My Favorite Color is Green

My juicer is my favorite kitchen accessory.  As my glass fills up with gorgeous shades of green, I’m thankful for the flood of nutrients that instantly awaken and heal and detoxify every cell in my body.  I don’t juice because I’m “on a juice cleanse.”  I believe, for the most part, that cleansing is a job my body was brilliantly created to do on its’ own each day.  I cleanse to assist my body in that natural process, but also to give my body a boost of concentrated, raw, nearly pre-digested nutrients that can be readily absorbed and used!

We are told to eat at least 6-8 servings of vegetables each day, and even as a nutrition coach, sometimes I don’t get there. Juicing ensures that I get all I need on a daily basis.  Juicing also allows me to use a wider variety of veggies than I normally do in my meals.  I’m much more adventurous when I know the unfamiliar veggie is going into my juicer along with some of my other staples like ginger, green apple, pineapple or kale.  I’m always telling my clients to choose nutrient dense foods, and a glass of raw, organic vegetable juice is about as good as it gets.  Juices retain most of of the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients found in the whole versions of those foods. These nutrients can help protect against a host of inflammatory diseases and help guard the body against free radicals.  Always listen to your own body after juicing and see how you feel.  Like with all foods, just because one recipe works well for your friend, it may not work well in your body.  Leave room for observation and adjustment.  

Home juicers can range from $40-$300.  I have a little Champion Brand Juicer that’s 8 years old and still going strong.  When juicing, it’s even more important to juice with organic veggies and fruits to avoid ingesting a high concentration of potential pesticides.  I usually have my juice with a meal.  If I’m drinking my juice between meals as part of a snack, I will combine it with a healthy fat like raw nuts.  Some of the vitamins in a glass of juice are fat soluble, so in order for the body to actually absorb those fat-soluble vitamins and nutrients, ingesting fat is required.   

P.S.  Did I mention that my pickier-than-picky 7 year old son LOVES fresh veggie juices?  Yay mommas!  Just get creative and jump in...Here are 3 of my current fave juices, in regular rotation at my house:  

handful of: organic kale and romaine lettuce

a few stalks of organic celery

1/2 organic cucumbers

1 large fuji apple 

parsley

1 lemon, peeled

a piece of ginger root

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2 carrots

1 beet

hearty knob of ginger

1 lemon, peeled

handful of parsley

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1 cucumber

2 handfuls kale

1 handful spinach

1 lemon, peeled

1 green apple