This delicious greentini collard and kiwi juice from Blythe Metz is a juice treat is a healthy replacement for a wine or cocktail over the holidays.
Collard Greens - Loaded with alkalizing chlorophyll, antioxidants, vitamin K, and omega-3s, collards are anti-inflammatory avengers, combating bacteria, increasing enzyme activity for detox and digestion, oxygenating the blood, and aiding circulation. Push the entire stalk (ribs and all) through the juicer. Apple, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, and grapes help to temper any bitterness.
Kiwis are packed with Vitamin C (even more than oranges), and are rich in lutein, a potent antioxidant. Phytonutrients in kiwis protect cells from oxidative damage. Kiwis add a nice, bright tropical flavor with a mild sweetness. Kiwi pairs well with apples, lemon, lime, grapes, and pineapple. Peel kiwis before you push them through the juicer, and to get the most bang for your buck, alternate pieces of kiwi with high water content fruits like lemon, lime, cucumber, and apple.
Cucumber - This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.
We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.
Celery - Alkalizing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and loaded with nutrients: essential amino acids, tryptophan, vitamins A, B complex, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine and copper, celery is also effective against respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma, and helps lower blood pressure. The organic sodium and potassium in celery make this juice a great post-workout refresher that helps replace electrolytes. It’s also a natural laxative and diuretic, supporting bowel and kidney health. Celery is a cooling vegetable, and we work it into our juices to take advantage of the rich mineral content and natural calming and sedative properties. We like it just as much, though, for its great flavor.
The natural salts are more abundant in the leaves, so when juicing celery, push the entire stalk (leaves and all) through the machine. That will yield a tangier, more savory juice. Celery makes a nice addition to almost any mix, especially juices made with leafy greens and other vegetables. As it sits, celery juice tends to get more assertive flavor-wise, so it’s best enjoyed right after it’s made. If you’re not using immediately, chill it, sealed up, but for no more than a few hours.