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free)

Try to buy everything organic, especially for juices: A glass of pesticides isn’t too appealing, is it?

1 or 2 sprigs of parsley

handful dark leafy greens (spinach, a stalk of kale, or swiss chard are great—I think I used bok choy here?)

1/2 lemon, peeled

thumbnail-sized knob of ginger

1 cucumber

3-4 stalks of celery

1 medium-sized carrot (I used 1/2 a large)

Directions:

Juice all ingredients in the order listed. If you have a centrifugal juicer, drink within fifteen minutes so that your greens don’t oxidize and lose nutrient value. If you have a masticating juicer, you’re okay for a day or two. Drink your juice slowly, and try to “chew” if you can—it may sound and even look funny, but it helps get your digestive juices going, signalling your body that it’s got some incredibly nutrients coming its way and it might as well prepare itself for full absorption!

You can use your leftover juice pulp to make an omelette, separate out the carrot pulp to make raw cupcakes (!), or make veggie pulp crackers. Feel like a superhero, and enjoy the rest of you day. ❤

 

Drop Beets Not Bombs

I’m sure I’ve preached enough praises for green smoothies on this blog already. And if I haven’t, I soon will. Just. you. wait.

There’s a time and place for a good green smoothie.

…..but there’s always time to get juiced.

Have you met my baby?

It’s a shiny brilliant thing of beauty, I tell you. Some boys polish cars ’till they can see their reflection in the sheen. Me… well, me and my boy Breville, we tight. And he sure is miiiighty shiny. (You don’t need this schmancy juicer though. A Jack Lelane will do just fine.)

Juicing is a beautiful thing for your body because it really does all the work for you. Since the fibre is already pushed out as pulp, the nutrients can skip most of the digestion part in your body, and instead go straight to work where they’re needed most. Juicing first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach is ideal, so that all of the goodies and greens can be absorbed straight into your bloodstream—but since there’s no fibre to slow it down, it’s optimal to juice with a ratio of at least 80% veggies to 20% fruits. With too many fruits, all that sugar goes straight to your bloodstream—you’ll be shakin’ in your skivvies!

It’s easy to play around with your own juice creations, but for a general rule of thumb when it comes to veggies, start with your leafy greens and/or herbs (ie. kale, spinach, parsley, cilantro), then add your water-based veggies (cucumber, and celery are both great, you could also use carrots) to flush out the drink, add any extras (I like a little ginger, garlic, or half a peeled lemon), and finally, if you want to sweeten it up a bit, some fruit (half an apple, pear, or a beet). If you juice all willy-nilly, the thicker produce can clog up the machine and make it difficult to get all of the wet juicy goodness out of your less dense veggies. And that would just be a gosh darn shame.

Beety Bliss 

Juice ingredients in the following order:

A few sprigs of parsley

2 stalks of kale (you can wrap the parsley or any leafy greens around a more solid vegetable to ensure it’s juiced properly)

1 handful of spinach

3 stalks celery (organic please! conventional celery contains some of the highest number of pesticides due to its thick skin!)

1 beet

I think a thumb of peeled ginger would taste great in this one too!

If you’re juicing for the first few times, and are a little scared of the taste, I find it helpful to throw in a few ice cubes and a straw—c’mon now, doesn’t it taste just like a regular grape drank?