Lean Green Juice

IMG_2733 (2)The Day 2 Breakfast recipe I made from The 22-Day Revolution is Lean Green Juice. The ingredients listed in the book are:

  • 4 stalks of kale
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 2 Granny Smith apples (cored)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 pitted dates
  • 1 frozen banana

I used fresh lemon from the little Meyer Lemon Tree my aunt gave me. It’s a “miniature” plant that I have growing in a container on my patio, but the fruit is regular size. The first time I made this juice I prepared it exactly as described. It was very tasty. The second time I whipped it up, I substituted Star Fruit for the apple just because I have a ton of Carambola in my yard. Also very tasty. Thumb up on this recipe, which can be a healthy meal-replacer if you’re trying to lose weight.

Strawberry, Blueberry, Apple, Banana Smoothie/Shake

IMG_0865a smoothieToss them all in a good blender; add water and ice; blend until smooth. If you prefer a shake, replace the water & ice with ice cream and/or milk. You can use dairy milk/ice cream or soy or nut—whatever your preference is. Use fresh or frozen fruit, with no added sweetener. This is naturally sweet! It’s great for breakfast or as a “pick-me-up” during the day. I made this at my sister’s house in Maryland, for her family. That’s their yard in the background.

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Apple/Parsley Juice

IMG_0787It’s time to use some Parsley from my plants! In South Florida and mild climates, Parsley is a perennial herb that can continue growing for 2 or 3 year. I think the best variety to use for cooking and juicing is the flat-leaf kind. Plant 3 plants in a box container or in the ground. The Parsley stems that have reached approximately a foot tall can be harvested. Cut the leafy stems from the base. This will help the plants continue growing bushier. The parsley can be used fresh, frozen or dried. For the following recipe, use fresh or frozen parsley and a strong blender, rather than a juicer. I use a Vitamix Blender.

Recipe: Core & de-seed Apples. Fill blender half-way with Apple. Fill the other half of the blender with the Parsley. Add enough water for the blended juice to get to desired consistency. It should be sufficiently blended to the consistency of juice–cloudy in color but not “pulpy”. Enjoy! This is a sweet drink that is also nutritious. The Apple is high in anti-oxidants and the Parsley helps protect against inflammatory problems.

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