I’m 36 weeks pregnant and my green juice fast is going quite well – I’m down 40 lbs! Just kidding. Truth be told – I recently watched a fabulous documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was extremely fascinating and I highly recommend the movie. Am I going to go on a green juice diet while growing a human? No. Did it inspire my trip to the farmer’s market the following morning? You betcha!
If you follow this blog, you probably realize my diet has no shortage of fruits and vegetables. But, I thought it would be fun to try making my own version of green juice. Obviously this works extremely well with a juicer but again, I am in no place to be going on a juice fast so I went with my trusted blender. Feel free to experiment and mix/match the ingredients. Kale can be substituted with any dark, leafy green such as swiss chard or spinach. The pear can be swapped with a granny smith apple. A peach can be swapped with a nectarine. You get the idea.
Why make green juice? Fruits and vegetables are full of micronutrients which fight all sorts of diseases (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.). When you cook fruits and vegetables (or buy them in a processed form such as canned soup or frozen entrees), you lose a portion of these micronutrients. Juice is 100% raw, pure fruit and vegetable allowing you to fill your stomach with powerful antioxidants in a more direct form.
It also makes you feel less guilty after a day of consuming an ungodly amount of chocolate chip cookies and chocolate walnut brownies. At least that’s what a friend told me….
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Why make green juice? Fruits and vegetables are full of micronutrients which fight all sorts of diseases (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.).
- 2 c kale chopped
- 1 pear chopped
- 2 c canteloupe chopped
- 1 peach chopped
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tbs fresh ginger
- 2 tbs water
- Handful ice optional
Place all ingredients in a high quality blender and blend on high until juice forms.
Feel free to add more/less water or ice depending on desired consistency.
Excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, good source Iron and Calcium