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Good Morning Greens

‘Green Machine’, ‘Glamorganic Goddess’, the ‘Hulk’…green juice concoctions come in a variety of clever names and tasty recipes that are simply green goodness in your belly!  I put my Breville juicer to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to spark my day with energy…I’m pretty sure those mornings are D’s favorite for breakfast!

Every weekend, D and I look forward to visiting the farmer’s market to purchase the majority of the goods to make our green juice.  I’ll be honest, it can be expensive to purchase all organic produce, and we easily spend $40-$50 a week on all the fruits and veggies we’ll need for juice, snacks and meals, but it’s worth it!  Besides, how can one put a price on feeling amazing and having more energy?

My ‘Good Morning Greens’ Recipe
This is the order I juice in, though I’m not sure it really matters. Makes 2 servings.

  • 1 bundle of kale
  • 4-5 chard leaves (I like rainbow chard!)
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 3-4 stalks of celery with leaves
  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 green apples, cored
  • ½ lemon, peeled

ANDI is the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, scale is 1 -1000, it basically indicates the most bang for your buck with a specific fruit or vegetable.

Why not just buy bottled juice?
Though raw juice and bottled juice may be derived from the same source, a lot happens to bottled juice after it is pressed out of its fruit or vegetable.  Most bottled juice has been heated and pasteurized which depletes the natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Many bottled juice brands also have added preservatives, refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavorings, rendering it even worse for your health.

On the other hand, freshly squeezed juice from raw fruits or vegetables right after it’s been extracted is loaded with living enzymes, vitamins, and nutrients that pack a powerful health benefit punch! Our bodies are alive and can taste the difference between a living juice and one that has been sitting on a shelf containing preservatives and additives. It tastes better because it is better.

Don’t have a juicer?
Buying a juicer can be an investment and prices vary per brand ranging from $100-$400.  Do some research and check out Amazon to find the right juicer for your budget.  Blenders can also be used to make juice smoothies, but the texture and taste may be a little different since it’s not squeezing the juice out.  Check out some recipes at BlendedRecipes.com.  

For more juice recipes, information on health benefits and tips on which juicer to buy, check out the Reboot with Joe site, inspired from the film Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead which chronicles Joe Cross’ personal mission to regain his health by juicing and living a more active lifestyle.

Happy juicing!

Peace. Love. Namaste.


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