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Green Juice mania

Has anyone else been following this juice craze?  For years I have been making smoothies in my normal, cheap blender, using something like skim milk, berries and bananas.  Sound familiar? These were always my go-to way to get my kids to drink their fruits, but boy has that drink evolved into something completely different.

It seems everywhere I turn, a juice bar has popped up and everyone is walking around drinking green juices.  I always thought these wheat grass concoctions were reserved for the ultra health-conscience vegan extremists, but then one day, I decided to try one.

This one mixed lemon, parsley, ginger, apple and kale.  It is so delicious and surprisingly refreshing and I actually do feel like I get a little boost from it.  It is so much better than drinking a heavy smoothie and it’s a perfect afternoon pick me up.  I’m a total convert!

But I didn’t get why until I started reading Seamus Mullen’s new book Hero Food, which he wrote based on his love of Spanish cuisine and his struggle with rheumatoid arthritis.  In the book, he talks about making a “Parsley Juice” which is pretty similar to the one I described above.  He says the folates in parsley are anti-inflammatory and make him feel better within hours.

I don’t think he’s wrong.  Just like with the parsley, other ingredients, like cilantro, dandelion greens, kale and spices like tumeric and cayenne have similar and powerful effects on the body.  Wheat Grass, for instance, which I never imagined I would try, is amazing.  It is also a super food and when downed like a shot, right after it’s been ground, it has an uplifting effect, almost better than caffeine (which I recently gave up).  I now walk over to my farmer’s market on Wed for a shot during the day as a little boost.

I often wondered why anyone would want to drink veggies.  Why not eat a salad?  But I recently learned that when the food is raw and pureed, it gets digested easier, taxing your system less, but also getting absorbed easier into your body so the effects of the ingredients are greater.

This has me thinking-since my son is so ultra picky, but he likes juice, maybe I will invest in a juicer and make him fresh apple juice in the am, which has to be better than bottled, but also, maybe I can sneak in a green leaf?  I may be hoping for too much.  Stay tuned!

Rosemary Maggiore is our Last Minute Lady. A single mom of two kids plus a full time job (she runs this website!) keep her busy and usually pushing things to the last minute. Somehow she manages to keep her cool and her sanity while she enjoys good food, wine, friends and most importantly, family.

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3 Responses to “Green Juice mania”

  1. Julie says:

    I love smoothies and have done some veggie ones, but wish I had a real juicer for those. I have a Vita Mix I have had for years, and it will do them, but I would rather not have the pulp in the veg juices. Ah well, maybe one day I can get another juicer too. Anyway, fruit smoothies are often breakfast for me.

  2. Chell says:

    I started eating smoothies for breakfasts and snacks this year. I haven’t tried the “greens” yet though. I typically use fresh or frozen organic berries, small amount of banana for sweetness, 3/4 c of water, a scoop of whey isolate protein powder for protein, a tablespoon of flax seed oil for smoothness and omega 3 content. I blend it all in a single serving “bullet” type blender. I keep all of these ingredients on hand and it is a quick, highly nuitricious snack or breakfast, ready to go. Everything can be combined in the bullet glass the night before and stored in the refrigerator, ready for the next morning. Just whirl and go. Other fruits I’ve tried in various combinations with the berries: frozen organic peaches and cherries. Spices I’ve added: fresh grated ginger, cinnamon, apple and pumpkin pie spice. Other liquids i’ve used: pure orange juice, albond milk, and coconut water.

  3. Christina says:

    My Vitamix is god for “Juicing”. I put that word in parenthesis bec its not technically a juice of the pulp is in it but I feel there are so many benefits to leaving it in. First off, its more fiber and that means it fills you up better (much important if you are using a drink as a meal replacement). Also, a lot of a fruit/vegs greatest benefits are in their skin and outter shells so, why throw that away? The Vitamix is pricey but it has replaced at least 3 of my appliances and is a work horse. it purees every single bit of a fruit and veg (skin and seeds included) into a smooth and delicious beverage. My kids love the drinks I make, even with spinach and kale. One of our faves is kale, pineapple, ginger and celery. sooo good and vibrantly colored!

    C

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