Green Juice Challenge & Recipes!

The Green Juice challenge!

Join the Green Juice club!
Join the Green Juice club!
Some of you may be wondering what the challenge entails, and some of you may just be wondering what the heck green juice is. Some of you already drink green smoothies.
I am going to start by explaining what green juice is, then I’ll explain the true difference between green juice and green smoothies, and last, but not least, I will explain the challenge (It’s a good one. Trust me).

What is Green Juice?

Green juice is a raw, usually home made, juice that consists of mainly leafy greens (of all sorts), some green vegetables, and no more than 20% fruit.
A typical example of Green Juice consists of:
Kale, Spinach, Cucumber, Celery, a Green Apple (or pear), and maybe a half inch of ginger root.
It is made by putting the leafy greens, veggies, and fruit through a juicer.

Why is Green Juice important?

Leafy greens provide an immense amount of nutrients that far excedes the fruits or vegetables you can eat or even juice. They are packed full of calcium, iron, protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It’s important to use these green “Super Foods” as a part of your daily diet. Sadly, most people don’t consume enough leafy greens (if any) on a daily basis.
I know, I know. If you’re new to this, you might be wondering why we should juice them rather than just eat them. Leafy greens contain a heck of a lot of nutrients, as I stated above, but let’s think about how long it would take you to eat an entire bunch of spinach, an entire bunch of kale, a cucumber, and an apple. First of all, it would probably take you quite a long time, and second of all, you probably wouldn’t even want to do it. The benefit of juicing the greens with your vegetables and fruits is that it is practically main lining the nutrients right into your body. When you drink the juice on an empty stomach, it takes your body all of about 10-15 minutes to completely digest it. Your body absorbs more of the nutrients, and it gets more energy. There are countless other benefits to juicing your produce, and perhaps we’ll talk about it more in-depth another day.

I have been asked many times what juicer I recommend, and why.
I recommend the Omega 8006

Omega 8006 Juicer and Nutrition System
Omega 8006 Juicer and Nutrition System

The Omega 8006 is a masticating juicer (also known as a cold pressed juicer). Good masticating juicers don’t heat the produce like typical centrifugal juicers do. Masticating juicers actually crush and chew and press the produce at a very slow but powerful rate. This leaves all of the nutrients in-tact. The juice is of such excellent quality that you can store it in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours.
Centrifugal juicers chop and spin the produce with extremely high speed revolutions until juice is extracted and pulp is slung. Unfortunately, this actually damages the produce and gives off enough heat to kill the essential enzymes in the juice (which is why it needs to be consumed within about 15 minutes).
Why I like the Omega 8006 specifically:
This thing seriously does just about everything. This doesn’t JUST juice leafy greens like wheatgrass, kale, spinach, greens, etc., nor does it just do vegetables and fruits. This thing actually grinds down NUTS into nut butter, nut flour, nut milk, etc. You can also freeze fruits and make home made sorbet! If you have babies, you can actually make your own baby food in it! You can mill your own flours, grind coffee, grind spices, mince meats, make pasta, and much more! This machine COMES with a FIFTEEN YEAR WARRANTY! Yes, I said 15 years. Please note that you can also purchase the Omega J8004 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer as well. They are identical except in color. Because the 8004 model doesn’t come in chrome (only in white) it is slightly cheaper. DO NOT, however, purchase the 8003 or 8005 (those two are identical to each other as well). The 8004 and 8006 have parts that are 8 times stronger, and they also have a 15 year warranty instead of a 10 year warranty. You can easily find this at Bed Bath & Beyond (be sure to use a 20% off coupon) or Amazon.com.

Why Green JUICE and not Green SMOOTHIE?

There is a LOT of confusion about the difference of Green Juice and Green Smoothies. I have noticed that people seem to use them interchangeably.While both are excellent choices, and they most definitely each have their place, they are NOT the same.
Green Juice is just that. Green Juice. Green juice is the product of juicing leafy greens and other produce with a juicer (I cannot stress enough how important a good juicer is, and especially one that is considered a masticating juicer). It is basically raw (and live) vitamins and minerals broken down to a simple liquid form that your body can absorb and put to use right away. There is nothing else added to the juice except the produce (no water, no milk, etc). You can usually consume more produce in juice form than in smoothie form for the pure fact that it’s less filling due to the plant fiber being removed.
Green Smoothies are leafy greens and other contents added to a blender and pulsed until it is a smooth liquid (or smooth thick shake-like) consistency. Instead of breaking it down by expelling the pulp, you’re consuming all of it. Because of this, your body doesn’t absorb all of the micronutrients that it does when drinking Green Juice, and there is no way you can drink as many plants in smoothie form as juice form. Your tummy would likely start to feel like it might explode.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Green Smoothies, as they are a wonderful choice for meal replacement, snacks, dessert options, etc. However, if you’re wanting to really detox your body and absorb the ultimate amount of nutrients, I suggest adding some green juice to your diet.
There is so much more that we could cover here, but I’m going to leave it at the bare basics to save you from boredom. If you want more information, feel free to contact me.

The Challenge:

Food Matters released a May Challenge.
This challenge will benefit your health, and make you feel oh-so-good. I am not asking you to change your diet at all, with the exception of adding at least one glass of Green Juice to your diet every day for 7 days. I think this is a doable challenge, and I think most of you will be extremely pleased with the outcome. This minor addition will help you gain some energy, give your body the nutrients it desperately needs and craves, and will help your immune system become stronger.
Juice recipes for the challenge can be found on the Food Matters website, but I will also post them for you here, as well. Feel free to get creative and make your own juice recipes, but if you’re at a loss, this might help 🙂
All recipes are for one serving.

Food Matters Perfect Green Juice

• 1-2 celery stems
• 1/2 cucumber
• 1 large kale leaf
• 1/8 fennel bulb
• 1 green apple
• 1/2 lemon, peeled (optional)
From Food Matters the Recipe Book

Crisp and Clean Green Juice

• 1 large wedge green cabbage
• 1 green apple
• 1 large bunch romaine lettuce leaves
• 1” ginger root
Other optional greens: spinach, kale, chard and
dandelion.
Adapted from Joe Cross

Boost Juice

• 1/4 medium pineapple
• 1 small handful alfalfa sprouts
• 1 small handful parsley
• 2 large kale leaves
• 1 large broccoli stem
• 1 oz shot of wheatgrass juice or 1 teaspoon of wheatgrass powder (optional)
Adapted from Jason Vale

The Nutrient Express Juice

• 1/2 punnet berries
• 1 small handful parsley
• 2-3 large kale leaves
• 1 large carrot
• 1 large celery stem
• 1 green apple (optional)
Berries to try: blackberries, blueberries,
strawberries.
Other optional greens: romaine, spinach, chard and
dandelion.
Adapted from Mike Adams

Make Juice Not War Green Drink

• 1 small cucumber
• 1 large kale leaf
• 1 large handful of sprouts (sprouts to try: sweet pea, alfalfa, broccoli, sunflower etc)
• 1 celery stem
• 1 large broccoli stem
• 1/2 pear or green apple (optional)
Other optional greens: romaine, parsley, spinach
and dandelion.
Adapted from Kris Carr

Food Matters
Extreme Green Juice

• 5 florets of broccoli
• 1-2 celery stems
• 1 small bunch parsley
• 1 green apple
From Food Matters the Recipe Book

The Classic Green Juice

• 1 medium zucchini
• 2-3 large kale leaves
• 1 green apple
• 1 small handful cilantro
• 1 lemon, peeled
• 1” ginger root(optional)
Adapted from The Gerson Institute
Happy Juicing! Feel free to comment some of your favorite Green Juice recipes!
Amber
Organic Garden Life

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