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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Going Green

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Daily Juice

I loooove me some green juice!! A lot of people start the year off with resolutions to diet, fast, or participate in some kind of detox or cleanse.  I actually do this everyday by starting my day with a fabulous green juice.

First off, green juice is PACKED with nutrients.  It’s like taking the biggest, baddest daily multi ever!  There’s no fiber for the body to digest or process so the nutrients are able to be absorbed immediately into the blood stream.   I’ve had so many clients give up coffee naturally once they incorporated green juice into their daily routine. They find they get their energy boost from the nutrients and no longer need caffeine!  It’s pretty remarkable how quickly the body responds once our basic needs are met.

Secondly, juice is full of LIFE FORCE!!  No daily multi can compare, wanna know why?! Because it’s dead.  Even if it’s made of all natural, organic, amazingly exotic ingredients it no longer has its life force.  The body is a living, breathing, organism that is full of life force energy.  It needs LIVE nutrition to function at it’s best.

“Did you know that you are made of living light-energy? In 1905 Albert Einstein created what is now the most famous equation in physics, E=mc2. What this tells us is that all matter actually consists of different variations of vibratory light energy patterns.  All matter, including your body, is made up entirely of pulsating, living light-energy.”  – Natalia Rose in her book Raw Food Life Force Energy

Even the best supplements are no match for buzzing, vibrating, living nutrients.  The people I have worked with that have seen the best results are the ones who changed their lifestyles.  The first thing I do with all of my clients is make juicing a daily ritual. It is the most effective and transformational tool that I can offer. Start living a healthier existence by making an amazing, vibrating, nutritious green juice tomorrow morning!!

The third aspect I want to share with you is mini-fasting.  Now hang on a minute, before freaking out, hear me out!  Our bodies spend SOOOO much energy just digesting our food. Ever feel like taking a nap after lunch? Yeah, that’s because your poor bod had to stop everything and point all of it’s resources to your gut to try to break down the meal.  It’s like sitting at your desk working on a project and then along comes another project that needs to be done, NOW!  You feel overwhelmed…you haven’t even finished the first project yet!!

Well, that first project is breakfast and before breakfast is done, here comes the second project, lunch.  Now you’ve got one meal sitting on top of the other and the body is just plain overwhelmed.

breakfast = break-fast

Ever notice that? The work breakfast literally means to break the fast.  All night long your body has been cleansing and cleaning and handling it’s biz-nas.  By having a green juice for breakfast you allow that cleansing process to go on just a little longer.  This gives your body a blast of nutrients and a rest all at the same time!

My favorite juice is Green Lemonade. It’s made of cucumber, lemon, kale & parsley. I add a little NuNaturals stevia to sweeten it up and I’m good to go! A quick note about Stevia, most of them are gross and taste like aspartame – yuck! I like NuNaturals brand Alcohol Free Liquid Stevia and NuNaturals Vanilla Stevia with Singing Dog Vanilla Extract, it’s the best tasting. I always order my NuNaturals stevia through iherb.com they have the absolute BEST prices!! Be sure to use my discount codeWAG472 to get $5 off your first order!

You don’t even need a juicer to make a your own green juice. You can do it using a blender!!  I have an attachment click here to download: Making Juice Without a Juicer) that explains how easy it is to make juice without a juicer. All you need is a blender, so no excuses! Now ALL of you can learn how to make your own fabulous green juice!! If you’re in the market for a juicer I recommend the Breville brand available online through Amazon or at your local Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Well, I’m off to make my green juice for the day.  I’d love to hear from you! Do you juice? What’s your favorite recipe?  If you struggle to keep up with a juicing routine, what are your biggest obstacles?

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52 Responses to “Going Green”

  1. Valerie February 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

    i’m excited to see the video so i can make this juice! it looks fantastic. i used to juice frequently, but since i’ve moved to a smaller kitchen, my juicer is shoved behind other appliances, and i forget it’s there. this is a good reminder i need to get back in the game!

    • Linda February 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

      Coming this week Valerie, stay tuned!! So glad you’re enjoying the blog!

  2. Mary Katherine February 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    I love this! I have always wanted to try this but I am so scared too. I was wondering if you posted the video yet? I plan on actually conquering this during my spring break in 2 weeks. Thanks!!

    • Linda February 28, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

      Hi Mary,

      I’ve had some issues recording but I’ll get it up asap!

  3. Becky Eden March 5, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    Hey Linda!

    This green lemonade look wonderful! Can you tell me the amount of each ingredient? I’d love to try and make it!

    Love, love, love your website! So inspirational!

    • Linda March 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

      Hi Becky, I typically use 2-3 cucumbers, 1 bunch kale, 1/2 bunch parsley or spinach, and 2 lemons. I always use NuNaturals stevia to sweeten in up! You should enter my giveaway!! http://bit.ly/iap8Ct

      • ann marie April 2, 2012 at 6:08 am #

        Hi Linda, Great blog!! I am slowly getting the hang of things….question, when you juice, do you peel the veggies ? How about the cucumbers for this recipe? Thanks 🙂

        To good health,
        Ann Marie

        • Linda April 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

          Hi Ann Marie,
          The only things I peel when juicing are citrus fruits ie) lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit etc. I hope that helps! xo

  4. Becky Eden March 7, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    Thank Linda! I’m not sure I did mine right…it seemed a little chunky. Do you add the whole lemon or just the juice? I used a blender so that might also be why it turned out the way it did.

    • Linda March 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      Hi Becky,

      If you did it in a blender then you made a smoothie! You can turn it into juice by using a nut milk or 1 gallon paint straining bag (from Home Depot/Lowes) to separate the juice from the pulp. I have an instructional video that I’ve been trying to post but having technical difficulties, crossing my fingers I can get it up this week!

  5. Caroline March 23, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Did you ever get the video posted? I’m new to this blog (as in, been here 5 minutes) and haven’t been able to locate it. I’m a big fan of spinach smoothies & would love to make my own juice to take to take the place of my morning latte, so if you haven’t posted the video, could you just quickly sum up how to make juice using a blender? (esp the nut milk part — that makes it into juice??)

    Thanks!!

    • Linda December 17, 2011 at 11:23 am #

      Hi Caroline, Click on the link in the article to download the step-by-step pdf!

  6. Akiyo April 22, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    i’m enjoying your blog since i’m been cleaning up my diet and i’m trying to go a bit more raw as it’s getting warmer. I’ve been juicing almost every day but i always don’t really know what to do with the pulp (since i feel bad to dump it all in the garbage) and made some veggie chili and things but the pulp pile…
    and no compost near me :(. do you have any recipes to recycle juice pulp?..

    • Linda April 25, 2011 at 10:36 am #

      Akiyo,
      Good Idea, I’ll post one soon! I have made recipes where I mixed the pulp with an egg and a little bit of grated goat’s cheese and made patties in the skillet. It was delish and the perfect compliment to a fresh salad!

  7. Cat April 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Hey I was trying to find the video on how to make this lemonade but couldn’t so I was just wondering if you used a blender or a juicer to make this? this drink looks so good!

    –cat

  8. Jana June 19, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    Dear Linda,
    I had followed your green-programme for few weeks and I have to say I love it…..its yummy, its fresh, its healthy….and indeed it makes me feel GREAT!!! thank you soooo much…

    • Linda June 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

      Awesome Jana!! I’m so glad you love it!
      I love your blog, btw!

  9. crystal September 17, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Do you have a link to the video on how to make the green juice? I make a large batch of your green smoothie and drink it every day! I would love to make the juice as well (I have a blender but no juicer).

  10. Hannah Gregor September 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Linda, I JUST started juicing and I’m hooked. I’ve wanted a juicer for the past year and finally found the extra $ for one. It’s helped me give up caffeine too! Well.. almost:) I actually started off with almost the same recipe. It’s SO exciting so see other people share the passion.

  11. Kristen Huls September 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Hey Linda! My hubby and I just starting juicing a few months ago. We bought a juicer and Costco and their large quantities of veggies make it so easy. My favorite is:
    4-5 Large Handfuls of Spinach
    1/4 of a large Cucumber
    4-5 Large Carrotts
    1 Kiwi
    1/3 of a Lemon

    Question – do you only have this juice for breakfast or do you pair it with some protein? Yeah for juicing!!

  12. Russell michael October 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    How many calories for a 16oz

  13. Julie A Giggins January 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi Lynda, thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes and blogs, you and them are making a wonderful difference in my life. I will be contacting you in the near future to organise a skype consult (I’m from Australia) and I look forward to that with great anticipation. For now though I have a question for you (I hope you don’t mind) I have been having your green smoothie every morning for 2 weeks (I LOVE them) with not only the intention of becoming healthy but also for weight loss but I was wondering should I be mixing it up with green juice as well. Thank you in advance Julie 🙂

    • Linda January 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

      Hi Julie,

      Yes, you can use the green smoothie and the green juices interchangeably! Both have their individual benefits and one is not better than the other. Which ever you enjoy and prefer is fabulous! xo

  14. Suzette Taylor February 4, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Can I have more of that stuff? OMG, seriously, I am so happy, I have converted my husband to drinking green juice and he loves it!

    • Linda February 4, 2012 at 11:39 am #

      Awesome Suzette!! xo

  15. Rachel February 15, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

    hiya linda !!

    I am still enjoying my green smothies each morning and feel great and just wondering what I could substitute kale with as I’m in Australia and haven’t been able to find it here in our supermarkets & fruit/veg stores … 🙂

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi Rachel, any green leafy veg will do!

      • Rachel February 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

        Awesome Linda thank you for that will put some more leafy greens on my shopping list this week 🙂

  16. Samantha February 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    Hi Linda! Your videos and recipes are completely changing the way I think about eating, about my body and about my health in general. I’m only 22 but I already have a few issues with digestion and I also have psoriasis (not severe) and very sensitive skin in general. I also find myself having no energy during the day, so I tried having your green smoothie and berry smoothie, basically just replacing meals with them for a few days and even though it’s not a drastic change, I find myself a lot more energetic on the days I have those smoothies. I’m a bit shocked to be honest! But soooo pleasantly surprised, and they really do taste good! So much so that my mom will always grab half of whatever I make, so I’ve just started making bigger portions!
    So my question is, even though I’m not an active person now, I was when I was younger and I’d love to be again (I love running and tennis the most), but I’m afraid that I won’t have enough energy if I’m replacing solid meals with liquid ones. I know the juices and smoothies are full of nutrients, but should I still take it easy with exercising just in case? Ideally I’d love to be running every morning, do you think that’s a realistic goal if I only have smoothies/juices for breakfast?
    Thank you so much for sharing all of your wonderful information to all of us readers 🙂

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      Yes you can absolutely have the GS even when working out. In fact, you will find that you probably have more energy, faster recovery, and more stamina than with a typical meal. You can add some plant based protein to your smoothies if you like!

  17. Miller Murphy February 19, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    I have a juicing question, which might be silly, but I’ve never really juiced a lot before. We got a Jack Lalane Juicer for a wedding gift, and have used it a few times. Can you juice frozen fruit and veggies if they’ve thawed? And do these frozen-then-thawed fruits and veggies even have the same benefits and nutrients in them as fresh?
    Thank you!

    • Linda February 21, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      No, I would use fresh is always best when juicing.
      If you are blending a smoothie then frozen would be fine.

  18. Nicole March 8, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    Hi Linda, I am considering beginning to juice and I am wondering what kind of juicer you would recommend. I can’t afford a big fancy one right now but I am just looking for one that will be able to handle harder vegetables (even if they have to be cut up beforehand) without breaking down. Thanks!!

  19. David April 10, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    Hi Linda
    First of all thank you so much for having such great/valuable information,tips and recipes at no charge for people like myself are financially challenged ( ha ha student here).
    You have mentioned in your videos that you purchase fruits and vegetables in boxes and since i am planning of doing a 14 day juice feast(inspired from your video) i was wondering if you don’t mind sharing your fruit and veggie store. I am not sure if i would be able to do it with Whole Food prices. So if you had any advice that would be great.

    I know that everyone recommends organic but is it necessary for juicing in order to get all the nutrition that you need?
    Thanks again and please continue your work in the website.

    • Linda April 11, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Hi David,
      Any store is fine!! In Austin I get my produce from places like HEB, Central Market, Sprouts, Wheatsville, and the farmer’s market!

  20. Samantha April 24, 2012 at 8:32 am #

    I just bought a breville juice fountain plus and it shipped this morning! I am so excited to try juicing. I was wondering, how big is that ball jar? 24 oz? 32 oz? How much juice do you drink in the morning?

  21. Jenny April 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    I was wondering, do you benefit from drinking the green juice only once during the day vs an entire 5 days of all day green juice?

    • Linda April 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm #

      absolutely!

  22. Margo May 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Hi Linda,
    I love your blog. Have had several pages open for days, because I don’t want to forget to get back to sections. I love the green lemonade, but I have a quick question. You had mentioned that you can keep the juice in the fridge for up to 24 hours or even freeze it, but I found that after just a few hours in the fridge my juice got very bitter. Am I doing something wrong, or is there anything I can do to prevent that?
    Thanks!

    • Linda May 31, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

      It depends on the juicer. Go with your tastes. If it tastes like it’s going bad quickly then you may want to store it in the freezer instead 🙂

  23. Reyne September 16, 2012 at 9:41 am #

    Hey I am a juicer, since march…all I can say 25lbs later is amazing. I am a juicing soldier. I am getting a little bored with my combo’s so getting some of your receipes. Question! I bought some white beets w/ greens and used it with carrots, apples ginger. It totally burned my throat going down. I used the whole beet (one) and the greens on that beet. I washed them really good. Not sure what happened. Yes they were organic. I like regular beets just thought I would try. Also had some Kale that was extremely bitter. So much that I threw it away ( hated that)! Have you come across that ?

    • Linda September 17, 2012 at 9:46 am #

      Awesome on the juicing!!! I have not heard of beets burning…maybe it was too much ginger? Either way, if the beets bothered you, I would leave them out for now 🙂

  24. Marilyn Nelson October 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Hello Linda:

    I just found your website and loving it. Any suggestions for green juice to help with diabetes?

    • Linda October 19, 2012 at 10:58 am #

      Greeeen juices are best! You can use cucumbers as a base, add any kind of greens, a little lemon and use stevia to sweeten. Tastes like lemonade!! xo

      • Marilyn Nelson October 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

        Thanks a lot. I’ll give it a try today.

  25. Rachel Spohn November 7, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Linda, How much juice should I drink a day? Is it possible to have too much juice?

    • Linda November 8, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      I would try to have at least 12oz per day if you can. No, you cannot have too much juice!! xo

  26. Miguel November 26, 2012 at 1:55 am #

    Thanks Love the vids, & the tips on the juice feast, just getting started so the tips are welcome. Question do you include any kind of meat,poultry or fish or legumes in your diet when not on the juice feast? Thanks

  27. Sandra January 6, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Just stumbled upon your website and was wondering what kind of budget friendly juicer would you recommend for a beginner? 🙂

  28. Amanda April 9, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    When making one of your recipes how much does it usually make? I’m going to be starting a juice feast next week! I’m just trying to figure out how much each recipe makes so I can prepare and take to work with me 🙂 thank you!!

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