September 5, 2014 9

Classic Green Juice Recipe + some green-juice tips!

My go-to, classic green juice recipe.

Classic Green Juice Recipe | My go-to, classic green juice recipe made from greens, celery, cucumber, apple and citrus. And some tips on how-to make the best green juice.

Udi’s Gluten Free asked me to share my gluten-free story with their Community. Thank you Udi’s Gluten Free for sponsoring this post.

Before going gluten-free I was a mess. I was struggling both physically and emotionally, but I wasn’t letting on to that very easily. I was seemingly self-assured, happy and social. I excelled in school, I was a leader, I never had a problem making friends. But on the inside I was anxious, depressed and irritable. These emotional struggles were only the beginning.

Physically, I suffered from stomach aches, gas, bloating, acid reflux, general fatigue, and debilitating canker sores. The canker sores were unbearable, by far the worst out of all the ailments. By now I was in my mid-twenties and I really needed to figure out what the hell was going.

I was working as a special education teacher and I noticed a lot of my students were on specialized diets. Gluten, corn, sugar, dairy, dye, preservative free, etc. I approached my physician about removing gluten from my diet, and together we decided I should go for it. I tried it out for about 6 months and I felt okay, not great, but definitely an improvement.

I found it hard to commit to a zero gluten diet. And would cheat occasional. This yoyo gluten-free diet eventually landed me sicker than ever. And I knew a lifestyle change was imperative. I starting replacing refined glutenous foods with naturally gluten-free grains like brown rice and quinoa. I removed all preservatives, dyes and chemicals. I started drinking green juice and eating a largely plant-based diet with Chris.

I finally started to feel better. Unfortunately though since I already removed gluten from my diet getting a celiac diagnosis would be almost impossible. I opted for a celiac gene test. And while possessing a gene doesn’t necessarily guarantee a diagnosis, you cannot develop the disease without one. My results were positive – which I consider to be pretty telling. So I eat and live like any celiac would. Gluten-free, always.

So what does drinking green juice have to do with a gluten-free lifestyle?

Everything. To maintain optimum health I strive to do drink one green juice a day. When you drink green juice you’re flooding your body with chlorophyll and alkaline rich foods. Chlorophyll, the stuff that makes plants green, has been shown to increase red blood cell count, improve circulation, calm inflammation, oxygenate the body and counteract those harmful free radicals that are lurking about.

Classic Green Juice Recipe | My go-to, classic green juice recipe made from greens, celery, cucumber, apple and citrus. And some tips on how-to make the best green juice.

Are green juices the same as a green smoothies?

No. Green smoothies are blended beverages, made by combining green leafy vegetables, fruit, ice and other plant-empowered protein based super-foods like chia, hemp and flax seeds. Green juice is when you run your vegetables and fruits through a juice extractor, leaving the juice and removing the fiber.

But isn’t fiber good for you? 

Yes. But when you remove the fiber you’re lightening the load on your digestion. These nutrients are able to pass directly into the bloodstream, and within minutes our bodies receive optimum fuel to feed our cells and help restore our immune systems.

Green veggies are great and everything , but I love fruit. Can I juice fruit? 

Yes, but in moderation. Too many fruits will result in a very sugary juice, this will spike your blood sugar promoting fat storage. The base of your juice should be leafy greens and low-sugar veggies like cucumbers and celery. Shoot for around 70% green vegetables. Also worth noting root vegetables like beets and carrots are very high in sugar and should be used sparingly.

What’s the best juicer for me?

There are two types of juicers. Centrifugal and masticating.

Centrifugal juicers utilize a fast-spinning metal blade that cuts the vegetables at a high speed, while separating the juice from the fiber. They can generate some heat and excess oxygen, creating some destruction of the enzymes in the fruits and vegetables you’re juicing. This juice is best to drink immediately. But it can be stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. I use the Breville 5-Speed Juicer and I highly recommend it. Especially for beginners and first time juicer-buyers.

Masticating juicers or cold-pressed juicers, are typically more expensive than centrifugal juicers. They crush and then press the fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. This kind of juice takes a much longer time to make, but the product is of slightly higher quality. This juice is best to drink immediately, but can be stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Can I drink already made green juice from the store?

Maybe. They’re often loaded with fruit and light on veggies. Sometimes they even contain added sugar, stabilizers, preservatives and dyes. Read your labels, and do your research.

Classic Green Juice Recipe | My go-to, classic green juice recipe made from greens, celery, cucumber, apple and citrus. And some tips on how-to make the best green juice.

Classic Green Juice Recipe + some green-juice tips!

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Serves 15 ounces     adjust servings

If you don't want to peel your citrus you could squeeze the juice in by hand at the end. Serve the juice immediately or store in an airtight container in your refrigerator {for up to 8 hours for centrifugal, and 24 for cold-pressed juice}. Drink your green juice as a snack with some healthy fats, like a half an avocado or a handful of nuts in order to maximize vitamin absorption.

Ingredients

  • 5 stalks of kale
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1/2 cucumber, peeled
  • 1/2 apple {or pear}
  • 1/2 lemon {peeled}
  • 1/2 lime {peeled}
  • knob ginger {optional}

Instructions

  1. Run the kale, celery, cucumber and apple through your juicer.
  2. Then the lemon and lime.
  3. Serve immediately with or without a handful of ice. Or store accordingly.
Classic Green Juice Recipe | My go-to, classic green juice recipe made from greens, celery, cucumber, apple and citrus. And some tips on how-to make the best green juice.

This post is sponsored by Udi’s Gluten Free; all opinions are my own.

9 Responses to "Classic Green Juice Recipe + some green-juice tips!"

  1. Reply

    Milli | Add A Little

    September 5, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    I totally agree with everything you said. I don’t think gluten-free is just some ‘new wave diet’, I actually think its a way of life that makes you feel so much better. Not just confident about your body but also mentally – I have so much more energy and I’m a much happier person!

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      November 2, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Hey Lorena!

      The short is answer is – YES. I don’t eat a lot of processed foods where “can contain traces of gluten” would be an issue, but I am very cautious when it comes to that kind of stuff. Because I get ill when I eat gluten, I avoid anything questionable.

      Hope this helps + good luck on your wellness journey.
      xo sherrie

  2. Reply

    Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation

    September 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I stumbled onto your blog via Instagram. Glad I did! Wow, what a blog entry – written from the heart. It must haven taken you so long to put all of this together and it is much appreciated as it makes for a beautiful read. I personally don’t have any problems with gluten, but I know it’s quite hard on the gut (and brain) for loads of people, so this post served as a wonderful reminder. Thank you.The green juice looks to die for. I agree, lots of shop juices are fruit-heavy, which is a shame. Though I appreciate that for many this is their first step into the world of green juices. Thanks again for sharing and I look forward to reading your future posts.

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      September 8, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      I’m so glad you found me, xx.

  3. Reply

    Janelle

    September 7, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    I too cut out gluten before getting tested for celiac, and now I don’t want to go back to eating it in order to get tested. I regret that somewhat, but at the time I just needed to figure out what to do to feel healthier. And I was more than happy to throw gluten out the window when I realized that was the key (for me). Thanks for sharing!

  4. Reply

    Sherrie

    September 10, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Hi Stella – Thanks for your question, I can see how it’s worded a little confusing…so eating beets and drinking a moderate amount of beet juice is an excellent way to cleanse your liver. However drinking excessive amounts of beet juice can be too harsh on your liver to process, because it is working extra hard. I hope that clears it up!

    Thanks for reading :))

  5. Reply

    Kati

    December 7, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    I loved reading your story! I’ve been gluten-free for a year and a half now and although I’m still facing some health issues, I’ve seen a huge difference. Can’t wait to peruse your blog some more.

  6. Reply

    Wendy

    September 27, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Wow – nice blog! I have been diagnosed with celiac disease for six years now, and am corn, soy, and lactose intolerant. I feel lazy, brain fogged and weak. I’m going to try juicing to help get vitamins and minerals. Thank you for the inspiration! – Wendy

    • Reply

      Sherrie

      September 28, 2016 at 7:42 AM

      You’re welcome Wendy, and I’m so glad you found me! Get those nutrients flowing girl, xx.

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