Monday, April 2, 2012

Juiceland

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is a documentary that's made its rounds around the nation.  Many people have already seen this story, or at least heard about juice fasting.  For those of you who haven't, this documentary follows Joe Cross, a guy who decides to solve his own autoimmunity disease and weight problems but juice fasting for two months.  Consisting only on freshly squeezed juice, he manages to get into great shape and get rid of his skin disease.   

Along the way, he meets Phil, who has the same skin issues and decides to do his own juice fast for 60 days.  His results are ridiculously amazing, and the juices they drink all leave you parched and craving some of your own yummy juice!

So, my mom and I got matching juicers on a whim one day (thanks mom!) and started juicing up a storm!
This recipe comes straight from the documentary- it's a juice packed with nutritious vegetables, masked with the sweet natural sugar from the apples.  
Power Greens Juice
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 inch section ginger
Prep your veggies (yes, you actually have to do more than just shove them all in the juicer I found out) by removing citrus peels and cutting anything too large down to size.
All that produce becomes this wonderfully neon green drink!
I've only used the juicer about five times or so at this point, but here are my initial thoughts:

Kale is so wasted in a juicer!  Using a bag of pre-washed and pre-cut kale, I used half a bag and only got this much juice:
If juicing is the only way you'll eat your leafy greens, then go for it.  But as someone who loves kale, chard, and spinach, I'd much rather "waste" my precious kale by actually eating it!

There is so much wasted pulp!  I hate the idea of wasting all that nutritious and fiber filled pulp.  There are plenty of recipes on the web on how to re-use the waste in baked goods, but I most definitely won't be doing that.  I experimented with some of my first batch (below), but I've been tossing the rest in the compost.  
So. Much. Pulp.
I took a big handful and threw it in the blender to add to my Kale Pear Smoothie.

I made a giant batch and froze it all in muffin tins for future batches.


Just freeze them in the tins, and then pop out and put into a plastic bag for future use.  To drink, blend a couple pods with some liquid.  

Then I sat down to drink up my fresh juice!

Bottom line:  I love having a juicer and I will definitely be using it plenty in the future!  However, as a source of vitamins and minerals, I will continue to eat plant-based meals instead of throwing it all in the juicer.  For me, I love fresh juice but don't love the price tag of freshly squeeze juice with no added sugar or preservatives, so making my own will be lots of fun! I've already come up with a new recipe I'm excited to share with you!

For more great juice recipes, check out Lindsay's blog at Lindsay Loves Veggies!

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