Friday, January 13, 2012

SuperHeroes Drink Juice for Breakfast

Drinking fresh juice is a totally transcendent way of getting a direct and pure infusion of minerals and vitamins. I am not talking about bottled juice that has been pasteurized- I'm talking about juice you've JUST made from fresh ingredients in your kitchen. Juice loses a lot of its potency when it sits for long periods, and especially when its pasteurized. Yuck. Freshly made juice has the most kick in the first 15 minutes after you've made it. It contains live enzymes, sensitive vitamins and minerals and antioxidants that go directly into your body rather than being complicated by excess fiber, fat and protein. For this reason, it's best to drink juice at least 2 hours after eating solid foods and 15 minutes before eating solid foods. Naturally, the morning is the best time. There has been revolutionary work done by people like Max Gerson (The Gerson Therapy) and Gabriel Cousens (Tree of Life) using fresh juice as a base to heal degenerative diseases like cancer.

In the evolved food pyramid, greens replace grains at the bottom. They are the foundation of our everyday diet. Greens are the one food we can eat all the time. Consuming them in juice form brings their cleansing and nutrifying properties directly into our systems. You WILL feel high after consuming green juice.

In my most recent workshop, we learned how to make green juice in a blender. Even though we have two juicers in our cabinet, I prefer to use the blender method for greens because I find it gets way more out of the juice, and there's less to clean.

Green Juice
1-3 handfuls of greens (dandelion greens, parsley, kale, cilantro, cleavers, mint, mustard, hairy bittercress, broadleaf or narrowleaf plantain, chickweed...)
enough water to blend

Put greens into blender and add water. Blend for a minute or so- as finely as possible. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or a piece of rough cloth. You will have a smooth juice of the plant that is bright green. Reprocess the pulp with another batch of water and another strain to really get your money's worth. Go for it.

Here's the recipe for one more blender juice that's a little more sophisticated than the one above. I made it today, and it's actually the inspiration for this post. I had the realization when drinking it that it is incredibly tasty. Beets have a red pigment that is an antioxidant, along with having lots of great nutrients.  The turmeric and ginger add to the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory power, the lemon helps alkalinize your body (counter intuitive, but true), and the cayenne drives it all home by expanding your capillaries for maximum absorption (and may make you cry). This is a great recovery tonic if you've been feeling under the weather--especially congested or sore.

Red Juice
1 small beet, sliced
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
fresh turmeric (if available), sliced. Omit if you can't find it fresh.
fresh ginger, sliced
1 Tablespoon of raw honey (optional)
pinch of cayenne
2 cups water

Add everything to the blender with ONE cup of water (or as much as it takes to get a good blend going) and blend for a minute or so. Strain the whole mixture through a fine strainer (or cheesecloth, or rough cloth). Put pulp back in blender, add one more cup water, repeat. Drink half now and the other half later.

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