Green juices help to alkalinize the blood, which is essential to good health, especially if your diet otherwise tends to be acidic. Add to that the enzymes and nutrients that are packed into a glass of fresh raw juice and there's no good reason not to incorporate juicing as part of your daily routine, especially when they taste as good as this.
I love most vegetables, I can eat salad bowl-sized salads in one sitting, but there is still no way I can eat as many vegetables in a day as I can consume when I juice them. And even though I know the importance of chewing food thoroughly, until it's liquified, I can't do as good a job as my juicer does. So now that I have a juicer in my life again, I'm falling in love with juicing like never before. And it's energizing me.
There is an abundance of fennel growing wild where I live. There are some plants on the side of my house that are taller than me! So I decided to harvest some today and add it to my usual green juice base of green apple, cucumber and celery. I was afraid the fennel might overpower the other ingredients, but it didn't, it was just perfect. The lime balanced out the fennel and the ginger gave it a bit of a kick. Try it and let me know what you think.
Ingredients (all organic where possible):
- 5-6 small green Granny Smith apples (or equivalent)
- 2 cucumbers
- 4-5 sticks celery (including the leaves)
- 1-2 large handfuls of fennel (okay to include the stems)
- 1/2 lime (make sure it's organic or at least unwaxed and include seeds, peel, everything)
- 1 piece of fresh ginger about 1 inch long
Slice cucumbers if necessary to fit into your juicer and juice, along with lime. Roughly chop the fennel, and celery if necessary (I find it helps prevent my Champion juicer from clogging up), and run celery through the juicer first. Remove apple steps and cut up the apples if necessary to fit into your juicer. Then use the apple to push the fennel and ginger through.
Drink as soon as possible after making. It's nice over ice, at room temperature or refrigerated.
Makes about 1 litre/1 quart of juice.