Almost every morning, I prepare a fresh green juice for the three of us: my wife, our teenage son and myself. Juicing vegetables to extract their nutrients and separate out the fibre is by far the most effective way to take in a mountain of highly concentrated nutrients. It is a powerfully alkalising, healing and life-giving flow of live enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, chlorophyl, together with a wide spectrum of phytonutrients, all of which pass through the stomach quickly into the intestines without triggering secretion of hydrochloric acid, and can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall with no digestive stress at all.
It is true that there may be innumerable ways of preparing a fresh green juice. It is also true, however, that there are never innumerable choices of vegetables to buy at the store or market, and neither are there innumerable ways to combine the vegetables we do have into a balanced and palatable juice. Several of you have asked for tips about this, and so I share with you how I do it at home.
As shown in the picture I took for you this morning, here are the ingredients in order of importance in terms of the amount of juice they give:
- Celery with the leaves if any (4-5 large sticks)
- Fennel bulb (one)
- English cucumber (half)
- Yellow pepper (one; red peppers make the juice brown in colour)
- Chard with stems (or spinach or kale without stems; small bunch)
- Parsley (small bunch)
- Ginger (4-5 cm)
This makes about 800 ml of juice to which I add a whole can of Dr Goerg coconut milk (400 ml) that I leave sitting in a small bowl with hot tap water while juicing to make it liquid, and a couple of teaspoons of powdered greens (e.g., dehydrated juice of barley or wheat grass, Food Matters powdered greens, Vitamineral Greens). It is blended smooth, and yields about 1200 ml that we share in three equal parts. You can add water to dilute it or not, depending on your taste.
The juice is a creamy, light green colour, and a mildly sweet, smooth and rich green flavoured vegetable juice that you should drink slowly and mindfully, highly appreciative of its dense nutrition with its health-giving and healing properties. The coconut milk provides excellent fat that helps to maximise absorption of the minerals, vitamins and antioxidants, and nourish the body, keeping you feeling energised, satisfied and not hungry for several hours.
It takes me about 20 minutes to make the juice, and then 10 minutes to cleanup. I wash and prepare all the veggies on Saturday or Sunday in order to be ready for a quick pulling out of the fridge and chopping without delay on weekday mornings. This is also much more water-efficient, since you can fill the sink with cold water, and wash all of your veggies one after another, starting with the peppers, fennel bulbs and cucumbers, and then the celery and chard/spinach. They have to be dried or spun before being stored in the fridge in open plastic bags.
We used for one year the Hurom HF-SBC06 Slow Juicer, for which I read the recommendation on the Food Matters website, and that a green foods friend of mine found through an online shop in Spain for which he sent me the link. It doesn’t take out all the fibre, and I have to strain the juice. I read that the Omega juicer (8004 or 8006, and 8003 for travelling) might have been a better choice for doing almost exclusively green fibrous veggies as we do. In any case, I was very happy with the quality of the juice despite the extra step of straining it at the end. Now we have the horizontal single auger Omega Sana 707, which works better than the Hurom for greens, is much much easier to clean and assemble/disassemble, but it extracts less juice, and I run the pulp through once to get more of it out. If I were to get another one today, I would get the new Omega Twin Gear for better yield.
I hope this short, pragmatic post will both inspire and help you incorporate this key health-promoting practice into your life and that of your family, and eventually make it part of your daily routine. A green juice such as this one is by far the most effective way to rebuild and maintain optimal health for all and at all ages throughout life. It is really the true breakfast of champions.
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