I feel like everyone around me is sick or has been sick. Strep-throat, bronchitis, cedar fever, sinus infections, bird flu, stomach bug…you name it. Last month six people called out of work in one day. I felt like we needed to put people in quarantine :). The past three years I was sick off and on the entire season. I even had some violent stomach bug. Never in my life have I felt so awful. After being sick and feeling run down all the time I went back to eating healthy. One of the first things I started doing again was juicing every morning for breakfast. And like magic…I didn’t get sick this year! Not to say, that juicing alone is the magic potion, but I really think there’s something to it!
I learned about six years ago after reading, The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose, that juicing “literally infuses your body with millions of enzymes, keeps your immune system strong year-round and offers unparalleled protection against osteoporosis…”. Natalia says that, nothing is more live-enzyme rich than freshly extracted vegetable juice. Ounce for ounce it is the most enzyme loaded, easily absorbable form of nutrition available on the planet today.” (pg 48)
Natalia is at the top of my list of health educators in the field today. She’s brilliant and I’m sure you’ll hear me mention her from time to time. I just started juicing again everyday right before flu season hit and I haven’t been sick once. Which is saying something. Here is what I juice every morning:
To stay consistent I came up with a strategy. I spray my produce with vegetable wash, grab my coffee and read while my produce is soaking in the sink (you can also do this the night before). I let my produce soak for about 10 minutes. I then cut the peel off my lemons.
Note: If you buy organic lemons you can leave the peel on. However, I can taste the natural oils and prefer to peel them.
Once my produce is soaked I start juicing the kale on the #5 setting and alternate with the celery, letting the celery push in the kale. I then add in the cilantro and ginger. I turn the setting to #4 and juice the apples. If the apples are small enough you can juice them whole. I then turn the setting to #3 and juice the lemons.
Stevia is optional but I really love the added sweetness it gives. NuStevia brand is my favorite because it doesn’t have a bitter taste. I add one packet.
- 1 bunch kale
- 1 head celery
- Fresh herb of choice: bunch of cilantro, basil, parsley etc
- 2 Green Apples
- 2 Lemons
- Piece of ginger
- Tsp of Stevia (NuStevia powder)
- I always use this same base. This recipe serves 2 or 1 if you want an extra boost. To fit within my budget I juice half this amount for myself.
- Optional: cucumber, spinach, collards, swiss chard, beets etc... I tend to stay away from high sugar fruits and vegetables, like red apples and carrots and lean towards leafy greens!
I am very aware that everyone has a different palette. I tell me fiance that he has the palette of a 5 year old :). So, if needed add more apple, lemon and stevia or blend the Green Lemonade into a berry smoothie!
Visit Natalia’s site for the original Green Lemonade.
Cheers to your health and happiness!