Here is the perfect green summer juice for those last days of sunshine, inspired by my visit to SanDiego (after tasting my friends super green juice!) When you add in the icecubes it makes a refreshing summer drink that’s probably about a 100 times better for you than that orange cordial!
So I wake up early on Thursday morning to a little voice upstairs saying “juice, juice!”. Which is apparently how most mornings begin in the Dorfan-Toker household. I am staying with one of my bestest friends in the whole world (she literally lives round the other side of it, so as you can tell, we’re pretty close…thank goodness for whatsapp!)
My friends husband and their two kiddies (2 and 6 years) started doing a super green juice in the mornings about 6months ago and since then their 2 year old won’t let them get get away with not making it!
So I propped my self up half asleep by the kitchen counter and watched as their little boy (Matai) was happily helping dad feed the masticating juicer with a fantatsic mix of fruits and veg including some very dark a leafy kale! Matai is cute as a button and the fact that I was being made a super nutritious juice by a 2 year old was just awesome!
Once they were done we were all handed a cup of juice. It had been sweetened just a little by some apple, pear and plum but the main bulk was a lot of green veg! Then to my amazement the kids just slurped their veg juice down and then moved on to what they were going to have for breakfast. I was just in absolute awe at this point, seeing how my friends had integrated such a great healthy ritual into their kids lives at such an early age. It’s so inspiring. I don’t have any children but if I do some day, I think this has to be the way forward. I hear that getting veg into your kids diets can be a little tricky but introducing things like juice and not relying on other foods being super sweet from the very start seems like a great start!
Now you may have noticed by now that my juice is a lot lighter than theirs. This is mainly to do with the ice but it’s also to do with the juicer. I own a Sage nutri juicer, it had great reviews and also happened to be the juicer used by Joe cross (the guy from the movie “Fat, sick and nearly dead” a good watch if you’re interested in juicing). However, what I noticed between their masticating juicer and mine was the look of the mulched veg. It generally looked the same but in mine I would get the ocational lump of veg that had just whizzed by the blades, this is also much more noticable when you put in something leafy like kale.
The masticating juicer breaks down the plant fibres by chewing and grinding (we all agreed it sounded a bit like a cow chewing grass) before it extracts the juice with pressure. This means that you get a lot more from the juice (especially the kale, making their juice really good and dark green) along with it being a much quieter process. There is also an issue with the high speed juicers like mine creating a little heat (which I have noticed before) and this can start to cook the veg a little which is not what you want in a raw juice!
The green veg gives you a massive shot of antioxidants and vitamins and the chlorophyll pigment in dark leafy greens may reduce the risk of deleloping certain types of cancer. The greens also have a great alkalising effect on the body which helps prevent disease including cancer by helping keep your body more alkaline and can also be extremely beneficial if you suffer with thrush (just make sure to keep the fruit content as low as you can to avoid feeding the candida!
My friends prep their fruit and veg the night before so its a fairly quick process in the morning before school. So if, youre inspired to make a super healthy green juice in the morning or you want a refreshing summer drink to take out into the garden then check out the recipe below!
- 4 sticks of celery
- 4 large romain lettuce leaves
- 50g kale
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- 1/4 carrot
- Wash all the fruit and veg and add to the juicer as per your juicer instructions for fruit and veg prep, size and speed setting.
- Fill a glass half full with ice and then pour over the juice.
- Add the carrot sparingly at the end of the juicing and see how the colour is. It can make it a little brown so its best to put it in a little bit at a time!
If juice isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something a little thicker, try my Super Green Breakfast smoothie