October 8, 2010

"Green Juice"

Why the quotes around green juice? Well, I had every good intent on making this juice with mostly kale, but as I was getting the kale out of the fridge, there were 4 lonely, almost shriveled carrots who were desperately needing to be juiced. While the kale takes center stage here, the amazing powers of the beta-carotene overpowered the lush green color of the kale, turning the juice an almost brownish color. Despite its color, it is one incredible juice.

We juice a lot, and have come up with a ton of random creations, but this  was my first time juicing kale, and we loved it! Even Toby loved the juice. He always tries my creations, but they usually involve beets (something he is not a huge fan of) and I am not so sure he goes crazy for it, but he drinks it solely for his health. But this green juice, is dang good if I do say so. I am always taken back when people say they don't like vegetables, or greens to be exact. And I am sure if I told them they would love kale juice they would laugh in my face. But if I gave them some of this juice, I think I could change their minds. The health benefits alone are enough for me to enjoy a glass (or two) for breakfast. But what is even more rewarding (and makes me feel so proud) is when my husband and son (who is only 16 months) guzzle down a glass as well. I feel like I am doing a good job as a wife and mother by taking care of my boys, and feeding their bodies exactly what they need. Just so you have an idea, here are some of the health benefits of this juice:
          Kale: kale is a natural anti-inflammatory. It is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K, and sulforaphane (has anti-cancer properties).
          Apples: Apples contain a high source of antioxidant compounds. They also have small amounts of vitamin C, and fiber, not to mention they are known for their cancer fighting abilities. Let's just say the saying "An apple a day keeps the doctors away" may not be so far off...
          Oranges: We all know oranges for their vitamin C, but you may not know that oranges are a good source of fiber, as well as vitamins A & B, potassium, and amino acids.
          Kiwi: Kiwi are rich in vitamins, flavoniods, and minerals. They are also a good source of vitamin C (they actually contain more vitamin C than an orange...).
          Pineapple: Pineapples contain enzymes that work as natural anti-inflammatory's. It is also very high in antioxidents, as well as Vitamin C
         Carrots: Growing up my mom always told us girls we had to eat our carrots so that our eyes would grow strong. She was right (does that surprise you?). Beta-carotene is known to help with vision, an help provide your body with the tools to strengthen your eyes.

Green Juice
1 large head of kale, stems removed
2 oranges
2 apples
1/2 pineapple
2 long carrots
4 kiwi

Juice ingredients according to juicer instructions. Sip away to your health!

1 comment:

  1. Sounds great! I have been using kale, spinach, banana, and peach to make a delicious morning drink - the banana hides the "green" taste of the kale =)