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.
Aubrey West @ Healthy Easy Recipes
I am so curious about the taste of this one. I hope I could find time to try this healthy easy recipe of yours. Thanks!
Hi my partner says by adding apples to vegetable juice that it will ferment in the gut. I was also told you different enzymes to digest the fruit and vegetable in the juice. Please what is your opinion, many thanks Cheryl.
Hi Cheryl, your partner is right when you’re talking about eating fruits and vegetables. (Keep in mind that greens are not classed as vegetables, they are of the blossom family so that’s why it’s okay to mix greens and fruits in a green smoothie). The reason it’s not good to mix them when you are eating them is that fruit digest faster than anything else, when mixed your digestive tract has to slow the digestion down to the rate of the most time-consuming food. That means the fruit (which ferments easily) will start fermenting before it’s through the digestive tract. But with juice you don’t have the fiber to slow down digestion. It’s the fastest an easiest thing to digest, so it’s okay to mix fruits and vegetables and greens in a juice because it will zip through your digestive system so quickly. However, for that same reason it’s recommended to drink juice on an empty stomach and not have it with other food. If you have a vegetable & fruit juice on an empty stomach by itself that should be no problem. Try it and see, trust your body. But everything I have read, and my own experience supports that.
I tried this green juice yesterday. However, I put the ingredients in my Vitamix instead of the juicer. The recommendation of a 1/2 lime with the peel is too much. The juice was overpowered by the lime. Maybe it made a difference because the peel did not go through the juicer. I think it would have turned out fine had I removed the peel or used less. I’m going to try this one again with less lime, peel removed.
Hi Debbi. Yes for sure I think your lime was too overpowering because the Vitamix would pulverize the peel, whereas I put the peel through my juicer but it ejects the actual peel and I only get the juice. I think your plan to use less lime and remove the peel will probably work.
Lovely juice. it really is delicious. I peeled the lime and it was perfect. Thanks!
This recipe sounds good, but using that many apples gives it a ton of sugar! I’m not diabetic, but I watch my sugar intake.
Hi Deana, I don’t actually like sweet apples, which do have tons of sugar. That’s why this recipe uses green apples, which don’t have as much sugar. This is a nice, tart, refreshing juice.
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