George and Julia's Vegan Underground

Juiced Up Thursday

I’m back after taking a week hiatus, and I’m not surprised that my lovely fiance, George, turned Juiced Up Thursday into Smoothie Thursday. Sigh, men. Although I have heard from some nutritionist that they believe smoothies are indeed healthier than an extractor (juicer). The reason behind it is because you get the whole nutrition from the fruit and vegetables (such as fiber). Anyway, I’m happy to be back and juicing again and today’s juice is dense with kale.

Kids ask for it by name: Kale.

I went to town on picking kale from the garden. I even picked some leaves from the oriental kale bush.

Remember a few weeks ago when I thought this was Oriental lettuce…? Ah those were the days.

Okay so what exactly was in this besides a ton of Kale?

  • Bundle of kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 secret ingredient…

    The secret ingredient is… mango.

Cat’s out, the secret ingredient is mango. You have to be cautious when using mango because it’s really not for juicing. It’s better when it’s blended with a juice. If you toss mango into a juicer you’ll get only a hiccup of juice. Just not worth it. So when using mango, break out your food processor first. So what do all these ingredients do for your body?

Welcome to the party, mango.

Kale: Helps lower cholesterol and digestion. It’s a great vegetable to aid in cancer prevention, such as bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate. It also helps protect your eyes from UV rays which means it prevents cataracts. Lastly it helps regulates blood clotting and promotes bone growth.

Cucumber: Ever wonder why at the spa they throw cucumbers on your eyes? Well it’s because it’s great for your eyes and skin! It’s believed that cucumbers help reduce swelling around the eyes and get rid of those pesky dark circles. Basically makes your skin look soft and supple. Despite the physical benefits it also helps regulate inner body temperature and flush out toxins. Sounds like this is something for college students on a Friday morning.

Apple: An apple a day can help keep the Doctor away for when you’re 40 years old and up. This fruit is a monster when it comes to cancer prevention such as colon, liver, breast, and lung cancer. Also helps with some diseases and disorders like asthma, alzheimer, and diabetes. Lastly it helps lower the “bad” cholesterol.

Lemon: Helps with indigestion and constipation. Also helps with weight loss and high blood pressure. Lemon is also a natural healer and is used with those who suffer from asthma, arthritis, and other inflammations.

Mango: This tropical fruit has been linked to protecting the body against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. It’s also a great source of Vitamin A which means that if you incorporate some mango in your diet as a result you’ll have soft glowing skin. If you’re studying for a test, or about to take one, chow down on some mango slices because it’s been known to assist in memory and recall. The vitamin E in this tropical fruit has also been known to boost sex drive as well.

So how’d it taste?

It was very good. I think the combo of lemon and mango help cut the bitterness of the kale. I was very please with it and I would make it again soon.

I had a comment from a colleague of mine who reads the blog and she thought juicing was so wasteful. That’s a big complaint of many who juice but what I do is pick from the garden and then put the leftovers back into the compost for the garden. So I never feel guilty about “wasting.” What do some of you all do with your leftovers after juicing?

Compost pile

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