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Morning Green Juice
1 apple
1 pear
1 lime
1 small piece of ginger (about an inch cube)
1 handful of spinach
half a bunch of kale
2 large carrots
1 sweet potato

I throw everything into my Breville juicer and have the healthiest breakfast ever in less than a minute. It doesn’t look the prettiest, but I promise it’s delicious!  You can throw almost any kind of fruit or vegetable into the juicer, no exact recipes required.   Beets, broccoli, oranges, lemons, watermelon, cucumber, celery, etc.  Wash all fruit and veggies very well before juicing, but you don’t need to peel them (except foods with toxic peels like oranges) or remove stems.  We choose organic as often as possible for produce.  For a list of the Dirty Dozen (food to always choose organic, being the most contaminated produce), check out EWG’s list here.

I did learn that not all juicers can juice all fruits and vegetables, for example, my beloved Breville is a centrifugal juicer, so I can’t juice things like wheat grass that requires a masticating juicer.  And soft fruits like bananas need to be pureed, not juiced, so save them for smoothies. To learn more about the kinds of juicers out there, check out this article: http://www.harvestessentials.com/whatjuicisri.html.

You can drink the juice on its own or throw it in a blender to make a smoothie with bananas, frozen berries, coconut water, coconut oil, raw cacao powder, vegan gelato, cinnamon, Vega protein powder, nuts, seeds, non-dairy milk…. there are endless combinations.

I’ve certainly found that I have more energy on days when I have green juice for breakfast. My kids happily drink green juice too, so long as there’s not too much ginger.  If you haven’t juiced vegetables before, you’ll be surprised at how sweet they get when you juice them, so there’s really no need to add sweetener.

To learn more about the benefits of juicing, check out Kris Carr’s amazing book Crazy Sexy Diet. You can also read this article on her site about the benefits of juicing.

Update August 18, 2012: I am submitting this recipe for the Wellness Weekend blog party, which links vegan recipes with whole unprocessed food.  I would say this is the healthiest recipe I’ve posted so far!

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