Quite a few of you were asking about how we do green juice, so I thought I'd give it its own post.
The point of making green juice (rather than making a green smoothie), is that the juice is less sweet and more veggie-centric. We love green smoothies, but it was getting to the point where all that fruit, which green smoothies are loaded with, seemed like a lot of sugar, when what what I was really wanting was to get more greens into my diet. That was the point where I started craving a juicer (more on the juicer below).
Juicing is really "anything goes", but we do stick to more or less a loose formula. We also don't want it to be all vegetables because I want the children to drink it too--so we add some apples to sweeten it.
--a good handful of kale leaves
--a head of romaine lettuce or a "heart of romaine" or two (I often buy the organic hearts of romaine at Trader Joe's and they fit perfectly in the juicer)
--a cucumber is nice to add because they are really juicy and add to the total volume
--an apple or two, depending on the size--to add some sweetness to the juice
--a lime or half a lemon, peeled
Feed everything into the juicer. I usually go in the order listed above. You might find the juicer doesn't extract a whole lot from the kale. Don't panic--just go forward. To get maximum extraction from green leaves you have to have a special juicer, which most of us don't have. I still believe I'm getting a lot of vitamins from the kale even if the juice doesn't seem that plentiful.
About buying a juicer: I agonized for months about this--I wasn't sure if I should buy a cheap "starter" juicer or go for something a bit more high-end, hoping my results would be better. In the end, my mom found me a good Breville juicer at the Williams-Sonoma outlet, for a really good price and she got it. Hooray! I love the Breville and would recommend looking around for a good price on one.