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DSC00048MEAN GREEN:

1 Bunch of Kale (preferably organic). $1.89

4-5 Stalks of Celery. $0.50

1 Cucumber. $0.80

1-2 Granny Smith Apples. $0.50

1 inch of ginger. $0.15

Total: ~$4. Makes a little over two full glasses.

Optional additions:

1 Bunch of Collard Greens. $1.89

1 Bunch of Spinach. $1.00

Mean Green is my go-to. I think it tastes the best and I try to have one every day. It has the most appetizing “Incredible Hulk” green color compared to other recipes that generally turn into different shades of brown.

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TIPS:

  • For beginners, stick with using 2 apples to help sweeten the juice. The tartness of the Granny Smith helps cancel out the earthy flavor of the vegetables. It will take some getting used to, but in the end I think you’ll get hooked!
  • Spinach and celery has a more neutral flavor and can be added to any combo of veggies.
  • Try adding a squeeze of lemon or lime to help get rid of the veggie taste.

ABC (Apple, Beet, Carrot)

1 Apple

1 Beet

3-4 Carrots

Other vegetable options:

  • Chard
  • Bell Peppers (an acquired taste. Tastes spicy.)
  • Cabbage
  • Parsley (pairs well with carrots)

Try mixing it up and see what you like the best!

AVOID JUICING:

  • Cruciferous Vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower)
  • Mustard Greens (makes it taste like wasabi)
  • Bananas
  • Garlic or onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Too many fruits or carrots

WARNINGS!

  • Be careful not to juice too many fruits or carrots. Fiber helps regulate the fruits’ sugar absorption by the body. However, since the fiber is stripped during the juicing process, the high sugar content found in fruits and carrots is left unchecked and may disturb blood sugar balance and cause a spike in insulin levels.
  • Limit the amount of beet intake to 1 every few days or so. Beets contain the antioxidant Oxalic Acid, but too much Oxalic Acid may contribute to the formation of kidney stones.
  • Beet juice might turn your poo and pee red. You’re not bleeding, relax.
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