Okay here’s the thing: smoothies are great, salads are great, rice bowls are great, but juice gives me something I can’t get anywhere else. When I get into rhythm of having a glass of green juice or carrot juice or beet juice a few times a week, I notice I feel cleaner and clearer. I feel lighter. My skin glows a little bit. I think I might have more energy but that could be wishful thinking.
I know that a lot of folks out there say a big ole ‘boooo’ to juice because it doesn’t have fibre, and some people say it’s unhealthy because it has too much sugar. Well, I say try it out and make up your mind. Personally a glass of juice every few days provides me with this next-level sensation I cannot find elsewhere, no matter how many bowls of banana ice cream I consume. I judge things by how they make me feel and using that method, I judge juice very nicely. I used to make super sweet juices (100% pineapple mmm) but gradually my taste buds have matured and now they’re cool with mostly veggie juices, sweetened just with carrots or beets (sometimes a tiny bit of apple or pineapple because I do have a sweet tooth at heart, and that’s never goin’ away MKAY)
I have recently gotten into juicing cabbage. So good. And when you do it with purple cabbage HOLY the colour is crazy gorgeous! I always throw in a chunk of ginger too because it basically is the holy grail of disease-fighting foods. Celery is another great one, it’s super hydrating and detoxing. Same goes for parsley… and cilantro… and lemon. And do I even NEED to explain why spinach is good for us? I think we are past that. I hope.
I also used to drink huge glasses of juice but I have come to understand I don’t need that much to get the glow/benefits. I make a 500ml glass (2 cups) of juice a few times a week and that’s enough pour moi. Everyone is different so as usual I simply recommend ya do what works for YOU. By the way, if you don’t know if you love juice or not yet – and thus don’t have a juicer – you can simply blend up the ingredients then strain. Although at this point I’d probably just add a few bananas and some coconut milk and call ‘er a smoothie. But that defeats my ode to juice as written above… so I will stop typing now.
MY BASIC GREEN JUICE RECIPE for CLEANSING YOUR BOD
4 stalks celery
2 cups parsley or cilantro
3 cups spinach
1/4 cup pineapple
1 tablespoon chunk ginger
Wash everything, then juice it all and drink. WOO! If it’s too tart, add an apple or more pineapple, but eventually I guarantee you’re gonna grow to love the flavour without any extra sweetness.