June 19, 2012 by Living Girl Living Foods
Green Juice it wakes me up, helps me feel alkalized, strong, and provides my body with many essential vitamins & enzymes to keep everything strong. As well as feeding our blood, thus preventing disease (this idea is based on the idea that you consume several juices throughout the day, eat a vegan diet, and are not consuming alcohol or big pharmacy drugs).
I recently tried Cherie Soria’s Giant Green Juice at her cafe and the following day I found a recipe online for it. So I bought whatever produce I didn’t have in the house so the following morning I could have the juice for breakfast. Cherie owns Living Light Culinary Institute and the Living Light Cafe. They use a Green Lite Juicer at the cafe and I hate to admit it but the juice tasted better from the cafe compared to me making it at home with my Jack LaLanne Juicer. My Juicer is not the best one out there but it gets the job done, and friends who have more expensive juicers have told me how they like the juice that my juicer produces more. I never have issues with fiber chunks and as long as I am not over loading the shoot down to the blade, my veggies do not get warmed up.
For those new to green juices, this recipe may not be sweet enough. A whole head of kale is used and one apple. Depending on your health status and the reasons why you are juicing there are modifications you can make. If you are concerned about your sugar intake or already use apples at least once a day in juices I recommend using 6 pieces of kale (about half a bunch) instead of a whole bunch. This should let the sweetness from the apple and lemon pop out more.
Others may tell you to just add more apple, and that’s perfectly fine if you do not need to worry about sugar or consuming too many apples in one day. One head of kale is slightly vague because even at my grocery store the heads of kale never constantly seem to be the same size. This is why Cherie mentions 8 ounces of kale. The other ingredients are not as specific, so modifications are essential 🙂 Just remember what your goal is with juicing, if you want it to taste sweet or if you want it not so sweet but just at the right amount where you can drink & enjoy.
So here is Cherie’s recipe and the health benefits of this drink straight from her site. And the photo above is how my cutting board of juicing ingredients turned out! Super green indeed 😉
Green Giant Juice
Yield: 3 cups/750 mL (2 servings)
This powerful, nutrient-dense juice is especially valuable as part of a weight-loss program. It provides 200 mg of calcium per serving, which is as much as 2/3 cup (160 mL) of milk, plus it has 9 grams of protein and less than 1 gram of fat. In fact, the calcium present in kale is twice as available to the body as that in cow’s milk!
1 bunch (about 8 ounces/220 g) kale, including stems
1/2 head romaine lettuce
1 cucumber, quartered lengthwise
1 apple (I used a granny smith apple that I knew it wouldn’t be too sweet, sometimes I prefer the apple not being so in my face)
4 stalks celery
1 lemon, peeled
Juice all of the ingredients. Serve immediately.
So you might be thinking, umm Jess, there is protein in green juice? Of course! Kale is loaded with protein! The most frequently asked question when I say I am a raw vegan, “How do you get protein?” Protein is in dark leafy greens, seeds, nuts, and foods I consume in every meal. Did you know the average American takes in about 150 grams of protein each day. But you need only a fraction of that amount. The excess protein can not be stored so the lymphatic system attempts to remove the excess. But when the burden becomes too great for the lymph, protein traps/tumors are created. Love your lymph! Do you really need all that protein?
Here is what my juice ended up looking like! A jolly green giant :D!
For a small Giant Green Juice at Living Light Cafe it cost be around $6, and I want to say it was in a cup that is somewhere around 8 ounces. It was super expensive, it tasted much sweeter than my juice at home. But the color and taste was amazing, the Green Lite Juicer really makes a difference…and like I said earlier, it hurts to admit that. Below is a photo of the juice when I ordered it at the Living Light Cafe, judge for yourself.
The lettuce in this helps produce a ton of juice, meaning it’s getting lots of water into your body causing some natural cleansing. I’m a huge fan of having juices like this in the morning, it’s a fantastic way to make sure you are hydrated, an according to Cherie’s findings it doesn’t hurt that it is loaded with protein and calcium 😉
The next few days I will be posting more juice recipes. I am long overdue on providing a video however my apartment has an ubber awkward kitchen with terrible lighting. I need to make friends in town soon; it’s becoming a downer to have no social life. Plus I could really use a friend to help record videos for me with my iPad 🙂
I picked up some amazing local & organic produce that was affordable and healthy looking!
I had juice recipes in mind right away, but I’ll try to mix things up and do other things too. May be a spinach pesto kelp noodle pasta is in our future 😀 Thank you all for taking the time to stop by my site and read my crazy ramblings! Have a delicious day, much love & raw power ❤ 😉
P.S: Please feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions or if there is a vegetable you are interested in working into a recipe but are scared. I also have previously written about some treats I’ve consumed at the Living Light Cafe. Here is my post on some lunch & beet juice I had there and here is my post all about dessert! 😀
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