A few days ago I asked for help with fixing leafy greens. Joanna suggested juicing them, and I found a recipe and tried it today. The juice was thick; I thinned it with water until I could drink it. It tasted pretty good, if you like v-8 juice. The color was problematic: it was a very deep green (a beautiful shade) which clashed with my mental or cultural taboo on drinking deep green liquids, LOL. It was a lot easier to get my leafy greens for the day in juice form, though, than putting them in salad. Here is the recipe:
Combine in a powerful blender or Vita-Mix:
1 c leafy greens (any combination of kale, watercress, chard, cilantro, beet greens, collards, escarole, dandelion, or mustard greens)
4 sprigs parsley
2 green onions
2 slices red bell pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
juice of 1/2 lemon or 1/2 lime
filtered water to thin juice
salt to taste
Blend until liquefied; drink immediately.
It makes about 8 ounces of juice, and that is with me adding a few ounces of water to thin it to juice consistency. Also, after tasting it, I added a little salt, which I thought helped bring out the flavors.
My friend Nancy also suggesting cooking leafy greens like wilted lettuce on the stove; I am going to try that with the collards this weekend.
This is my fifth day on the seven-day preparatory diet; I was miserable for four days with caffeine withdrawal, but feel great today. (I am drinking Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea in the morning instead of coffee and like it a lot; other teas I discovered I like are Stash Licorice Spice and Tazo Wild Sweet Orange. Yes, I like the sweet teas; I had to put cream and sugar in my coffee too.)
I find that after I get in all the veggies and fruits I am supposed to have to support my liver, I am usually full. So avoiding the liver stressers like sugar hasn’t been too hard; I haven’t been hungry. Even though I am not on the diet to lose weight, and I gather most people lose weight on the one-day juice fast, I have already lost three pounds. Yay! A little detoxification bonus.