Juicing for Health and Energy

by Louise McLeavey
(New Zealand)

Q: If I'm in a hurry and don't have time for lunch which vegetable or fruit recipe or both is good for me to keep going till dinner?

A: Hi Louise! No time for lunch? Well, I'm not sure just one juice would keep you full until dinner. You'll have to test some out for yourself.

Any juice you pick will pretty much keep you satisfied the same. I happen to think that carrot juice keeps me full longer then some other juices.

If you're looking for a juice to keep your energy high, shoot for vegetable based juices. And green juices will give you the most energy. Any type of green, lettuce, kale, cilantro, parsley, spinach...all of these will boost energy.

Oh yes, and don't forget the wheatgrass. Adding wheatgrass to any juice recipe will give you great energy.

Try these recipes to keep you going:

This one has greens and well balanced nutrition to keep energy up.

  • 3 kale leaves

  • 1 lemon, peel ok

  • 2 green apples

  • 3 celery stalks

  • 1 tiny knob of ginger

This one is a classic but makes you feel great. Parsley will really give you a spike of energy(it's my go to favorite for energy), so mix it with any veggie juice to give you stamina.

  • 4-5 medium sized carrots

  • 1 apple, cored

  • a few sprigs of parsley

Another good idea would be to make a smoothie mixed with juice. This will really give you energy and keep you satisfied until dinner.

  • 3 frozen bananas

  • 1/2 cup of fresh almond milk

  • 2 dates

  • a large handful of spinach or kale

  • optional: a sprig of parsley

Blend together. It's best served immediately, but will keep for a few hours in the refridgerator if needed.

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Mar 22, 2013
THANKS for the Basics!
by: Bonnie

Thank you so much for covering basic stuff and leaves vs. handfuls vs. cups, etc.! I know I can find apples small enough that 3 fit into my palm and so large that one can barely balance!

Our neighborhood fruit marketer was teasing me yesterday, "You growing Easter Bunnies with all the celery and carrots the last few weeks?" "No, but maybe healthier kids as I learn to use the good stuff you have here!"

I got to tell him all about your site! There's a preschool teacher shops there he wants to tell about you! :)

From Vanessa: Bonnie, Thanks so much! It makes me uber excited inside to know that I've helped you.

Apr 10, 2012
But they cut them
by: Cheryl

That would be nice if it wasn't chopped up. That's why I can't determine how big a leave is.

From Vanessa: Okay, that makes sense, that would be a hard one then. I think you'll just have to eyeball it, maybe a small handful would be the equivalent? I wouldn't worry about it too much as a little more or a little less won't mess up a recipe too much!

Apr 07, 2012
Getting the kale in
by: Anonymous

Thank you Vanessa, glad to see you are here to help me understand. I'm very new to Juicing, i.e. a month and I'm so happy to have found a site that is interactive. I had purchased a bag of kale that was already chopped up so I didn't know how much that would be when I grab a handful in relation to what whole leaf is.

Apr 06, 2012
Kale Leaves vs Loose Kale
by: Cheryl

When a recipe calls for 3 Kale leaves, how much is that when you purchase a bag of Kale?

From Vanessa: Hi Cheryl, When you buy a head of kale it usually has 15-20 (at least) kale leaves. It really depends on the type, the grower, how big it got before the cut it for sale...but you'll definetely have enough to do a few juices or smoothies. When I talk about kale leaves in my recipes, I just mean a whole peice of kale approximately the size of your hand. I don't know the techinical term, but kale does grow in large "leaves" so that's what i'm referring too. If you buy a whole bag of loose kale each individual peice would be a "leaf" in my mind!

Hope that helps!

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