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. 🙂

SUPER GREEN JUICE

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!

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Killer maple mustard cider vinaigrette!


To balance out the heavier foods of fall, I’ve been making side salads like crazy!  I’ve been craving fresh, crisp greens and salad cucumbers daily.  I found that the farm stand near my house still has greenhouse grown organic arugula which is deliciously peppery.  SO GOOD!  You’ve probably been told throughout your life to ‘eat your greens!’ but do you know why?  Greens oxygenate the blood and increase circulation which helps to boost the immune system, detoxify the blood, refresh detoxification organs such as the kidney, liver and gall bladder, clear out excess mucous in the lungs, provide us with energy and mental clarity, and lift our spirits.

There are many ways to get your greens, but fresh is best!  We often get bored with salad after salad, so why not experiment with making your own customized salad dressings to add some extra delicious nourishment to your greens?  Vinaigrettes are simple and easy to make at home.  Try using different vinegars (balsamic, plum, cider, white wine, etc.) and different oils (olive, flax, coconut, sesame, etc.) to produce a variety of flavors.  Add in whatever seasonings and spices you desire and voila!  Incredible, fresh, house-made dressings!  You can even print out some labels and give away bottles to guests as gifts!

KILLER MAPLE MUSTARD CIDER VINAIGRETTE

2 cloves of garlic

4 tbl mustard seeds

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Combine garlic, mustard seeds, 1/4 cup of the maple syrup and a healthy splash of the cider vinegar in a blender or food processor.  Pulse until most mustard seeds are cracked.  Add in the rest of the vinegar and maple syrup, pulse until combined. Slowly add in the olive oil until everything is combined and opaque.  Add more olive oil or maple syrup to taste.

(Note: I am very fortunate to have a good supply of maple syrup!!!  Honey would be an excellent substitution in this recipe!  🙂