Within a naturopathic program green juices help to detoxify and alkalise the body and can help to reduce sugar cravings. Green juices are rich in chlorophyll and are packed with many nutrients like beta carotene, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, calcium, magnesium and essential fatty acids.
It is not necessary to have a juicer to make a fresh green juice. The following recipe explains how to make a simple green juice without a juicing machine. A blender and muslin cloth is all that is required to make these simple green juices.
1-2 cups of fresh green leaves such as romaine lettuce, spinach, watercress, rocket, kale
Fresh lemon (optional)
¼ tsp butter ghee (clarified butter)
Muslin cloth (30cm X 30cm) or a nut milk bag
- Place green leaves into a blender
- Add enough water so that leaves blend to a smooth paste with pouring consistency.
- Blend until smooth
- If using muslin cloth, line a strainer with the cloth and place a bowl beneath. Pour the blended ingredients through the muslin cloth and then gather the cloth up so that you can squeeze the remaining juice out into the bowl below.
If using a nut milk bag, place a bowl beneath the nut milk bag and pour the blended ingredients into the bag. Squeeze the bag to release the juice into the bowl below.
- Pour the strained green juice into a glass and taste. If the juice tastes bitter add some lemon juice which helps to counteract any bitterness.
- Melt the butter ghee in a little hot water and stir into the green juice. The fat soluble vitamins from the butter ghee will help the absorption of minerals contained in the juice
The basic method for making green juices can be expanded to include fresh green herbs (parsley, coriander, mint etc) and other green vegetables like (celery, mange toute, cucumber, broccoli etc). Place these in the blender with the green leaves and blend until smooth before passing through muslin cloth. A little fresh ginger may also be added which has an interesting pungent flavour.
Barley Grass and Wheat Grass
If you are able to grow fresh barley grass or wheat grass then these may also be juiced using the blender and straining method described above.
Have you ever see green powders in health food shops? These powders usually contain dehydrated barley grass and wheat grass. Useful and quick for having a green juice when time is short or you are on the go. Just add a teaspoon of dehydrated barley or wheat grass powder to a glass of water and drink. A little apple juice may be added if a sweeter taste is preferred.