This morning’s juice was inspired by the morning thirst I likely gleaned from a dusk high interval swim in Mississippi Lake last night. And, if I am truthful, it was also motivated by a fridge declutter process this morning and discovering greens and herbs I wanted to use up, namely arugula from our local Carleton Place Farmers Market (which I love to go to every Saturday morning) and cilantro.
Note that the fresher the ingredients, the more nutrient-rich your green drink will be (think enzymes and electrons).
- 1 bunch organic arugula
- 1 bunch cilantro, leaves and stems (but not roots)
- 1 English Cucumber
- 1 bunch of organic celery
- Place 3 stalks of celery around the greens and push gently through the juicer. Add the remaining ingredients to the juicer – that’s it! Drink and savour your juice and clean your juicer ASAP.
- N.B. Cilantro gives such a delicious flavour to a green juice. Arugula may not be for the novice yet as it has quite a bite but give it a go! Alternative low oxalate greens are dino (lacinato) kale, romaine, mixed red/green lettuces, and collards. If you suspect an oxalate issue, please avoid the very high oxalate greens: spinach/swiss chard/beet greens.
Personally, I understand that when you juice, you are introducing oxygen and with that brings the potential of oxidative damage from free radicals. The sooner you drink the juice, the less time for oxidative damage i.e. maximizing the benefits and minimizing the negatives of juicing. I savour it on my back deck and enjoy the view.
I also compost my juice pulp immediately too as I find it will bring an unwanted odour to my kitchen. As a raccoon or some nocturnal animal learned how to dig up my plastic composter last summer, I just throw these into the forest behind me (and earth my way barefoot there).
I rinse all the parts and use a brush to clean the mesh basket (approximately 1.5 minutes) so it is all done in 3 minutes (usually while I am drinking my first few sips of juice). I usually air-dry the pieces too, sometimes even on my deck – cleansed by the sun. Once a year, I take an abrasive cloth and clean the mineral deposits from inside my juice collector. All this to say, don’t let others that believe it is so much work to clean a juicer deter you from getting one.
Why drink a green juice?
There are just SO many reasons that I have decided that this should be my first blog article, be sure to check it out.