Renewed Interest – Drinkin’ my Energy

My wellness habits occur in cycles. I don’t do this on purpose, but I tend to stick to something for a while, and then move onto something else. One thing that keeps coming up over and over is green juice. My weekend of juices in NYC (not all green) made me crave more when I got home. Man, it is so much easier to buy juice than to make it—and that is one of my sticking points to stay in the habit of juicing everyday. It just takes a while to do, and cleaning the juicer is not exactly what I would call fun.

Ready for the freezer!

However, in Natalia Rose’s newest book, Detox 4 Women, she proposes to make larger batches of juice and then freeze it (it’s not pasteurized so you can’t just leave it in the fridge for a few days). I decided to do this because I don’t want to make juice everyday, and anyplace local that makes juice puts too much fruit in it (for me).
The benefit is simply that you are intaking energy in its purest (almost) form. I tell people that drinking fresh juice (especially veg/green juice) is like drinking energy straight from the sun—only it’s better because it has other phytonutrients and enzymes and things that make your body thrive and it prevents disease. If you drink it in the morning instead of eating a regular breakfast, you’re also giving your body a break from the hard work of digestion (benefit: more detox, cell repair, and metabolism support). But, it’s not always convenient to do juicing yourself, and Wegmans misses the point with green juice by adding cider and pineapple (which, by the way, should only be added to juice if you’re drinking it immediately because the enzymes in pineapple digest the nutrients in the greens—so if it sits in the fridge or on ice in Weg for a few hours, you’re not getting the best benefits…and cider and pineapple add lots of sugar, which is not ideal either).

Yesterday, I juiced together:

a big hunk of ginger
2 limes
1 bunch of parsley
1 bunch of celery
1 bunch of kale
6 small granny smith apples (these are low sugar, and the best apples to juice b/c they don’t spike the glycemic index)

Everything was organic except the ginger.

I dumped this in smaller batches through a mesh strainer (my greenstar juicer produces an awesomely smooth juice with an essentially dry pulp byproduct and no wasted liquid, but the juice is a little foamy) into my large vita-mix container. It made a full 64 ounces, so I gave it a whirl (aerated it a little…or really just combined any leftover foam), and then poured it into 12 ounce jars. I drank some and froze some.

I’ll let you know how this all works out!

14 thoughts on “Renewed Interest – Drinkin’ my Energy”

  1. So glad you posted this! This is why I don't juice every day…dragging out the juicer and all the crap from the fridge and then cleaning it all mid morning for 1 glass of juice. I'm gonna do this today. Is there any reason you're freezing in glass rather than plastic?

  2. It also stresses me out to have all that “stuff” to juice going bad in the fridge because I planned on juicing everyday but then didn't do it!
    I used glass because I like it better, but plastic would work fine too. I just have a thing with plastic in general and not being sure about what is leeching into my juice, depending on the container. I have these really great plastic containers that are meant for freezing, so I'd be ok with something like that—but plastic not specifically made for freezing isn't something I would use (when you change the temp drastically, it's more likely to start breaking down–heating it is worse though).
    Let me know how it goes for you—I took out some last night and put it in the fridge for today, and right now it's green slush.

  3. See, this is why you can't stop blogging! This post solves so many issues…all that kale taking up a shelf in the fridge and skipping it altogether and “cheating” by just shaking up some Miracle Greens powder.

  4. lol, right. I tried to post something that was actually useful info!
    I really dislike the green powders, so I'm looking forward to this freezing method.

  5. How interesting about the pineapple! I'm sad that I still have not purchased a new blender, so I've been going without smoothies since May (it may not be juicing but smoothies are better than nothing, right?)! Sometimes Wegmans in Geneva doesn't have the Green Tea and Acai juice I like, so I've been getting the Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness smoothie… and sure enough, I went to check the ingredients while reading your post… and the first thing listed is pineapple juice!

    Maybe all Geneva really needs is a juice bar… thought I heard someone talking about that once… 😉

  6. Pineapple in something pasteurized wouldn't matter—the pasteurization has killed the enzymes in the pineapple that break down nutrients. That doesn't mean that drinking pasteurized stuff is bad—its just not the best option. You can still get nutrients, etc. This is leading me to another post topic though…the topic of fortification. I'll get into that soon 🙂
    A juice bar would not make it in geneva! I love the idea…but I don't see it flying…

  7. Oh oh. Right. We've talked about that before. I miss my blender.

    As for the juice bar… who knows. If someone did that along with a proper yoga studio I think it would definitely work.

  8. Question…should I assume that you wait for the frozen juice to thaw before you drink it? If so, about how long does it take? Are you thawing in the fridge or just have it sitting out on the counter? Love your blog BTW! I am starting the Clean program tomorrow and loath the idea of the constant juicing!

  9. Hi Karyn,
    Good question! That's right—I take a juice out of the freezer before I go to bed and put it in the freezer, and then hope that it's thawed out in the morning. Usually it takes longer than 8 hours—sometimes up to 12 (I think it depends on what is in the juice, how thick it is, etc). The standard time is usually close to 12 hours, and it can still have a chunk of ice floating around in it then.
    I think it would be ok to leave it on the counter—I wouldn't say this about meat, but with juice, you could shake it up every once in a while and this would keep the temp (cold) distributed evenly and also help it to thaw faster. I haven't done that yet though—usually I just put it in the fridge and then go to bed!
    I hope you'll keep me posted on the Clean program—good luck!

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