morning routine - vegetable juice

freshly made vegetable juice

After my coffee, I then drink my lemon water with vitamin C while I prepare my vegetable juice.

I've posted about how GAPS got me into a juicing habit previously. It seems to me an easy way to get a minimal amount of veggies in no matter what I do the rest of the day.

Because even after the coffee and the semi-shock of the lemon water, I am still not a morning person, I simplify my juice system by doing most of the prep in advance.

steps for juice for people who are not morning people

frozen ground ginger and turmeric
"frozen ground ginger and turmeric" from ornery geeks

ginger & turmeric preground

As I posted previously, you can grind fresh ginger and turmeric roots in a food processor and freeze in a ziploc bag.

You don't even have to peel it!

This works for stir-fries and curries as well as juice. You really don't notice the peel in there.

ready to juice
"ready to juice" from ornery geeks

prepare the veggies the night before

Not being a morning person means I'm a night person. So when I do the evening dishes, I set up the veggies for juicing.

Because you don't have to peel or core anything, it only takes a couple minutes to do.

I put things in the container opposite to when I'll juice them.

  • 2 medium or 3 small carrots
  • stalk of celery
  • 1/2 a small apple or 1/3 a large one
  • cup of dandelion or parsley greens
  • cup of lettuce
  • cup of radicchio

In the morning, I feed the ginger and turmeric roots first, then follow-up with the contents of the prepared container.

I posted recently about Dr. Wahls' protocol. Though I am not strictly following any of her three diets, I am intrigued about the structure of her vegetable recommendations. Given that I haven't done the reserach she has, I am just going on authority with her recommendations about veggie intake.

For those who are counting, this counts as 3 cups of greens (dandelion, lettuce and radicchio) and 2 cups of coloreds (carrots and radicchio).

So... a pretty good start to the day getting in 5 out of my 9 cups! I just need a cup of coloreds and 3 cups of sulfurs to go.

By this time, I have finished drinking my lemon water, so I drink my juice while I prepare my broth concoction...

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