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Sarah's Green Juice
Sarah's Green Juice
Photo by Sarah Bittner

It’s a new year and that brings about many resolutions to get fit and healthy. One way to increase the amount of nutrients you get is to juice. The idea behind juicing is that you cram a ton of fruits and vegetables into a glass of homemade juice to maximize your daily intake. If you were to sit around and eat as many vegetables and fruits as you could, you probably wouldn’t be able to eat (or probably wouldn’t want to eat) as many as you could drink in a juice. The concept is explained and illustrated very well in the 2010 documentary, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” The documentarian, Joe Cross, and his protégé, Phil Staples, went to the extreme of only consuming homemade juice for months due to an autoimmune disease the two men had in common. However, if you’re looking to stick to your New Year’s resolution of getting fit and healthy, incorporating juicing into your regime as either a meal substitute or just a daily addition is a great place to start.

You can find a variety of juicers at every price point on the Internet. While Cross preferred a Breville juicer in the film, this Hamilton Beach juicer is less expensive, works just as well and is backed by Consumer Reports.

There are tons of juice recipes on the Internet. Joe Cross has many on his website. Dr. Oz also has a fair share. In addition to just juicing for general health and wellness, you can find recipes for specific ailments such as joint pain relief or clearer skin.

This is a basic recipe similar to Joe Cross’s Mean Green Juice:

Sarah’s Green Juice

Yields about 64 ounces of juice

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen pineapple

2 cups frozen mango

2 tablespoons flax seeds

2 cucumbers, cut in half

3 green apples, cut in half

3 clementines or nectarines, peeled

4 stalks celery, cut in half

6 kale leaves

2 inch knob of ginger

Directions:

Defrost the frozen fruit (not all the way, just enough to get the frost and ice off) and toss into the blender with the flax seeds. Juice all the rest of the ingredients using your chosen juicer. Pour the juice until it just covers the fruit into the blender. Blend until the frozen fruit is smooth then add it all together in a juice container with a tight-fitting lid so you can shake it all together.

Note: The juice will separate once it has settled so storing it in a container with a lid allows you to shake it well before each glass.