Make juice, not war
For some, the idea of drinking emerald-green liquid first thing in the morning is glorious. Cheers! To others, green juice, also known as “swamp in a glass,” is totally barf-a-delic; you’d rather juice a bag of Cheetos or a Fluffernutter sandwich. But guzzling green goodness balances your pH and gives you a direct shot of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein and oxygen. Within minutes of downing your green juice shot, your body receives a blast of optimum fuel that nourishes your cells and helps restore your immune system. So, get juicing!
2 large cucumbers (peeled if not organic)
4-5 stalks kale
4-5 romaine lettuce leaves
4 stalks celery
1-2 big broccoli stems
1 1-inch piece (or less) gingerroot
Juice all ingredients. Other optional greens: parsley, spinach and dandelion. Add sweet pea or sunflower sprouts when they’re available.
Juicy quick tips
1. It’s best to drink your juice on an empty stomach. Mixing liquids with solids slows down the digestive process; it’s better to have your juice and wait about 30 to 45 minutes before eating solid food.
2. For added sweetness, toss in a carrot, beet, red or orange bell pepper or low-glycemic fruit (like a small apple or pear). A good rule of thumb is 3-to-1—three veggies to one piece of fruit. (Use this ratio when juicing carrots and beets as well, as they have a fair amount of sugar.)
3. It can feel wasteful to dump your leftover pulp, and there are several things you can do to extract the most value from your veggies. First, try passing the pulp through the juicer a second time. (Just remove the catch basket, dump the pulp into a bowl, grab it by the sloppy handful, and shove it back down the chute.) Fresh pulp can also be used in various recipes, including soup stock, raw crackers, raw nut pâté, quick breads and veggie patties. Finally, if you’re able to compost, nothing makes sexier soil than veggie juice pulp!
From the book Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr. Copyright 2011 by Kris Carr. Used by permission of skirt! books, a division of The Globe Pequot Press. crazysexydiet.com.