One of the best things you can do for yourself health-wise is to make your own healthy veggie green drinks and vegetable juices from a mixture of fresh organic vegetables and sprouts…and drink a glass every day. Depending on the vegetables you include in your green drink, you will detox your organs and alkalize your blood, creating a strong internal environment that will eradicate acidosis and protect you from various diseases, returning your body to balance and good health.
Ideally, use a power vegetable juicer, available at many health food stores or in stores that carry small appliances. The best juicers run at a low RPM and prevent oxidation during the juicing process. Veggie juices made with a slow juicer keep their nutrients and enzymes longer and can be stored in the refrigerator for about 24 hours, unlike fresh juices made with a high speed centrifugal juicer. Certain juicers are better at juicing different types of vegetables and fruits, such as wheatgrass versus root veggies, for example. Research before buying to ensure you get the best juicer for your dollars and your health. In the absence of a power juicer, make a veggie green drink in the blender, but expect the consistency to be more like a smoothie than a juice.
Choose your fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, and wash first. Soak them in a sink full of filtered water and a cup of organic apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes to remove dirt and wax. Include the following veggies in your green drink. Choose vegetables that you like and don't be afraid to try something new. Just a small amount of a different vegetable or fruit can make the difference between liking or not liking the taste of a veggie green drink.
Try this group of vegetables and adjust the amounts according to taste. Sunflower and alfalfa sprouts, 1/2 red pepper (remove seeds), collard greens or maybe a touch of mustard greens for zing, stalk of celery, handful of parsley, 1-2 medium carrots, spinach, 1 pickling cucumber without the wax coating and with the peel left on, kale and 1 apple with stem and seeds removed.
Vegetable Juices in a Power Juicer
If using a vegetable juicer, place the veggies one by one into the machine and use as directed by the manufacturer. Remember to leave the skins and peels on because that's where many of the nutrients are located. The juicer removes seeds and skins leaving you with a refreshing, veggie green drink.
Vegetable Juices or Smoothies in a Blender
If using a blender, place the heavier veggies like the carrot and pepper in the blender with a mall amount of clean water, not from the tap. Blend slightly and as you continue to blend add other vegetables and more water a bit at a time to your green drink until it is the consistency you like. This version makes a more robust vegetable juice texture-wise and either version is wonderfully healthy. Remember to remove seeds, stems and other tough fibers and skins before placing vegetables in the blender.
Making a Veggie Green Drink Ritual
Ceremonialize your time making and drinking your special health elixir with a special glass or mug you use only for this purpose. Chill the glass before serving and make a ritual of taking some time for yourself when you drink, even if it's only a few minutes for relaxation.
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