Over the weekend, Steve and I watched a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, in which the overweight narrator chronicles his mission to improve his health through a 60-day juice fast. Highly recommended, and if you live in Richland County, they have the DVD at the library. (At least they will after we return it.)
Anyhoo, one of the recipes featured in the film is a creation of Phil Staples, one of the people the narrator meets during his quest to lose weight and start feeling better, called Mean Green Juice. For some reason I couldn't find the recipe on the movie website, but a Google search brought me to the blog of someone also undergoing a juice cleanse, and the blogger very helpfully provides the recipe here. After seeing the movie and the impressive results achieved by the narrator and others, I figured it was worth my while to at least try out the juicing thing and start with a recipe from the movie. As luck would have it, Steve inherited a juicer from an aunt who died a couple of years ago, so it was simply a matter of buying the ingredients and getting started.
I'll admit that I never really had any interest in juicing before watching the movie because it looked like more trouble than it's worth, and I'm not really into vegetable juices anyway (except for using V8 to make Bloody Marys). I mean, if I'm too lazy to deal with the cleanup from making smoothies or daiquiris, why bother making a juice drink that I can buy at the store?
Well, as it turns out, it's really not that bad. All I had to do was learn my way around the juicer, figure out how thinly the ingredients need to be sliced in order to fit through the chute and then take the juicer apart to clean it afterwards. Steve was very helpful with all of the above, and the resulting juice was pretty decent. I used a little less kale than what the recipe called for, just because the bunch that we had only added up to nine leaves and I made a double batch so that Steve and I could both have some. All the other ingredients were in the same proportions as the recipe. The smaller amount of kale may or may not have made a difference, but the result was very appley. I'd actually consider having this for breakfast some time, even though I don't normally consume green things first thing in the morning.
So now I know one juice recipe that I like, and I'll be trying my hand at some others in the near future. If you have a juicer collecting dust like we did, break it out and give juicing a whirl!