If you're looking for a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients all concentrated into one glass with your morning oatmeal (here's a good place to start for that!), take it from us--there's no better way to get your greens than in one glass of juice at the start of the day. For starters, the kale we love to use is a non-fat vegetable that is loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants; kale also has a higher concentration of calcium than drinking milk, and it's packed with vitamins that are known for enhancing skin and improving vision. The parsley, while a strong flavor, is worth the taste, as this herb has been known to lower blood pressure with regular consumption. Making parsley a regular in your diet is a great way to add extra vitamins and minerals while promoting healthy circulation.
So while juicing does take a little bit more time if you're going to make it from scratch, it is more than worth it. This recipe can be used as more of a guideline depending on your own personal tastes. For instance, if you're prefer different varieties of kale or if you would want the juice to be a little more or less sweet, there is some wiggle room. That being said, here is the Locals roadmap for creating one of the healthiest wake-me-up's imaginable!
A few simple steps:If you're using a juicer, there is really no rhyme or reason to putting the veggies through; however, those not using a juicer should be able to make a similar product using a blender. While the consistency would demand adding water, you would get a similar result with more of a smoothie consistency. A few notes on the veggies: a couple simple tweaks can really make a big difference in the final product. For instance, juicing the stems of the kale adds quite a bit of bitterness to the juice, but the stems are also concentrated with a ton of nutrients. Some people prefer to leave them out, but a good way to compensate is by adding another apple. Apples add quite a bit of sweetness to the juice, and for inexperienced juicers, they can be a great way to offset some of the stronger flavors coming from the green veggies. Additionally, when it comes to juicing the lemon and lime, there are a few options. If you're using organic citrus, you can slice up the lemon/lime, rind and all, and put the entire fruit through the juicer. However, if your citrus is not organic, we would recommend slicing off the rind before putting the fruit through (non-organic rinds tend to carry quite a lot of pesticides so it is in your best interest to remove it before juicing). For organic lemons and limes, juicing the rind along with the fruit will make the final product a little more bitter and quite a bit pithier, but there are a lot of great nutrients that you should definitely consider including. Celery is also a great addition to any juice, because while its flavor is strong, it is not so overpowering that you can add more stalks if you're looking to make a greater volume of juice--because celery is mostly water, juicing additional stalks adds quite a lot of extra juice to the final product!
When all the vegetables have been put through the juicer, it sometimes helps to use a spoon to scrape some of the lingering juice through the strainer. Oftentimes a lot of juice gets stuck behind the layers of foam that gather in the strainer, so you'll get a little more juice out of it with this last simple step. These juices are best when consumed immediately, but it can be saved up to 3 days in a covered container in the fridge.