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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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I hope you have all done swell during this time of change and growth for me.  For my first recipe back I want to make you my go to green juice.  Well, I wish I was making it for you (and I will be if you show up at the American Heart Association Walk this Thursday in Bridgeport, WV!).  Today, on the last day of summer I want to share with you this nutrient dense, chlorophyll rich drink. 

I know its a little cliché for a health coach to give you a recipe for a green juice but right now I am pretty hooked.  I go through phases with green juice (and you may too).  I start to crave them when the summer heat moves in.  Especially, when I am traveling and not eating quite as healthfully.  In the winter they make me too cold so I rarely feel the need for them and reach for warmer nourishing soups and stews instead.  I am hopeful that we will have a little more warm weather (I’m sure you guys in the south will) so I can keep whipping these up in the mornings.  I love this recipe because it is full of chlorophyll from the greens, the apple adds a slight sweetness, the ginger gives it a nice little kick and the lemon cuts through it all perfectly!

 

There are many beneficial nutrients in freshly made juices.  They contain loads of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, plant-purified water, phyto-nutrients, chlorophyll and more!  As a rule try to make your fresh juices with mostly veggies.  When you juice fruit you end up with a lot of sugar.  An 80/20 ratio is a good rule to follow. 

We got a new juicer as a wedding gift this summer (thanks John!) and I absolutely love it!  It is an Omega J8005 Masticating Juicer.  It takes a little more time to prep than my old centrifugal juicer but it is easier to clean and there is less oxidation, which means more nutrients.

 

This recipe should work with any type of juicer just had to share a little love note to my omega in case you are in the market for one!

Would you like to see more juice recipes on the blog?  Do you have a favorite green juice? Feel free to share it in the comments below!

Health, wealth and green juice,

Crystal

Revitalizing Green Juice
Makes about 16 oz.**

INGREDIENTS

1 lemon

1 apple

1 inch of ginger

1 cucumber

5 to 6 Kale leaves (about half a bunch)*

Small bunch of parsley (about 1/4 to 1/3 a full bunch)

INSTRUCTIONS

 1. Wash and prep fruit and vegetables to fit in your juicer.

2. Put everything through the juicer.

3. Pour into a glass (I usually use our nicest wine glasses :) and enjoy!

Notes: * any type of kale will work.  I like to pick out what looks best at the farmers market or grocery store but Lacinato or dinosaur are my favorite. **Size varies based on produce and juicer so you may get more or less. This could be one or two servings.  I usually split it with my husband but it could be a large single serving too!  

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