green juice

My First Green Juice

I made my first veggie drink with the juicer this last weekend. It was…different. Very leafy tasting. Like a liquid salad. Not bad but not stand-up-and-get-excited good either. Just very different. I had no idea what to expect so I can’t say that it didn’t meet my expectations. It was just a new experience all the way around.

I reduced this recipe to try to make a one serving portion for me to try out.

Ingredients:

  • one apple
  • two stalks of celery
  • six kale leaves
  • 2 swiss chard leaves
  • a handful of parsley
  • half a lemon
  • a chunk of cucumber
  • and a small piece of ginger

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The juicer performed well. It jammed up once, just a little on the greens. I think it was the overabundance of parsley and I think I was pushing it too fast. It’s a masticating juicer so it runs slower (and quieter) than the ones that sound like aircraft taking off.

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Luckily, it also has a reverse button which worked wonders for eliminating the jam.

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I got about 20 ounces of juice out of it all.

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It seemed like a little more than I was going for. I wasn’t sure I would drink it all but I did. (It could have kept in the fridge for up to 72 hours, at least until the next day, but I decided to go for it instead.)

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I’m not sure what I think about the whole process. I’m not keen on the ratio of food to juice. It’s a lot of freaking food for not very much juice in my book. And, as one of the cautions I’ve read about juicing, it didn’t really fill me up or make me feel like I’d had lunch. I managed until dinner but it definitively isn’t as filling as our green smoothies.

I think more experimenting must be done.

The important thing is not to stop questioning. 
~ Albert Einstein