Glowing Green Juice
You likely won't see me posting many juice recipes on the blog.
There are three main reasons:
Fibre: I prefer smoothies over juices the majority of the time. Smoothies retain the fibre, whereas with juices the fibre is extracted. And if you know me, I'm always boasting about all the benefits of fibre.
Food Relationship: When moving to live in the Netherlands, I sold the $1200 juicer I used to own. And no: I would not invest in something like this again. I bought the machine when I was in an excessive juicing phase of my life, and that phase is long over (thankfully), because I'll be completely honest: it did not come from a healthy place. I juiced because I had a very unhealthy relationship with food.
Ease & Accessibility: I want to share recipes that most people can make. Recipes that require simple ingredients and no need for fancy machines. So this recipe is only helpful to those of you who have a high quality machine that can juice greens. As a bon voyage to my machine before selling it, this was the last juice recipe I made.
I get asked often, "What do you think about juicing?"
I wish the answer was as easy as saying, "I think it's wonderful!" or "I don't believe the benefits are as wonderful as people say."
To be honest, I think like many things in nutrition, juices have become a craze.
As always, let's just boil it down to the basics:
Win: It's made from fruits and vegetables. Seriously: nothing is more nutritious than fruits and vegetables.
Loss: The fibres are removed. I always prefer whole food sources when possible (i.e. eating the fruit or veggie whole, or blended in a smoothie). Plus, the added fibre helps to better regulate the sugar naturally present in these foods.
Win: It's a wonderful way of boosting your antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
Loss: A lot of people feel this then allows them to eat poorly for the remainder of the day because they had their "nutrition hit"... or people use juicing as a way to "detox" from periods of poor eating habits, when in reality, eating any nutritious foods at any time is good for you. It doesn't need to be in the form of a juice.
Win: It's an easy way to grab-and-go some liquid nourishment if you're in a rush.
Loss: It can be time consuming to juice if you're doing it yourself at home.
Win: It can be darn delicious and satisfying - so many food combinations and flavours to try!
Loss: Drinking juices in the form of a "detox" or "cleanse" can create an unhealthy relationship with food, especially if you are predisposed to having a toxic relationship with food.
So as you can see, the answer is not so black in white.
It's wonderful if enjoyed in moderation with other wholesome foods... because let's be honest: it's fruits and veggies after all. Nourishing ingredients to the max!
Glowing Green Juice
▸ ▹ Vegan, raw, gluten-free, oil-free, refined sugar-free, nut-free
Yield: 3-4 cups Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 15 min
1 bunch kale, about 6 leaves
1 medium orange, peeled
1 medium apple
3/4 medium English cucumber
1 lime, peeled
2 cm chunk ginger
Wash, cut and place all ingredients in a juicer capable of juicing greens. Serve while fresh and enjoy!
Variations: add any other fruits, like pineapple or grapefruit, and/or any other vegetables, like parsley or celery, that you enjoy!
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