I’ll admit it. I enjoy a green juice now and again. I’m not sold that drinking juice over other raw meals like salads or smoothies is the best way to eat greens, but it’s fun to experiment and try out different concoctions.
Recently, I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and tried juicing collard and dandelion greens. There was an article in the New York Times recently highlighting how silly it is to only focus one vegetable. It makes perfect sense to me “rotate” your greens so you don’t over-consume. Like kale, collard and dandelion greens are chalk-full of important nutrients. Fresh collard juice is full of calcium, carotenoids and Vitamin K. Dandelion greens can help to reduce bloating and your belly to release toxins.
Both of these juices are quite intense, so the best way to drink them is with a lot of other ingredients mixed in. My latest concoction fits the bill for me. It’s mostly vegetables and a little fruit to sweeten it slightly. The juice is named after the Mutton Chop Mustache glass I drank it from (photo above).
I will warn you it’s a little sour. I had Nate try it and he said it tastes like “sour grass.” He also said “I like it because I don’t like fun.” (Thanks a lot jerk 😉 ) But seriously, I think it tastes good and refreshing. You could easily add more fruit to make it less grass tasting, but it’s really what you want to get out of the juice (less sugar = better for you).
Mutton Chop Juice
Two green apples
2-3 leaves of collard greens (or half a bunch of dandelion greens)
2 stalks of celery
1/2 a cucumber, peeled
1/2 a lemon, peeled (you could also use a lime)
Try to use all organic ingredients when you make juice. Wash your ingredients and chop into pieces that will fit into your juicer. I put the ingredients in the juicer in the order listed. I like to add my lemon last and stick the greens in before the softer ingredients. I will then run the pulp through a second time to extract as much liquid as possible. When I am completely done, I clean my juicer immediately before I drink my juice. It saves a lot of time later and you don’t want the pulp to dry before cleaning.
I hope you enjoy my go-to morning juice. Let me know if you try it!