Lunchtime Juice Recipe: Swiss Chard, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber and Apple

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For the last 3 weeks I have been participating in a 8-Week Health Challenge. The challenge includes forming better daily habits such as, not eating sweets, drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day, being active for a minimum of 30 minutes per day (I’ve been trying for an hour), eating a total of 5 servings of fruits & veggies each day as well as a few other goals. I’ve decided to revert back to a mostly Paleo diet, as that worked for me two years ago and with that, I started juicing again.

Juicing is a fantastic way to get vegetable and fruit servings in, as well as a very healthy way to blast your system with easily digestible vitamins and phytonutrients (a beneficial substance found in plants that is believed to help prevent diseases). I like to juice at least a couple times a week over lunchtime. It’s always surprising how filling the juice is and what an energy rush I get from having it.

Here is the latest juice I made and it was so tasty I had to share it on the blog.

Organic Ingredients:

  • 2 Carrots (rich in vit. A, C, K, B8 as well as folate, potassium, iron, copper and manganese)
  • 1 Apple (rich in antioxidants, as well as a great source of vit. C)
  • 3 Celery stalks (a wonderful source of vit. K, A, C and also contains folate & potassium)
  • A Bundle of Swiss Chard (a great source of vit. A, K & C as well as potassium, iron & magnesium)
  • 1 Whole Cucumber (full of vit. K, C, B1 as well as copper, potassium, manganese & biotin)

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Don’t forget to add some water to your juice and mix well before drinking.

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The juice turned out to be a dark brownish green (not the prettiest juice I’ve ever made), but the flavor was wonderful and all of the ingredients complimented each other well. No one ingredient overpowered the others.

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One tip I have is to line your juicer “waste bin” with a plastic bag. The pulp will gather in the bag for a super quick clean up.

To see what other healthy meals I’ve been eating over the last few weeks, check out my Instagram. To see my other favorite juicing recipes, click here.

All products used in this post were generously provided by Lakewinds Food Co-op.

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Your New Favorite Wake Up Juice

This is a great juice to start the day with and absolutely my favorite tasting homemade juice so far!

Pineapples (pH 3.20 – 4.10) are delicious, but a little too acidic for me to enjoy as a stand alone fruit in a cup.  Nutritionally they aid in the bodies digestion and elimination because of their acidic make-up, which closely resembles the human gastric juices.  They are also very juicy, if you catch my drift.

Pears (pH 3.50 – 4.60) are also helpful for digestion/constipation as well as they keep your thyroid and metabolism in check. They contain more pectin than apples do which reduces serum cholesterol and cleanses the body of all sorts of nasty toxins from the environment.

You may be as surprised as I was to learn that although oranges (pH 3.00-4.34) are a great purifier for the body and an excellent source of vitamin C (water soluble), they lose all of their vitamin C content within 1/2 hour of being squeezed!  Yet another reason to make your own juice and drink it right away!  I typically fresh squeeze one orange and fill the rest of a small glass with water for my son every morning.

The ingredients:
(makes one large glass)

1/2 Pineapple
1 Pear
1 – 2 Oranges
top it off with a little water (approx 1/4 cup)

Grapefruit – Carrot – Ginger Super Juice

Grapefruit (pH 3.00 – 3.75) has cleansing qualities that break up fatty build up in your arteries and flushes it away.  The acid that does this you cannot find anywhere else.  Not only that butgrapefruitcarrotgingering this citrus friend of ours has proved to one of the most valuable fuits that aids in the removal of inorganic calcium that may have formed deposits in the joints (arthritis) as a result of over consumption of white flour and pasturized milk products.

Carrots (pH 4.55 – 6.10) are amazing at cleansing almost every system in the body while delivering an array of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to cells giving them the fuel they need to wash away all the yucky stuff and rebuild healthy cells.

Ginger also has an array of digestive benefits and healing qualities as well has tastes great!

The result: one very tasty detoxifying juice!

The ingredients:

2 Grapefruit (skinned)
4 Carrots
Chunk of Ginger

Quick Tip:  Peeling grapefruit can be very time consuming and discouraging for use in juice recipes.  You could use a citrus juicer to get the fresh juice and then add that to the “juiced” ingredients OR simply cut off the skin and add it to your power juicer with the other ingredients.  I prefer cutting the skin off as it literally takes a fraction of the time (20 sec) it would to hand squeeze and I don’t have to wash up the citrus juicer!

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5 Star Beet Juice

If you are like me, just thinking about beets makes you lose your appetite.  But because beets (pH 4.9 – 6.6) are one of nature’s best bodily cleansers and provide the following healthy benefits I decided that it would be worthwhile to incorporate them into my juicing regimen.

  • dissolve and eliminate acid crystals from the kidneys
  • eliminate blood toxemia
  • enrich the red corpuscles (building strong blood)
  • detoxify the liver and gallbladder
  • eliminate pocket acid material (what?) in the bowel
  • the list goes on and on…

Lucky for you I’ve already done the hard work of taste testing multiple recipes before landing on one that was borderline yummy.

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The ingredients:
(makes 1 glass)

1 small beet
1 orange (skinned)
1 apple
2 carrots
2 celery ribs
chunk of ginger

Quick Tip:  Peeling oranges can be very time consuming and discouraging for use in juice recipes.  You could use a citrus juicer to get the fresh juice and then add that to the “juiced” ingredients OR simply cut off the skin and add it to your power juicer with the other ingredients.  I prefer cutting the skin off as it literally takes a fraction of the time (20 sec) it would to hand squeeze and I don’t have to wash up the citrus juicer!

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3 Day Reboot and beyond (Kris)

For anyone considering a reboot I would highly suggest being open to extending your fast beyond day 3 if you find day 3 tolerable. Three days is the minimum after all.

Since I found day 3 to be so much better than day 2, I decided to keep going and see how many days I could make it. Besides, I had most of the makings for some great juice still in the icebox. Well, I made it for 7 days and I have to say I could have gone longer, but I had a lunch meeting and a happy hour coming up and I didn’t want to go to happy hour my first day off the fast.

Day 4, 5, 6, and 7 were unbelievably easy for me. I had no hunger episodes and actually only made juice twice most days. I did find a great recipe for beet juice that I could actually drink without wincing and had plenty of energy to work through the day.

My first meal was at a lunch meeting, I had a spinach salad. Very yummy, my only regret is that I think I ate it like a huge, starving pig and possibly impacted the appetite of my lunch partner, ha!

My 3-Day Reboot (Kris)

Since I have a juicer, I also decided to do a juice “reboot”.  I’ve always wanted to, but what really made me decide to do it now was the fact that lately I have really been ignoring my #1 goal which is healthy living.  Primarily eating poorly, drinking alcohol, staying up too late, not getting exercise, yadda, yadda…

On Monday I stopped the alcohol and cut back on coffee.  Tried to eat “better”.

Tuesday was preparation day for the upcoming fast.

The following is my account of the three day juice reboot…

Pseudo Day One (Wednesday)

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Mean Green Ingredients

8a – I started the day drinking a cup of hot water w/ lemon squeeze.10a – Prepared and swallowed the Joe Cross’ Mean Green Juice, not bad. I was cooking for my son (JZ) and decided to make Chicken Noodle Soup for such a cold, dreary day.  I ended up having a little just to make sure it was edible.

12p – ½ cup of Chicken Noodle Soup.

2p to 3p – Napped.

3p – I enjoyed another cup of hot water w/lemon.

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Mean Green Ready!

4:30p – I made a big glass of the Cabbage Rose Juice (not bad at all)

For dinner I had made New Orleans Beans and Rice so I tried a little tiny bit of that and then had a bowl of popcorn with JZ while watching a movie.

Day One (Thursday)
9a – I started the day with a fantastic grapefruit/carrot/ginger juice.  Good start!  Feeling good and well rested!

12p – I finished what was left of the morning juice.  Still yummy!

That afternoon I took a nap with JZ and tried to drink water.  I was definitely struggling to get down water that day.

3p – I woke up and JZ was still sleeping.  I was starving and I could feel my stomach was really needing something.  This can’t be good.  I realized I should have had juice BEFORE the nap.  Now I don’t want to run the machine and wake up JZ – whoops!

4p – I make the JC’s Mean Green Juice – not tasting good right now – YUCK!  I still drank it.

That was it for the day.  Going to bed early… I’ll get through this… right?

Day Two (Friday)
9:30a – A very tasty pineapple/orange/lime  Juice was slammed.

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Leafy Green Ingredients

NOTE:  Don’t share leftovers with anyone!  It’s best just to drink your glass and then put the rest in the fridge to finish up a little later.  That way you don’t have to make juice EVERY TIME you get hungry.

2p – I had bought beets (which I don’t like) so I figured I better try something with them in it.  I made a Leafy Green Juice from my Juicing Bible.  It was okay.  A little foamy for me, but I downed it.

3:30p – No nap on this day and I ended up getting freakishly hungry midafternoon.  I was crazed, thinking about eating all kinds of yummy foods.  Pretty sure my body and mind were scrambling to figure out what the heck was going on.  It felt like an addiction craving, which it probably was… to bad food.  I have heard that your body needs to adjust to new sources of nutrition??  Maybe that’s what was going on??  Oh yeah, and I was absolutely freezing!  Yes, it is winter in Minnesota, but we do have heat.  I couldn’t shake the cold.

4p – I walked to the store to get some more veggies and to take my mind off of the hunger and get some movement in to hopefully warm up.  On the walk I started feeling what might be the beginning of a headache.  Not good.

4:30p – Steph told me that you could eat an avocado and it didn’t count against the diet, so I had half of an avocado.  BEST avocado ever!!  Thank you!!

6p – Made a Mean Green combo drink with kale, romaine, cucumber, apples, carrots, celery, ginger.  I was good enough and I read a book and went to bed early.

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Mock Bloody Mary

Day Three (Saturday)
9a – I made the best juice of the 3-day journey!  Orange/pinneapple/pear.  I think I slammed it.  Steph says you need to drink them slowly.  Whoops!

I was feeling much better on day 3.  I never did get a headache the night before, probably because I took it WAY easy.

2p – Steph came over and we made a mock Bloody Mary juice with tomato/celery/jalapeno.  We added some celery salt to the rim to really make it feel like the real thing.  The juice was surprisingly good.

Although I felt good, I was kind of living in a cloud.  My mind was foggy, almost like I was a little buzzed.  Not good, not bad.  We both were feeling pretty good and decided to head out to the health food store for supplements and ingredients for making lotion!

5:30p – I made the same Mean Green combo drink I had last night.

Day 3 was much easier – food did sound pretty good that day, don’t get me wrong, but nothing compared to day 2.

Preparing for the all Organic Reboot (Kris)

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Soak 5 to 10 minutes.

I spent the day focusing on drinking water and purchasing the boat load of fruits and veggies I would need for the juice fest that was about to begin.  For meals I enjoyed a delicious Healing Cabbage Soup prepared by my mother and had a nice big salad right before bed!

The Juicer:  I’m using the Breville Compact Juice Fountain.

The Produce:  What I bought: head of green cabbage, 2 heads of celery, head of romaine lettuce, 1 bunch of spinach, 2 bunches of green kale, granny smith apples, 3 danjou pears, 3 small beets, 3 red grapefruit, 2 large cucumbers, 0.3lbs of ginger root, 2 mangos, 2lbs of carrots, 4lb bag of juicing oranges, 2lb bag of lemons, and a pineapple.

Keep in mind that I buy only organic produce all of the time, I was pleasantly surprised at how little the bill was after a cart full of organics was ready to be made into some delicious concoctions.carrots

Total cost:  $83.00 – I also had limes, tomatoes, a jalapeno and some green apples at the house so I didn’t include them in the list above.

Preparation:  I immediately cleaned all the veggies as a time saver for later.  Vinegar will kill all the contamination and bacteria on the produce, so I soak everything in a cold water/vinegar bath for about 5-10 minutes, scrub (carrots, celery, cucumber), rinse, then lay out to dry.  Carrots need to be very dry for proper storage so I soaked and scrubbed them first then let them sit out until everything else was washed and put away.  To store, I lay everything out on paper towels, roll them up, and keep inside of a plastic bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.

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