2. What to look for when buying green juice
So you don’t have a juicer. You think there’s no way I can drink a daily green juice. It’s to much money to buy every day. You’re right it is expensive to buy a juice every day. However you can juice with out a juicer!
I own a juicer and I buy juice from time to time. I get stuck out shopping and am in the middle of a grocery store, hours after I thought I’d be home. I’ve run out of snacks, I’m hungry but everything ‘ready to eat’ is full of sugar, chemicals and preservatives, or it’s $$$ for something I know I could make at home for a fraction of the cost.
So I’m going to share with you how I used to juice in my pre-juicer days and what I look for when I’m stuck out there in la la LAnd hungry and in need of real food.
1. Use your blender! If you have a high powered blender then this is even easier for you. If you don’t then this is what you do:
Toss whatever you want in your blender with a little water. Blend, strain into glass. Use the back of a spoon to squeeze out the juice. Toss the fiber in the freezer for making stock at your convenience or baking! Seriously.
Drink your juice!
Here’s an example:
2 leaves of kale
1 cup of pineapple
1 stalk of celery, chopped
1 regular cucumber chopped
juice of 1 small lemon
My personal favorite:
2 stalks of celery
juice of 1 big lemon
big handful of parsley
a healthy splash of coconut water
a little honey if it’s too bitter
toss all of this into the blender. Add enough water or coconut water to get things moving in the blender. You may need to use the pulse function a few times to get it churning. Then let it run til it gets smooth, like a smoothie 😉
Strain over a jar and drink! I make enough for a whole day. I add more lemon juice and just a little raw honey. These preserve the enzymes in the juice for up to 3 days. No they aren’t just as rich with enzymes as day one, but they are pretty close and lets face it -if it’s between making one big batch that you will drink for 3 days or one small batch and then nothing… something is always better than nothing!!!
I know I had to confront some truths for myself. No I don’t juice everyday. I just can’t, there are a limited amount of hours in the day. I can juice once a week. I drink them over the course of three days. Then if I find my gut saying ‘hey! you need more juice’ I do it again! If I forget then, well, I forget!
Life is full of enough stress. Don’t add on more!
2. With that said here’s what to look for when you’re buying your juice:
What’s the veggie vs fruit ratio? The thing is most people are so overly sugared that they won’t drink veggie juice unless it’s really fruit juice with some green to look healthy. Don’t be that guy. You don’t need fruit juice, you get enough sugar. You want your fruit to be with it’s fiber. That’s what keeps the sugar from kicking you in the teeth. You need veggie juice because our soil is soooo depleted that even organic veggies aren’t as full of vitamins and minerals as they were pre industrial revolution.
Is there something that’s not a fruit or veggie in it? If there’s anything in it that’s not real skip it. Citrus Acid is a common one. It seems like another way to say lemon juice. It’s not. It is a naturally occurring preservative so it’s not terrible… Unless it’s got numbers on either side of it. Then it’s actually made from sulfuric acid. If you can find a juice that doesn’t have it then just skip it all together.
Is there chlorella or spirulina in there? AWESOME!!! Superfoods are the bomb diggity. If you can find a juice with them -get that one!
Are there herbs in it? Parsley, mint, cilantro, are some common ones. They are full of detoxifying power. Drink those!
Anything you like? Recipes, buying tips, questions and advice are always welcome!!!