real raw kitchen: RECIPE: basic green juice

Thursday, April 25, 2013

RECIPE: basic green juice

As a raw foodie it seems like a requirement to like green juice (and kale). Whenever I drink a green juice and cringe there is a part of me that feels guilty. I feel like drinking green juice has gotten so out-of-control-trendy that people aren't owning up to the fact that a lot of times it just doesn't taste good.

There. I said it. Green juice is gross.
Unless, of course, you find a way to combine ingredients properly. As most raw foodies will discover, this lifestyle becomes an obsession and most of us jump in 100% juicing anything in the fridge. I've had hundreds of awful juices but touted them as "cleansing" and "detoxifying" just to console myself. I even convinced myself that my taste buds were just not mature enough for the taste. Then, as if a divine lifeline from beyond the clouds zapped my brain, it occurred to me: stop putting weird things in your juice!
I had a habit of combining every green possible and then guzzling it as quickly as possible: broccoli, sprouts, zucchini, cucumber, beets, carrots, celery, kale, swiss chard .. you name it, it was in there. All at once. And it was usually gross.

Then I found a juice that is always good and is always a hit with whomever I share it with. This is because I follow three simple rules when making a green juice:
  1. It must have a sweet fruit
  2. It must have a citrus
  3. It must have ginger

When I follow these simple rules then I can add whatever greens I want and it turns out perfectly. Also, it helps when the juice is ice cold.

Just sayin'.

So this is now my signature drink. I alternate the lemon and lime but the ratio is pretty much always the same (and always delicious).

Green Refresher:
the recipe
1 cucumber
3-4 stalks of kale
3 stalks celery
1 lime
1 apple
1/4" ginger

Either run everything through your juicer or do like I do and blend in your high speed blender. Then strain the contents through a nut mylk bag or another strainer.

Pour over ice and enjoy.

What's your favorite green drink combination?

xo




4 comments:

  1. This sounds so good! I will try it when I go home for the summer, I think. Last year, my brother and I were all about green smoothies- spinach, almond milk, blueberries and whatever else we had on hand. We loved it. But... I want to try this! :)

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    1. Yay! It really is so refreshing. You could also use a lemon instead of lime, or a pear instead of an apple. It's definitely a good summer drink :) let me know how you like it !!

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  2. Originally, I became interested in green drinks as an alternative to my numerous multi-vitamin and mineral supplements that I used to consume daily. I get protein, chlorophyll, fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other essential nutrients from them.

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    1. Yes, what an excellent idea!! Multi-vitamins become mostly unnecessary when you're getting your nutrients from the Earth :)

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