Even though this article was posted on our Raw Divas blog, I HAD to post it here, too. It’s just sooo helpful!! Thank you, Jamie!! We loooooove you! -t
by Jamie Abrams
I started green juicing nearly a year ago. Up until that point I had been a green smoothie queen. I loved them (still do) but, I was finding that I was feeling really heavy after my morning helping. My skin was reflecting this to me as well through pussy pimples and acne outbreaks. Not really what a girl wants when she is nearly thirty!
Finally, I knew I had to break my love affair with my green smoothies and move to something that served my body better. Drum roll please…..GREEN JUICES.
We already know how fabulous fresh fruit and vegetables are for our bodies. But, as soon as we liquidize these babies they become even more potent and powerful, especially greens. The five biggest benefits of greens are their chlorophyll content, trace minerals, vegetable protein, enzymes and alkalizing abilities. All these formidable effects are enhanced when we put them into the easily absorbable form of juice.
Like many people starting on their juicing journey I kitted myself out with one of the best masticating juicers on the market. If you are like me and maybe a lot of others who have these diamond studded juicers you probably tired easily of all the fiddly cleaning of bits and pieces. Any one juice could require using up to thirteen parts!!! Who has time for this?
Not wanting to forfeit my daily prescription of green juice I got resourceful. I first heard Sergei Boutenko and then the Rainosheks suggesting to people to use their blenders and nut milk/ sprout bags to make juices and by doing this you without doubt half the set-up and clean-up time.
If you would like to give this a go try the following with or without little hands helping:
3 stalks celery
1 small pineapple or 1/2 large
2 carrots with their tops
bundle of spinach
bundle of rainbow chard
sprinkle of watercress
Chop the following up into chunks your blender can manage. Add enough water to cover your blender blades (1/4 -1/2 cup usually does the trick). Place ingredients in the blender as listed above. By placing the high water content items at the bottom you are more likely to have an easier blending experience. Turn on your blender. Poof. You have thick muck. Place your nut milk bag inside a jug or bowl, pour half the blender contents into it and get squeezing. Ring out all the juice from the bag. Place pulp into compost and repeat again or until your blender is empty.
Magic! You have a smooth, delicious green juice in minutes!
Did I mention how sparkly you look now?
PS. For those with little people about: Have your munchkin place the ingredients in the blender, turn the blender on and allow them to help you squeeze the juice out. My little guy’s hands are like lightening when ringing out the juice. It always tastes so much more gorgeous when he has added his energy to it. Plus he loves to drink it with me!