Raw “Lawn Clippings” Midday Green Cleansing Juice2
It is DAY 3 of our "Clean and Green in 2013" 3 DAY JUICE WINTER CLEANSE with Karen Kipp from Power Your Journey. We started our last day of the juice fast with the yummy Cucumber Cool Morning Cleansing Juice. We continue with this Raw Lawn Clippings Green Midday Cleansing Juice for a huge boost of greens!
Remember, if you don't have a juicer, you can still participate. Simply blend the ingredients, tweak the flavours, and then strain. Or enter to win a juicer in our Omega Juicer Giveaway. Don't miss out on your chance to win one of FIVE Omega Vert VRT350 Masticating Juicers valued at $379.99.
Karen is offering a FREE Guided 3-Day Juice Fast with these recipes via a private Facebook Group January 18-20, 2013. You can sign up for free here. Karen will be available to moderate the group all weekend, along with daily live chat sessions at designated hours. I am participating in the group as well, and am so excited! You can find all of the juice cleanse recipes here.
If you would like a deeper cleanse, Karen is offering a 14-day cleanse online January 11-25th for a minimal charge of $29.
Now, let's continue with DAY 3 of the Cleanse!
*Note: The cleanse recipes are deliberately simple to make things gentle and easy.
Please read Karen's full fast preparation instructions, daily fasting routine, and post fast guidelines in the 3 DAY CLEANSE post.
All of this information has been generously provided by Karen Kipp.
Day 3, Midday Juice - Lawn Clippings:
This is a peppy juice laden with chlorophyll from the parsley, and kale, which is amazing for detoxifying the liver and the colon. Parsley is also a blood purifying tonic that is exceptionally aromatic also, adding a very “clean” flavor. Cucumber adds the hydration and silica that the entire body craves. The apple and lemon pump up the cleansing properties and the flavor, making this juice an exceptional lunch anytime, but especially when fasting. This is a surprisingly yummy juice with its bright green color, and it tastes WAY better than you thought lawn clippings would taste!
Ingredient Cleansing Benefits:
Cucumber is actually a cooling food in the body and is typically 20-degrees cooler than the outside air on a warm day! It is a great natural diuretic, helps regulate body temperature, aids in cell hydration, waste removal and dissolves kidney stones. Its high silica content is amazing for skin and helps with conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, weak nails, etc. It also reduces high uric acid in the body that causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. It helps regulate blood pressure and can even help lower a fever! It is high in Vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B-complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and chlorine (natural). Cucumber adds lots of water and nutrient content to juices with its very mild and slightly creamy taste. Super easy to prep to juices, but make sure they are organic and not wax-coated.
Parsley is a wonderful blood purifier, rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which help control blood-cholesterol, prevents constipation, protects the human body from free radicals mediated injury and from cancers. Parsley contains health benefiting essential volatile oils, such as Eugenol, which has therapeutic use in dentistry as a local anesthetic and anti-septic agent for teeth and gum diseases. Eugenol has also been found to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics; however, further detailed studies required to establish its role. Parsley is rich in poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidants and has been rated as one of the plant sources with the highest quality antioxidant activities. Total ORAC value, which measures the anti-oxidant strength of 100 g of fresh, raw parsley, is 1301 µmol TE (Trolex equivalents). It is also a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Additionally, the herb is also rich in many antioxidant vitamins, including vitamin-A, beta-carotene, vitamin Bs (vital in carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism), vitamin-C, vitamin-E. The herb is an excellent source of vitamin-K and folates. It is perhaps the richest of the entire herb source for vitamin K; provide 1640 µg or 1366% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin K has been found to have the potential role in bone health and has an established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients. Italian or flat leaf-parsley has a more intense flavor than curly leaf parsley. This is a highly aromatic and pungent flavor juiced, and combines beautifully with green juices to balance the flavors with a very “clean” taste.
Kale is rich in phytochemicals that protect us from cancer and provides highly absorbable calcium due to the high ratio of calcium to phosphorous content. A cup of kale juice surpasses the calcium content of a glass of milk. It can lower the risk of colon, breast and lung cancer as well as fight osteoporosis, macular degeneration, support the cardiovascular and immune systems, and assist in energy production. It also contains high amounts of chlorophyll, provitamin A, in the form of carotenoids and beta-carotene, Vitamin C, E, B6, K, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and sodium. Kale has a much milder taste when juiced than eaten whole, and is a great alkalinizer!
Spinach contains nearly twice as much iron as other greens, which allows red blood cells to carry more oxygen, strengthens all cells, but particularly those of respiratory system and brain. High fiber content aids intestinal cleansing and regeneration which are great for regulating digestion. High amounts of chlorophyll and carotene help reduce cancer risk and macular degeneration. In one study, high spinach consumption was linked with a lower incidence of cervical cancer. It also contains carotenoids, lutein,Vitamins A, B complex, C, K, folic acid, iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and manganese, and many amino acids. Spinach is highly alkalinizing and is the mildest tasting of the dark leafy greens that is easy for beginners.
Apple primarily provides pectin, which contributes to healthy digestion, helps break down toxins, lowers cholesterol, and enhances bowel function. Apple also offers some sweetness in the juice. Granny Smith green apples have the lowest sugar content. Also offers many phytochemicals and enzymes, quercetin, Vitamin A (in the peel), Vitamin C, significant potassium, top source of soft fiber, making it one of the best natural intestinal cleansers. In one study, people who consumed an apple-rich diet had a 46% reduction in their risk of lung cancer. Colon cancer reduction risk has also been demonstrated.
Lemon is one of the most potent detoxifiers that improves liver function, relieves constipation, helps eliminate kidney stones, helps treat and prevent breast cancer, kills some types of intestinal parasites, and dissolves gall stones. It offers high doses of Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Lemon adds zip to the juices and helps cover the taste of bitter greens and is alkalinizing.
When cleansing, it is always best to consume juices on an empty stomach to maximize absorption and benefits. But fresh juice anytime is better than no juice! It is preferable to have slightly more fruit-based juices during the day to help break down toxins in the body. The more vegetable-based juices are generally more alkaline and contain more minerals, so they are better in the afternoons and evenings to help rebuild the body and prepare it for rest. It is not a strict science, so you can mix them up, but these are good general guidelines. These guidelines are more important when using juices during a cleanse or fast.
When fasting, it is necessary to strain the juices to ensure that solid pieces are not consumed. Solid food will encourage the digestive process to begin again and will make you hungry. This is not desirable. Straining is not necessary if cleansing without fasting. If you feel like you need more juice, more calories, or are a little low in blood sugar, you can repeat any of these juices during the same time period of any given day. For example, if it is still morning, repeat the daily morning juice. Most juices contain about 100-200 calories and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Each juice is briefly explained in each individual post with a more in-depth explanation of each individual ingredient and its many nutrition properties.
All of these cleansing recipes are designed for one serving. Dilute all juices, unless otherwise stated. For juices more fruit based, or higher sugar content, add as much water as juice. For green drinks, and primarily low-sugar juices, add half as much water as juice. This helps to slow down the sugar absorption in the body.
Green Apples have the lowest sugar content of apples, so they are preferred. If unavailable, red apples can be substituted. Spinach and kale are interchangeable in recipes, as it is good to use both as much as possible. Zucchini can be substituted for cucumber also with minimal difference. Pumpkin can be used in place of butternut squash.
Pink Passion Juice Popsicles:
These are simply a wonderful treat while fasting! It almost feels like you’re cheating, but they actually have many cleansing properties and help make it seem like you are eating something!
- 1 apple (green or red~red are sweeter)
- 1/2 lemon (yellow peel removed)
- 1/4 medium beet
- Place all ingredients through your Omega Juicer.
- Do NOT dilute with water before freezing.
- Place in popsicle molds and freeze. Yummy!
You can add any of these tonics to your routine during the fast:
- 100% organic herbal (non-caffeinated not decaffeinated) teas
- wheatgrass juice shots,
- warm ginger tea with fresh lemon and pinch of cayenne
- strained homemade veggie broth (recipe on Karen’s website)
Raw “Lawn Clippings” Midday Green Cleansing Juice
- Half cucumber
- Handful parsley
- 2 handfuls kale or spinach
- 1 green apple
- Half lemon (yellow peel removed)
- Process all ingredients through your Omega Juicer.
- If using this juice as part of the 3 DAY WINTER CLEANSE, strain this juice and dilute with equal parts filtered water.
- If not juice fasting, you can consume this juice unstrained.
- Makes one 16-ounce glass.
Piggy Cooking Tips
how to select and store kale
To select the best tasting kale with the highest nutritional density look for varieties that have bright rich coloured leaves that are firm and energetic. The stems should be moist and crisp. Buy organic wherever possible and avoid leaves that are wilted, discoloured, bruised or have holes. Kale is very delicate and will become yellow, bitter, and lose much of its nutritional properties very quickly if not stored correctly. Do not wash the kale, but rather, enclose it in a plastic bag taking out as much of the air as possible. Then store in a cold fridge for up to five days. The Tupperware vegetable storers with the “breathers” are phenomenal for storing kale! For all of you fellow “tupper-tarts” out there – you know what I am talking about!