A new year is here! With all the holiday parties, family gatherings and company potlucks, you may be feeling a little weighed down and drained. You are, literally, still carrying 2014 with you. Ugh! It’s time to let go of the old and begin anew. What better time to cleanse your body then the start of a new year? You can look forward to a series of posts over the next few months to help you along with the process. Posts will include diet plans, recipes, helpful tips and alternative exercise routines.
One way you can help to get things moving is your diet. Juicing is a great way to get the process started. I like to juice first thing in the morning. I may even juice sometimes for lunch. Depending on how intense of a cleansing you are planning, well determine how often and how long you want to supplement a couple of your meals with fresh pressed juice blends and/or smoothies. Consult your physician before being your cleanse to insure this is right for you. Try this Mean Green Machine recipe along with other combinations of various produce. You can also find a few more recipes in my Healthy Cooking Squared post. These should help get your motor running, feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.
Mean Green Machine Recipe
1 green apple
2 stalks of celery
3 – 4 large kale leaves
Ginger (about a 1/2 a inch, about the size of your fingernail)
* Use the remaining cucumber and lemon to make flavored water. Look for details on this and more in our next post.
This recipe is full of antioxidants, potassium, zinc, magnesium and Vitamins A, B, C and K. Drinking this juice consistently can help fight inflammation, increase metabolism, flush out toxins, improve immune system, help maintain blood circulation and promote weight loss. Keep in mind this juice is going to help with your digestion. A potty break may be necessary ofter consuming this beverage.
Tip: keep produce refrigerated prior to juicing
Fun Fact: Sailors and pirates would get sick and thousands would even die do to spending long amounts of time at sea without any source of Vitamin C. In 1747 lemons proved extremely useful in the fight against scurvy.
Mise en place
French trim meaning ‘putting in place’
Gather all your items. Wash/rinse your produce thoroughly.
Let’s get juicing
You don’t have to juice your produce in any particular order. I prefer to start with they leafy items (spinach, kale, parsley, etc.) quickly followed by a firm item like cucumber, apple or other fruits and vegetables. I end with the citrus. This system seems maximize the amount of juice you get from your leafy produce and leaves less pulp in the machine.
We suggest consuming the fresh pressed produce immediately ofter juicing. It can be placed in sterilized mason jars and stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Shake well before drinking. Enjoy.