Drink your Greens

(posted by Emily)

After doing a little reading online this weekend, Rick spent sometime in the garden removing low-hanging leaves from most of our plants. While we don't get a lot of pests, we do get some and any way to combat bugs is worth checking out. After all, eating and farming organic means sharing your food with the bugs--right, Jennie? :)

He pulled off a huge stack of leaves, and we had to figure out what to do with them. Sure, some could be used for salads, but that would only make a small dent in the total harvest. So, he decided we would make some green juice. The leaves filled the big side of our sink as they sat to soak and remove dirt/bugs. Once the greens had sat for a while, we teamed up to rinse everything and juice.

Needless to say, we ended up with a lot of green juice :)

We used the green juice as a base for some quick smoothies with frozen fruit and ice. We used a combination of bananas, blueberries, mangos, and strawberries. Because of the frozen fruit and ice, the smoothies were pretty thick. We didn't stick with one consistent combo, we ended up with a green rainbow of juices! To be honest, I was a bit nervous about the strong flavor of the greens, but when mixed with the other fruits, the taste is mellowed and much sweeter.  

We are storing our juices in ball jars in the fridge for easy breakfasts this week. They have thawed a bit (as of this morning) and are more juice-like than milkshake-like. Perfect for my reusable tumbler! 

Greens can be so expensive at the store that I would have hated to waste all of these. We even had enough juice to freeze about 64 ounces for our next juicing adventure, which will help a lot! 



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