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One Juice, Two Juice, Orange Juice, Green Juice

April 22, 2013

Today is Earth Day. A day typically focused on what we can do to treat this planet and Mother Nature a little bit better. Now while it may not be realistic for us all to drive cars  that run off of garbage (yet) or spend our lives planting trees or live completely off the grid (yet) or single handedly save an endangered species – I do believe there is one very easy thing that we can all do. And that is to be more conscious of where our food comes from and how our food dollars are spent.

Agribusiness is a huge part of our economy, and if we are not taking the time to support agribusinesses that follow good practices and treat the earth with respect – what good is that garbage running car going to do us anyhow? Agribusiness accounts for 14% of the worlds greenhouse gases and most of these emissions come from methane (aka. cow burps and farts). A cow produces the same amount of pollution in a day as 1 car. A CAR! There are roughly 1.5 billion cows in the world, to 1 billion cars. Can someone pass me a bowl of vegetables please? I think you get the picture.

While this may seem like an odd segway into today’s recipe – when you think about it, what we are really talking about is respect. We should all want to respect the earth and respect the resources given to us. And by the same token, we should also respect our bodies. So with that in mind, I want to share with you a concept that has taken up root in the Good household. Juicing.

Juicing is a process of taking various fruits and vegetables and extracting all of the liquid, nutrients and vitamins out of them for consumption. Juicing allows you to down an extraordinary amount of fruits and vegetables, more than you could ever sit down and chew in one setting by removing the insoluble fiber that makes digesting that much goodness difficult. In other words, its like having an IV of vitamins right into your system. The health benefits to that should be obvious. Mom always told you to eat more vegetables, and this is an easy simple way to make that happen.

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The options and combinations when juicing are almost endless – you can use your typical juice type fruits: oranges, apples, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon etc; you can use every day vegetables such as spinach, cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, celery, kale etc; and last but not least there are always a few that you may not typically consider…. sweet potato for a creamy touch or ginger for a little zing. My favorite suggestion is to add a lime. Though many recipes call for lemon – I like the lime because even if the juice isn’t that great, you can close your eyes and trick yourself into believing its maybe a margarita. (adding tequila doesn’t hurt either..)

We have been juicing for about 5 months now and I cannot tell you how much we love it. It is a great immunity booster if someone close to you is sick, its a great healthy snack or small meal when you just need a little something on the go, and last but not least – it is the best hangover cure I’ve found. Slam down an overload of vitamins – take that, hair of the dog. Ever know you are going out to a dining situation with less than healthy food options, or just a plain overload (God Bless America)?  Have a juice before you leave the house to curb your appetite. You will thank yourself later.

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There are plenty of great juicing cookbooks out there – but for us we have found the best method is trial and error. On a basic juicing level, its pretty easy to figure out what would go well together. Best rule of thumb – there has got to be something with a little natural sweetness in every juice. If you go in with an overload of kale, ginger and lemon – you are going to have one lip-smackingly tart beverage. Throw a little green apple in there to sweeten it up. Carrots are also a great sweetener – you may not really think so since its a veggie, but if you really consider, it makes sense. Roasted carrots – sweet and delicious. Same goes for your juice.

Many people like to take part in juice fasts to either jump start weight loss, or to just cleanse and reboot their system. The recent documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is a great portrayal of the health benefits of juicing. If you live in the Nashville area, great options are popping up left and right to make this an easy meal choice. A favorite of the local farmers markets (and soon to have their own brick and mortar store thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that has taken off like crazy!) is juice.Nashville. They sell individual juices, or offer 3 day cleanse kits to get you going. If you are unsure if juicing is your thing, I highly recommend you give this a try.

Below are two of our most basic, every day, favorite juices. They are a great, easy way to pack in the goodness and kick your day off right. Give it a shot, let us know what you think. You won’t regret it.

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Good Green Juice

serving size: 16 ounces

1/2 a bunch of kale – pulled off its hard stem
1 lime – quartered
1 green apple – quartered
1/2 a cucumber – quartered
2 cups fresh spinach

Better-Than-Your-Average Orange Juice

serving size: 16 ounces

6 carrots – ends cut off and cut to fit into your juicer
1 orange – peeled and quartered
1 inch tall round cut from a fresh pineapple – spiny sides cut off, and cut into chunks to fit  your juicer

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. angelamroberts permalink
    April 27, 2013 2:44 pm

    I don’t juice. I vitamix, but for all the same reasons. Love your green recipe. I haven’t used cucumber yet and I’ll have to try it. I do use a lot of kale and spinach.

    • April 28, 2013 10:34 am

      Vitamix’s are also great! We had one when we were growing up and used it for everything.

      I love adding cucumber because it can lighten up something that might otherwise be an intensely green juice.

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