Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Green Envy Juice

How are those resolutions going?  Although I haven't made one myself, I thought I'd provide a little inspiration for those of you resolving to adopt healthier habits.  Drinking my green envy juice is one habit that has become part of my morning routine, but this wasn't always the case.  When I first began juicing, I played it safe with fruity combinations.  It took me time to delve into vegetable juices.  Green vegetables were the last stop on the juice train.  My first attempts tasted a lot like salad, which in my opinion, should always be eaten with a fork and drizzled with a nice vinaigrette.  I've since remedied that situation by introducing lemon, ginger, and apple into the mix.  The result?  A zesty, clean, vibrant juice, which just so happens to be green.

I'm now at a place where I happily drink my greens most mornings because I realize the importance of keeping my body in balance.  Green juices like this one are super alkalizing and cleansing.  An instant dose of vitamins and minerals first thing in the morning is great for your digestive system, and ginger works wonders for circulation.  It's a perfect way to use up what's in your fridge as well.  I always save broccoli stalks, celery leaves, and use up any odds and ends that are limp or overly ripe.  If you're not into the green thing just yet, revisit my carrot apple ginger juice until you're ready to take the plunge.  Why not guzzle down some veggies as you steer towards greener pastures?  You have my support.

~Green Envy Juice Recipe~ 

6 lacinato kale leaves
1 cucumber, peeled if not organic
1 celery stalk
1 broccoli stalk
1 small green apple
1" ginger root
1 lemon, peeled

Adjust juicer to appropriate settings before adding ingredients to juicer.  Stir and pour into a glass.  Serves 1.


Mary said...

This sounds really interesting. I'll have to give it a try. If I sound tentative it's because I love to chew my food and power drinks have to be really good for them to replace the textures of the foods I love. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous said...

i love green juices but dont have a juicer. i think i will need to invest soon!!!

Em (Wine and Butter) said...

Okay - Im a Nutritonist (or trained as one) I LIKE vegetables, I'm into trying stuff and I now have a juicer - time to get ob board with this stuff! LOVE ginger too :)

Zoe said...

This smoothie combination is so calm and delightful. No wonder everyone is envy to have one!

Amy said...

This makes me want to get a juicer! You've convinced me, I mean it. I've only gone so far "green" as adding handfuls of spinach into my banana smoothies, but a juice with kale and ginger sounds delicious.

kyleen said...

I remember years ago, my mom borrowed her friend's juicer and made us drink kale juice. I was, what, maybe all of eleven years old and kale juice really didn't sound that appetizing to me. Maybe if she called it Green Envy Juice (or the Justice League Juice?) I would have been happier to drink it?

Anyways, now that I'm a little bit older and understand that vegetable juices are good for us, I'd totally drink this. This green envy juice actually looks so creamy and frothy, kind of like a green slushy or smoothie.

Katie said...

While I was visiting a friend over the holidays, she hauled out her fancy Hurom juicer and made me some juice from some grapes she had just kicking around. It was great (juicing is just really fun in general), but what made it really awesome was a few leftover kale leaves and stalks from a salad we'd just made. I really like the vegetal dimension that kale adds to fruit juice. I don't have a juicer at home, but that experience has me really excited about fresh juice. I will keep your juice in mind...looks like it's time to save up for a juicer.

P.S. What do you do with all of the pulp leftover from juicing?

Stephanie said...

I'm glad you all seem to be liking the green juice idea. I was fortunate enough to get my juicer as a gift, but yes they are very expensive. A good investment I think if you're going to use it frequently. Katie-grape juice sounds great. Grapes are one fruit I haven't tried yet but I did do a lot of apple juice in the fall. I wish I could tell you I worked the leftover pulp into recipes. I should be better about that. Carrots for example could be used in breads or muffins. I'd love to compost it at some point too, but not set up for that just yet.

Cleo said...

Great blog!! This is pretty much my daily juice. I upgraded my juicer yesterday to a whiz bang masticating one and can't wait to get it cranking tomorrow morning ... Juicing is so fun.

Stephanie said...

Hey Cleo-thanks for stopping by! Sounds like you're all ready to go. Have fun. Let me know if you come up with any good combinations! :)