As the festive season unfolds, so does the abundance of delicious treats and indulgent feasts. Leftovers become a kitchen staple, and while it’s easy to prioritise the sweet treats and savoury delights, the greens often find themselves twiddling their thumbs in your Veggie Saver. But fear not, for there’s a vibrant and healthful solution – a green juice cleanse that not only puts those leftover greens to good use but also rejuvenates your body and spirit.

The Leftover Greens Dilemma

Let’s face it, during the festive season, greens often play second fiddle to the more decadent dishes. The cookies, pies, and hearty meals take centre stage, leaving the kale, spinach, and parsley waiting patiently in your Veggie Saver. However, it’s time to give these greens the attention they deserve and turn them into a revitalising elixir that will kickstart your journey to a healthier you.

The Green Juice Revival

Introducing the Festive Green Cleanse Juice—a concoction that not only breathes life into leftover greens but also refreshes your palate after weeks of indulgence.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups kale leaves, stems removed
  • 1 green apple, cored and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, peeled
  • 1 inch ginger root, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup parsley, stems removed
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks (for a touch of sweetness)
  • 1 cup coconut water (or regular water if you prefer)

Instructions:

  1. Wash all the fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
  2. Cut and prepare the ingredients to fit your juicer.
  3. Start by juicing the kale, followed by the cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger, spinach, parsley, celery, and pineapple.
  4. Once all the ingredients are juiced, stir the mixture well.
  5. Pour the juice into a glass over ice.
  6. Add coconut water and stir again to combine.
  7. Optional: Garnish with a slice of cucumber or a sprig of parsley for a festive touch.

The Benefits of Green Juicing

Not only does this green juice recipe put those neglected greens from your Veggie Saver into use, but it also provides a plethora of health benefits. Kale and spinach offer a powerful dose of vitamins and minerals, while cucumber and celery contribute hydration and a refreshing crunch. The addition of ginger and lemon provides a zesty kick, and the green apple and pineapple bring a natural sweetness that makes this cleanse a delightful experience for your taste buds.

Stocking Up on Goodness

During the festive season, it’s all about abundance, and this green juice cleanse is no exception. Prepare a batch of this rejuvenating elixir and stock up your refrigerator with bottles of goodness. Whether you sip it in the morning to kickstart your day or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, this green juice will become your go-to remedy for post-celebration recovery.

Your Veggie Saver has been keeping those greens alive and nutrient-dense for weeks, so this festive season, don’t let those leftover greens go unnoticed. Embrace the greens, create your own juice cleanse, and embark on a journey to refresh and revitalise your body. Cheers to a healthier and greener you in 2024!