Dark Leafy Green…. Juice.

In my work with clients, and in social conversation, I encounter many people who have trouble eating enough greens.  One solution that I’ve discussed is cooking your greens with a variety of seasonings to suit your tastes.  (Check out my post Spice Up Your Life)

With the arrival of my new juicer, I’ve found a new option that is tasty, quick, and effective! Greens are easily sweetened with the addition of apple and citrus fruits.  I’ve been using lacinato kale which produces a beautiful dark green color.  When using additional fruits and vegetables, sticking to green and yellow foods will produce the brightest green juice.  Any orange or red foods will turn the juice a visually muddy brown.  Of course, it will still be delicious. 🙂


3 leaves lacinato kale

1/3 cucumber

1 large lemon wedge

1 large lime wedge

1/2 inch piece of ginger root

2-3 large green apples, cored

1-2 pineapple rings, or 1 large spear fresh pineapple

(1/2 kiwi, skin removed – optional)

*juice starting with softests fruits/veggies and graduating to more firm fruits/veggies, stir and enjoy!*

This recipe is also delicious if you leave out the cucumber and pineapple and add extra lemon, lime, and a pear or two.

You will notice a sustained energy boost and gentle cleansing effects.  Hello vitality!


Juicing for Vitality

After watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, my partner and I were inspired to get a juicer.  Due to budget restrictions, it took us some time to acquire one.  From what I understand, there are two factors to consider when buying a juicer: the pulp-to-juice ratio, and the longevity of the machine.  We seem to have found a fairly effective juicer (longevity to be determined) for about 100 bucks.

My first day juicing was yesterday.  I followed my juice intuition and created an apple-orange-lemon-ginger delight that hit the spot.  I took one sip and I swear, my eyes popped out of my head like a cartoon!  Any sense of self control was lost to me, and in a few short moments, my juice was gone, gulped down as though my life depended on it.  Clearly, my body needed those pure, fresh, nutrient-packed fruits.  If you get the chance, try it!


4 red delicious apples – cored

1 navel orange – peeled

1 large lemon wedge

1/2 inch piece of ginger

*add to juicer starting with orange and lemon, then all but one or two pieces of apple, ginger, and finish with last few pieces of apple – stir and enjoy!*

Super antioxidant berry smoothie!

This delicious berry smoothie boasts a high antioxidant content from dark berries, cinnamon and cayenne.

Cayenne is a super-star in the realm of natural health.  It boasts anti-inflammatory powers, promotes circulation, aids in digestion and breaks down mucous, making it a fantastic choice for detoxification and healing.  It’s anti-inflammatory and circulatory effects make cayenne a great help to migraine and allergy sufferers.

Cinnamon has similar properties as cayenne and also aids in the regulation of blood sugar. Both cayenne and cinnamon have been shown to combat yeast overgrowth in the body, known as candidiasis.

Colorful and delicious, berries are a noted source of antioxidants and vital nutrients.  Getting enough antioxidants can help boost your immune system, so don’t skimp on them during these challenging winter months!  You can read more about antioxidants and your health here.

1 cup frozen whole berry mix (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries & blackberries are my pick)

1 cup cherry juice (my favorite is Cheribundi – made with pie cherries!)

1 banana

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp cayenne powder (1/2 tsp if you want to boost your benefits and can handle the sassy hot/cold action!)

3/4 tsp cinnamon

blend until smooth – and enjoy!

optional add-ins: 1/4 tsp cardamom (delicious, especially in the morning and in combination with bananas!) 1 tbl spirulina powder (get in some greens and boost energy and anti-oxidant potential!) 1 tbl protein powder (for a more balanced ‘meal’ type experience and sustained energy)