Make Your Own Greens Juice!

 

This year, go unconventionally green for St. Patrick’s day. Rather than lament the lack of nutrition in a green bagel, bemoan the negative side effects of too much green beer or rewrite the corned beef and cabbage recipes from yonder years, go green in a different direction. Try a green juice. So many people assume a green juice is not for them. They claim they don’t like vegetables. They fear it won’t be yummy. The color is off-putting. Die hard green juicers seem nutritionally elite – willing to compromise their taste buds in the name of super fuel.  While there is definitely a continuum of green – from beginner to advanced, there is a place for you on the spectrum. Take a minute to look around, and you’ll see lots of people toting juice in hand. It’s all the rage. Perhaps it’s time to give one a try.

 Tips to help you go green:

  • You do need a juicer to make a green juice, but you do not need to buy the fanciest one out there. A blender can work for some recipes, but cannot separate the pulp from the juice, making it thick and less juicy.

 

  • Even if you do not care for cooked broccoli, kale, collards or cucumbers, for example, you may like them in a raw juice – many times the flavors are more mild raw and combined with other ingredients.

 

  • Choose produce that is fresh and healthy in appearance.

 

  • Try to juice immediately prior to drinking. Once the juice is made, it starts losing its nutritional powers. Green juice is sensitive to time (how long from when it was made until it is consumed), temperature (heat can diminish some of the vitamin potency) and storage (air and clear glass containers can also make the juice less potent).

 

  • You can find commercially prepared juices such as Odwalla Original Superfood or Naked Green Machine juices in stores Nationwide. To preserve their integrity on the shelf, there is added sugar, usually in the form of juice, but they still may be worth a try. If you live in NYC (and some other major cities), you can try picking up a Blue Print Juice Blue Print Green, Cooler Cleanse Essential Green or Sweet Green, which are available all over the city at Juice Generation, Whole Foods or Exhale stores. Organic Avenue is a company that will deliver juices (try Green Love or Mellow Love) to a local restaurant for pickup. These companies are most famous for cleanses, but offer a green juice that may work with your efforts to get some green juice into your repertoire.

 

  • If you do not find a health food store or juicing joint in your ‘hood, Blue Print Juice, Cooler Cleanse, and Organic Avenue offer home delivery, but it is a commitment of at least a few days, which may be intense for a beginner, so try them with a friend.

 

 

  • A juice can be a great break from salad boredom, but should not replace chewing your veggies.  Try one in place of a snack with a handful of nuts. Or, if you are not much of a breakfast person, a green juice and an ounce of cheese can be a great start to the day.

 

Recipes for success:

 

Beginner greens

½  head of romaine lettuce

½ cucumber

6 spinach leaves

1 green apple

Clean all produce well. Toss in the juicer in order and drink immediately.

 

Verdent intermediate (while the ingredients may seem intimidating, the flavor is mild)

2 celery stalks

1 cup kale or spinach

½ cucumber

1 cup wheat grass

Clean all produce well. Toss in the juicer in order and drink immediately.

 

Advanced green master

½ cup broccoli

3 celery stalks

1 handful fresh parsley

1 handful fresh spinach

½ cucumber

½ inch fresh peeled ginger

1 lemon, peeled

Clean all produce well. Toss in the juicer in order and drink immediately.

 

Happy, healthy and green St. Patty’s day to you. In lieu of searching for the perfect four leaf clover, arm yourself with a superpower green juice and may the luck of the Irish bless you. Cheers!

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Make Your Own Greens Juice!

 

This year, go unconventionally green for St. Patrick’s day. Rather than lament the lack of nutrition in a green bagel, bemoan the negative side effects of too much green beer or rewrite the corned beef and cabbage recipes from yonder years, go green in a different direction. Try a green juice. So many people assume a green juice is not for them. They claim they don’t like vegetables. They fear it won’t be yummy. The color is off-putting. Die hard green juicers seem nutritionally elite – willing to compromise their taste buds in the name of super fuel.  While there is definitely a continuum of green – from beginner to advanced, there is a place for you on the spectrum. Take a minute to look around, and you’ll see lots of people toting juice in hand. It’s all the rage. Perhaps it’s time to give one a try.

 Tips to help you go green:

  • You do need a juicer to make a green juice, but you do not need to buy the fanciest one out there. A blender can work for some recipes, but cannot separate the pulp from the juice, making it thick and less juicy.

 

  • Even if you do not care for cooked broccoli, kale, collards or cucumbers, for example, you may like them in a raw juice – many times the flavors are more mild raw and combined with other ingredients.

 

  • Choose produce that is fresh and healthy in appearance.

 

  • Try to juice immediately prior to drinking. Once the juice is made, it starts losing its nutritional powers. Green juice is sensitive to time (how long from when it was made until it is consumed), temperature (heat can diminish some of the vitamin potency) and storage (air and clear glass containers can also make the juice less potent).

 

  • You can find commercially prepared juices such as Odwalla Original Superfood or Naked Green Machine juices in stores Nationwide. To preserve their integrity on the shelf, there is added sugar, usually in the form of juice, but they still may be worth a try. If you live in NYC (and some other major cities), you can try picking up a Blue Print Juice Blue Print Green, Cooler Cleanse Essential Green or Sweet Green, which are available all over the city at Juice Generation, Whole Foods or Exhale stores. Organic Avenue is a company that will deliver juices (try Green Love or Mellow Love) to a local restaurant for pickup. These companies are most famous for cleanses, but offer a green juice that may work with your efforts to get some green juice into your repertoire.

 

  • If you do not find a health food store or juicing joint in your ‘hood, Blue Print Juice, Cooler Cleanse, and Organic Avenue offer home delivery, but it is a commitment of at least a few days, which may be intense for a beginner, so try them with a friend.

 

 

  • A juice can be a great break from salad boredom, but should not replace chewing your veggies.  Try one in place of a snack with a handful of nuts. Or, if you are not much of a breakfast person, a green juice and an ounce of cheese can be a great start to the day.

 

Recipes for success:

 

Beginner greens

½  head of romaine lettuce

½ cucumber

6 spinach leaves

1 green apple

Clean all produce well. Toss in the juicer in order and drink immediately.

 

Verdent intermediate (while the ingredients may seem intimidating, the flavor is mild)

2 celery stalks

1 cup kale or spinach

½ cucumber

1 cup wheat grass

Clean all produce well. Toss in the juicer in order and drink immediately.

 

Advanced green master

½ cup broccoli

3 celery stalks

1 handful fresh parsley

1 handful fresh spinach

½ cucumber

½ inch fresh peeled ginger

1 lemon, peeled

Clean all produce well. Toss in the juicer in order and drink immediately.

 

Happy, healthy and green St. Patty’s day to you. In lieu of searching for the perfect four leaf clover, arm yourself with a superpower green juice and may the luck of the Irish bless you. Cheers!

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Go Green for St. Patty’s Day!

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, who is not looking to don that green and get into the spirit? This year, instead of kegs and eggs, begin your day with a greens juice. Grab your favorite greens (and even your not-so-favorite ones as juicing can help disguise the taste) and toss them in a blender for an easy, nutritious “greensky”.  Begin with mild green veggies like celery and cucumber and add in romaine, spinach and kale.  Fresh lemon and ginger offer a nice kick and if you feel you need to mask the taste of greens add half a banana or apple to give your St. Patty’s drink a sweet punch!

NLT: You can do it! Make your own green juice today! Lean Green St. Patty’s Juice:  Try 1 cup spinach, 1 cup kale, ½ cup romaine, ½ medium cucumber, 1/2 Granny Smith apple, ½ squeezed lemon; blend and enjoy fresh!

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