Last summer some friends recommended that we watch the “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” documentary. The film follows a man who is very unhealthy due to his poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. He set out to regain his health by drinking only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days straight. During the filming of the documentary while meeting all sorts of people across the country, he stumbles upon a trucker with the same issues he has. He too commits to the strict diet of only fruit and vegetable juice in hopes of making a lifestyle change. The transformation that takes place is nothing short of UH-mazing! I definitely recommend watching this film, it is VERY eye opening.
While I doubt I’d drink straight fruit and veggie juice for 2 months, adding just one large glass a day to my regular diet has major benefits. I also have two toddlers who don’t do “green” on their plates. I’ve caught myself bribing them to eat their broccoli and asparagus. Bad parenting 101, I’m sure. I figured if I could get them to think “green juice” was cool, I would be able sneak in some veggies to their diet without them realizing it!
Now, to find a juicer! I purchased the Breville Juice Fountain Plus. It was also the one used in the film. There are tons of juicers out there, but this one was in my price range and the reviews I read were great. It’s almost been a year and have nothing but love for my juicer!
I try and stick with mainly green veggies to keep the sugar content down. When I want something refreshing a combo of apple, orange and carrot is delish! The staple around our home is a variation of the “Mean Green”.
Mean Green Juice Recipe
What You’ll need:
- 3 Large Handfulls of Spinach
- 3 Stalks of Celery
- 3 Green Apples
- 3 Red Apples
- 1 bunch of Kale
- 1 Cucumber
- 1 Lemon
I soak all of the fruit and veggies for five minutes in our sink full of cold water with a splash of Veggie Wash that you can find online or in any produce section. After five minutes of soaking, I swish it all around then use a colander to rinse of any excess residue or dirt left on with more cold water.
Once it’s all rinsed thoroughly, it’s juice time! I juice them in the order that I listed. The leafy veggies, then fruit, more leafy veggies & end with fruit. The fruit cleans the sifter inside the machine. When I’ve done too many leafy veggies without a ‘fruit wash’, it has backed up on me. This method prevents any extra mess.
Before I got the hang of it, juicing felt like a chore. I am now able to quickly put together enough juice for the whole family within 20 minutes. Including cleaning the juicer, which I suggest you do right away. The longer you take to clean all of the parts, the more the pulp sticks and you will be scrubbing longer. Once the last apple is juiced, voila, Sarah’s Mean Green Juice is ready for consumption!!
The taste is surprisingly nice! Don’t be intimidated by the mean greeness of it! Juicing helps you absorb all of the raw vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and nutrients from the fruits and vegetables. I can totally feel the difference when I drink a large glass of this Mean Green. I have tons of energy, and feel better inside and out. Even the toddlers approve!!
Cheers to a healthy you!!