Friday, April 29, 2011

5 Element Green Juice

Some have seen me carrying around my mystery green drink for weeks. Since I have now recited it's ingredients enough times to make a Sesame Street song out of it, I'm sharing it here. This is a refreshing juice/snack that is great between meals. It helps me work more fruits and veggies into my day.
According to Chinese Medicine, just about everything can be categorized according to 5 elements: water, wood, fire, earth, and metal. Each element also has a taste associated with it.
Water: Salty
Wood: Sour
Fire: Bitter
Earth: Sweet
Metal: Pungent/Spicy
This juice includes all 5 elements, which makes it balanced.

30oz Water (or mixed with juice of choice - Carrot, Pineapple, etc.)
1 Banana (Sweet/Earth)
1 Lemon, fresh squeezed (Sour/Wood)
1" cube of fresh Ginger (Pungent/Metal)
1 tsp Cinnamon (Bitter/Fire)
1 leaf Kale (about the size of a dollar bill)
1 small handful Parsley
1 handful Walnuts (Salty/Water)
1-2 Tbsp Maple syrup

Add all to the blender, and whirr away (depending on your food processor/blender, it may take up to 2 minutes to blend until smooth).

This makes about two 20oz drinks. I immediately pour them into Ball canning jars or old spaghetti sauce jars and seal them up. Perfect for on-the-go with a straw, or they can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.


1 comment:

  1. Really nice green juicing recipes. This juice very healthy and very useful. Thanks.