This is my absolute favourite juice of the moment. If you can get organic produce, so much the better. Otherwise soak your fruit and veg in a basin of water with 2 tbs of vinegar for half an hour and give them a good scrub to remove some of the weedkiller and pesticide residues. You need a masticating juicer like the Samson from http://www.juicers.ie for juicing leafy greens.
Makes approximately 250ml
1/2 cucumber, including skin
3cm cleaned or peeled ginger root
2 celery sticks
3 kale leaves (optional)
Large handful baby spinach or green cabbage leaves (stalks and all)
Juice 1/2 lime or 1 dsp fresh lemon juice
Optional (for sweetness): 1 small apple, skin and all
Optional (for sweetness): A few drops of stevia to taste (see my “larder & shopping” section on this blog) to sweeten
Why this recipe is good for you:
Because its contains ginger, lemon/lime and lots of magnesium-rich chlorophyll (greens) this will turbo charge your liver and aid detoxification. The natural enzymes in the raw, fresh juice aid digestion and help reduce inflammation in your digestive system, joints and more. Vegetable based juices are much more beneficial than fruit juices because they are lower in sugars. Large amounts of sugars (even from natural sources like fruit) slow liver function and aren’t conducive to 100% health.