A few years ago I bought into the juicing craze and purchased my very own Jack LaLanne juicer. After a few weeks of religious juicing I realized that I was doubling my grocery bill with all the fresh produce I was buying, and the juicer was quickly relegated to the back of the cabinet. Now that the weather is warming up and I am getting outside and exercising a bit, I have pulled the old Jack LaLanne back out and have been experimenting with some recipes for energy and weight loss.
Leafy greens are a great base for any juice recipe because not only do they pack a nutritional punch per-calorie, they are high in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll make leaves green and helps them to absorb energy from the light, but in the human body it helps to replenish red blood cells, which increases energy. (Source: energiseforlife.com)
Kale is an excellent choice for juicing because since it is more fibrous and stiff it stand up well to the juicer, and it is a very nutritionally dense food. According to WebMD one cup of kale contains 33 calories, 206% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, and 684% of the RDA for vitamin K. It’s also full of nutrients and minerals. When juicing kale it is best to remove the leaves from the stem, because the stem can have a very bitter taste. The following are three if my favorite recipes for juice that give me energy, but aren’t high calorie.
Clean Green Juice
2 green apples
6 kale leaves
1/2 lemon, peeled
Add kale to the juicer first, then run the rest of your ingredients through. Enjoy right away.
The Green Pineapple
1 green apple
6 kale leaves
Run kale through the juicer first, then the rest of the ingredients. Drink fresh.
Carrot Kale Juice Ingredients: 2 large carrots 1 green apple 6 kale leaves Run kale through juicer first, then the rest of the ingredients. Drink fresh.