Green Juice Juicing Tips Google+0Facebook1Twitter0Pinterest1LinkedIn0The fresh juice movement is in full force and you’ve heard all about its myriad benefits from your friends, your colleagues, and of course, Oprah. But a juicer machine and taking the time to juice is quite an investment, and you want to try it out before you dive in. If you’re on the fence about juicing, one of the easiest ways to see if it’s right for you is to simply try it! Whereas you’ll need a proper juicer to juice the widest range of fruits and veggies, you can make some juices without a juicer. And what better way to find out whether juicing is for you than by enjoying a few glasses of deliciously fresh juice? How to Make Juice Without a Juicer Most of us have a blender or a food processor sitting pretty somewhere in our kitchen cabinets. Grab it now as it’ll be the primary component for juicing without a juicer. – What you’ll need: a blender or a food processor a fine mesh strainer or a nut milk bag fresh fruits and veggies For this experiment, I’m going to whip up a batch of parsley-mint juice, inspired mostly by a parsley sale in my hood. I couldn’t resist and wound up with a huge bag of the stuff. I use fresh parsley in a lot of my green smoothies, so I figured it’d be gone by now. It’s not. I sort of…forgot about it and now it’s on the brink of committing mass suicide. The good news is that I’m in love with liquid chlorophyll so the extra greens presents the perfect opportunity. You see, the stuff’s kinda price-y (around $15 for a bottle at Amazon), so when I get the chance – like now – I make it myself. I think it’s better, too, since the liquid chlorophyll sold in stores usually contains no magnesium – substituting sodium and copper instead to make the formulation more stable. Getting chlorophyll directly from plant sources means I can have my cake magnesium and eat it too. In case you’re wondering what the big deal about chlorophyll is, find out! Note: If you also choose to juice parsley and mint, please don’t drink this straight. It does not taste that nice. I’m going to use this parsley-mint concoction – aka my ‘liquid chlorophyll’ to add a greater boost of greens to every other juice I make over the next day or two. – What you’ll do: Blend. Place all fruits and veggies to be juiced into a blender or a food processor and blend ’til it’s all crushed up and smooth. Note: You might want to add a little water to help the process along. Strain. Strain the blended goods through a fine mesh strainer (you can also use a nut milk bag for this). Stirring the mixture and pressing down on it with a spoon or spatula helps extract every last bit of juice! Voila! C’est Fini. See that swirling green stuff… That’s the chlorophyll. Now that you got your lovely green juice, go ahead and store it in the fridge (in an air-tight container) and use it whenever you want to. Shake well before use and add it into juices, smoothies, or even for one of the liquid chlorophyll uses below… So What Exactly Can You Use This Green Juice For? Of course you can drink it – either as a juice or in lieu of water in a smoothie – but that’s not all you can do with green juice… 1. As an Internal Deodorant Did you know chlorophyll is a natural deodorizer? It not only masks odors, but it works to eliminate them. Still, you probably don’t want to rub the stuff all over your pits – green pits, ew – but taking a few tablespoons of liquid chlorophyll daily will help stop body odor – and bad breath – from the inside out. This might be a bit TMI, but I really believe this works as it’s been a long time since I’ve had any body odor. Even after an intense yoga class or when I’m hiking in extreme heat. The only thing I use apart from regular juices (with something green every day) is a mineral deodorant which I only spray once in the morning, if I remember. I really think it’s the green juice doing its job. 2. In a Foot Soak Why stop with the pits? Add a splash of this liquid chlorophyll to a foot soak to relieve sore – and even stinky – feet. Try: a basin filled with hot water, grated ginger, mint, liquid chlorophyll and a mini handful of Epsom salts. 3. Facial cleansers I use cleansing powders or grains to clean my face with, which means they usually need a “wet” base. Water works fine, but when I can, I usually opt for a slightly fancier option like yogurt or aloe vera juice or green juice. And when you’re ready to get started juicing for real – you’ll want to check out the best juicers for leafy greens so you can make yourself higher quality green juice 🙂 4. 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