Last summer, the Curly-Haired Chick and I were sitting on the couch perusing Netflix when we saw – under the documentaries heading – the film Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. Being the information junkies and food lovers that we are, our interest was piqued…so we watched.
It is a very compelling story of transformation that echoed a lot of the other things we’d been reading and learning. We were inspired to get a juicer and start mixing up better health one glass at a time.
Our first juicer was a clearance sale unit of questionable lineage. It was cheap and did a good job, but the motor blew out after about two months. For its replacement, we decided to follow the example from the documentary and get a Breville Juice Fountain. We were blown away by the beauty and quality of the machine. It was fast, slick, and awesome.
The more we read and considered, however, we wondered if a high-speed centrifugal juicer – like the Breville – was the best match for what we were trying to accomplish. We wanted to maintain the highest level of integrity in the nutritive value of our juice, and higher speed can lead to higher heat which can cause greater oxidation. So, I consulted with my friend Web who owns an amazing juice shop in Ashland, Oregon called NW Raw. He wholeheartedly recommended a masticating juicer, so we bought an Omega NC900. It is exactly what we were looking for.
We tried many different juice recipes. It’s incredible how many different fruit and vegetable combinations you can concoct. The Curly-Haired Chick quickly fell in love with the basic Mean Green recipe from the film, and it – along with Mojo Red – forms the go-to list of our juice journey.
The ingredients in this juice are nutrition powerhouses. Kale is a fantastic source of calcium, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A and C. Celery contains carotenoids like lutein which promote eye health and may help reduce risk of developing certain cancers. Cucumbers contain phytosterols which are shown to help lower cholesterol levels, as well as electrolytes like potassium which are important for keeping blood pressure in check. On top of all that, this juice tastes great. The Curly-Haired Chick says her body craves Mean Green when she doesn’t have it for a few days.
The awesome thing about juicing is that it’s the perfect chance for you to tweak recipes. Take out some ingredients that you’re not crazy about and add in some that fascinate you. Every combination is interesting and many are downright delicious. Use Mean Green as a solid foundation to craft your own unique blend.
- 4-5 stalks fresh kale
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 inch of ginger root
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
- 4 stalks celery
- Wash and prep your fruit and vegetables. I peel only the lemon. The cucumber, apple, and ginger, can all keep their skin on.
- Feed the ingredients into your juicer in the order shown. I use an Omega masticating juicer and absolutely love it. I’ve found that starting with the leafy greens, then moving to soft fruit or vegetables, and finishing with the tougher celery stalks is a good way to maximize juice yield.
- Raw juice oxidizes quickly, reducing some of the health benefits. We store juice in glass mason jars and use it within a day or two of making it.
- Chill and enjoy!