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Greens as the Star Ingredient

Posted January 11th, 2012

Juicer for Juicing Leafy Green VegetablesMost New Year’s resolution lists will have “eating healthier” near the top of the list. The easiest way to implement your healthy resolution is through the regular use of a juicer. Possibly the healthy ingredient you can put in your juice extractor is dark leafy greens. Juicing greens is an excellent route to consuming your needed quantities of vitamin A, C, K, folate and chlorophyll. 

The concentrated amounts of these nutrients in the juice of leafy greens brings about many anti-cancer and antioxidant benefits. In addition, the chlorophyll in green juice aids in balancing blood sugar, increasing energy and assisting the cleansing of blood cells. Next time you turn to your juice extractor, be sure to add a bit of greens to your recipe. Examples of dark leafy greens include arugula, broccoli, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, Swiss chard, dandelion leaves and numerous herbs.

To juice these leaves-of-nutritional-wonder, simply wash them in warm water and pat dry with a clean towel. Roll them into a cigar shape and place into your juicer feed-tube. Greens do not yield a large amount of juice. Typically, a head of leaves will yield no more then a cup of juice. Dark leafy greens tend to produce bitter tasting juice, so be sure to add some sweeter juicing ingredients to the mix, such as sweet apples, carrots or even dates.

Chlorophyll Chugger
½ cup water
1 pound dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, etc), washed
3 medjool figs, soaked in water overnight (use more for additional sweetness)

Using your juicer, alternate between juicing 1/3 your greens and a figs. After juicing, remove the pulp and add water to it. Run the remaining soaked pulp through the juicer.


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