Can you juice your way to a well rounded diet that includes leafy greens?
Katy Salter from The Guardian put juiced greens to the test for a week and says that “my new green juicing habit is here to stay.”
In the article she discusses the most important parts of juicing and how to get the most benefit from it. If you’re a regular reader here you already know that the best and most wholesome juice comes from masticating juicers instead of from their more common centrifugal counterparts.
While you’ll still get plenty of nutritional benefit from a centrifugal juicer, the slow pressing action of a masticating juicer will help you to extract as much juice as possible from your leafy greens as well as to help preserve their nutrients by slowing down the process of oxidation.
What’s even more important to note is that a centrifugal juicer isn’t designed to process things like broccoli and kale. As a matter of fact, if you put broccoli or kale in a centrifugal juicer you wont get more than enough fluid to coat the bottom of your glass.
But you’ll get more than three times the juice if you use a masticating juicer. While centrifugal juicers are great for things like apples, celery, and carrots they don’t do a good job at all with things like spinach and wheatgrass.
Katy also learned the hard way, the same way that I did, that having a diet that consist solely of juice will have you in and out of the bathroom so many times during the day that there will be cause for alarm. “I spent the day hovering between the sofa and loo” as she put it. Why can’t us Americans use the word loo more often?
She also noted just how much fiber you’re missing out on by juicing your vegetables instead of using a vitamix to emulsify them into a drinkable state. While I do like the idea of emulsifying my kale, I also have a lot of trouble choking it back in that state. And if I can’t handle the consistency of my drink I’m not going to stick with it.
She mentions a recipe that I am going to try this evening, after I drag myself to the grocery store to pick up a couple ingredients I don’t usually keep on hand. It’s called Alka Green and it’s part of a premade line of juices from Radiance Cleanse in the UK. It includes courgette, spinach, broccoli, fennel, apple and lemon. I’m not even sure what courgette is or if I can even get it here, but I love trying new things and I’m not afraid to make a sensible substitution.
She makes some other great points as well. Check out her full experience here.