My Daily Green Juice Fresh from the Garden


Alright! This is John Kohler with growingyourgreen.com
and today we have another exciting episode for you and today I’m in my beautiful garden
and I’ve got so many greens around me I love just greeny man. And you know as you
guys know my channel is called growing your greens, if you didn’t know that you know now
and that’s because I’m really into growing my greens and more important than just grown
them man is eating them. In my opinion Americans are vastly deficient in leafy green consumption
and this is not just me talking I mean there are statistics that say, the per capita consumption
of the average American of leafy greens is a quarter pound per year on kale. So the average
person eats a quarter pound of kale a year, I mean if you buy a bag of killer chips you
can get a quarter pound of kale that’s been dehydrated. You know and I want to encourage
you guys to even eat more than that. My goal every day is the two pounds a leafy greens
a day and you know I’m going to bring power back to the people and teach you guys how
to grow your own food so you can be more sustainable. But more importantly for me, healthier because
you know health is what it’s about for me. So in this episode today I’m not going to
share with you guys how to grow your greens I have plenty of videos on that. I’m going
to share the guys my favorite way by far to use your green so if you are already growing
your greens and you’re one of those people that’s not eating enough of them. You know
you really want to pay attention to this episode to really learn my favorite way and best way
to get some greens in us that you can derive the health benefit that’s contained within
all these amazing plants. So here behind me I’ve got some beautiful
swiss chard going to flower and bolting. So you know no matter what stage your plant is
in, you can always harvest the leaves even if they are bolting, they tend to kind of
get a bit stronger but that’s alright. And then right below me here, you guys can see
the picture of a little container and next to the container. I got some… this stuff
is tough… I got some little baby chard that is actually is a volunteer. So I’m picking
my volunteers here and they are getting juice up. And then of course right here we have
some beautiful color greens and I’m going to go ahead and pick a few leaves off this.
Now the thing is when you’re picking leaves to juice, your juicer doesn’t care what the
leaves look like, they could have big bugs holes you know. Generally I like to pick the
ones on the bottom of the plant. Leave the ones near the top of the plant which is like
the growth tip area. Leave them to grow and to be bigger. You know for juicing we want
the largest leaves that can provide the most amount of juice although there’s not a lot
of juice in a leaf. So you’re going to have to pick a whole bunch of them. That one is
kind of tough, yeah that one has some bug holes because I do grow organically. Anyway let’s go ahead and move on to another
area and pick some more greens. All right so as you guys can see I am next to some more
of my favorite green. These are actually called the tree collards, so I’m actually standing
up tall not bending over and these guys are just about at my height. So we’re going to
go ahead and pick some of these delicious beautiful tree collards here to go in my juice.
Now one of the things I recommend is you guys might want to get a harvest basket. This is
actually a nice harvest basket here or just basically it’s a plastic bowl with holes in
it. So it can be hard to find these guys especially for an inexpensive price. I like to rinse
all my vegetables you know that are harvest. You know over the garden so all the water
goes in the garden and not down the sink after I am done harvesting. These bowls can be found
at like Asian stores so specifically like Korean markets if you have any near you. They
use these bowls for some kind of food preparation. But they’re inexpensive I mean it’s like three
bucks for this nice huge large bowl that I could fit all my greens and produce in. So
if you guys are noticing I’m harvesting a variety of different leafy green vegetables
I’m not just harvesting all swiss chard or all kale. I’m getting like one or two leaves
off every plant. This is going to do two things number one, if I harvested like a ton of leaves
off this plant it wouldn’t be able to grow back as quickly. The other thing it’s going
to do it’s going to vary the different nutrients I’m getting. Each different plant whether
it’s the kale or collard greens it’s going to absorb different nutrients in the soil.
Plus they have different phytochemicals and phytonutrients in the food that are very beneficial
for us. Some of the phytochemicals that are in the cruciferous family have been shown
to help prevent and fight cancer from some of the studies that I’ve read. Now another thing you guys can do is on your
broccoli and cauliflower leaves you know broccoli and cauliflower is grown for the flower part
of the plant. You know whether it’s that tight broccoli head or the cauliflower head. You
know after you’re done you’re going to get what was right here, you know I cut off the
head and now I got all these leaves that are still left over you know. These leaves should
not be compost because a better use than composting your leaves is actually to harvest some of
these cauliflower leaves and put them in your juice. So we’re going to pick a couple off
this cauliflower plant that got harvested. But still got some of these nice green leaves.
Now these green leaves they are related to kale and collard greens and taste similar
and have very similar nutrition as well. And so I like to include all my differently leafy
greens, I can get a wide variety of different leaves in me. So besides the greens I’ll
be juicing today, I also like to include some roots in my juice and one of favorite ones
are right here. It is actually the beets, we’re going to pull these guys up right here
one of these guys. Come on out beet. I’m going to beat you up. There you go we have one nice
little small beet. You know I don’t like juicing a lot of beet, it adds a strong flavor to
the juice. Definitely rich in nutrients there and were going to pull off some of these outer
leaves here that are not so good but the other thing I want to recommend and encourage you
guys to do is you can actually also juice the beet greens here, there are quite edible,
there related to spinach and swiss chard. But more importantly than just the greens
and the beets and besides the root itself. We guys juice this nice rich colorful stock.
This stock is really rich in red pigments, you know some of that the beet root has but
the leaves don’t have as much of. It’s these pigments, the different colors and food that
in my opinion are still beneficial for us and there’s not even research on a lot of
these different antioxidants that are contained within these colorful foods. So for the best
health, eat a wide variety of foods include all the rich colors in the beet stocks. So besides all the leafy greens that I’ll
be juicing today, I’m also going to do some herb. No, no, no, not that kind of herb. If
I was growing it, I would be juicing it. It’s really good juice actually, I want to encourage
you guys and juice your medicinal herb leaves. But I don’t have any that stuff, so what I’m
going to juice today instead is some herbs that I have literally that are growing as
a weed. And this stuff is like taking over the bottom of my perma culture style raise
bed that I have perennials here in. And now we’ve got is the ground cover and what we’re
looking at here is the mint. This stuff grows really fast and it’s also excellent to put
in a vegetable juice and give you that minty flavor. But also may give you that minty fresh
breath after you’re done making the juice. And then when you’re ready to kiss your
significant other if you’ve got somebody. So the leaves that are most abundant in right
know or my swiss chard leafs as you guys can see my plants are going to flower again and
I’m going to systematically cutting some of them back. So I can actually get a little
more leave growth before I actually got to pull up these guys, so we’re just going to
go ahead and harvest as much as a swiss chard leaves for my juice. Now I always prefer when
I can like, if the plants bolting, I’m going to cut them out real soon like in the case
of the swiss chard. I’m going to harvest all the little small baby leaves because they’re
going to juice a lot easier and there to be a lot milder flavor and wow I could really
smell the swiss chard pawing right now at this time. Think I’ll get back to harvesting
some more swiss chard. Then we’re going to head over the juicer and show you guys how
to juice this up and my favorite juice are producing the leafy greens from your garden. So now we’re ready to juice in the garden.
I’ve got literally a pound of leafy greens here in the bowl that you guys saw me pick.
Now just besides the leafy greens because you could make a straight leafy green juice
but it be a better cup of juice with a pound of leafy greens approximately depending on
the juice you are using. It’s going to taste pretty hard core. So I’m going to do dilute
that down a little bit and what I’ll be doing to dilute it down, we’re going to using
2lbs of cucumber and 2lbs pears. The cucumber will add a nice watery flavor to kind of dilute
that stuff down, there pears will add a nice sweetness. If you don’t have the cucumbers
you could also use something like the salary or the zucchini to juice and I have some zucchini
from my garden and instead of that pears you can also use the apples which will make it
a little bit sweeter as well. Now the main reason why I’m juicing my leafy greens is
to get the maximum nutrition out of them and get them into me. We’re not like built like
a cow that like chew his cud and regurgitate it and has three stomachs or whatever. You
know so we’re not very efficient at extracting the nutrients out of the leafy greens. Unless
you literally chew it into a mush and that’s where I like the juicer. What the juicer does,
it literally does all the work for us, and so if you think of what we eat you know, and
I said I was going to eat this pear, I eat it. After I eat it you know what happens,
well we absorb the nutrition from it, but then at one side of me comes the liquids and
the backside comes the salads which in my opinion should all be composted. But aside
from that fact, we are nothing more or less than juice extractors, we’re literally separating
out the liquids and the fiber and that’s what the juicer does were going to put the pear
in the top here out of the front instead of out the back comes the fiber and out of the
bottom, instead of the front comes the liquid. And it’s the juice of the fiber that feeds
you is what Jay Kordich formerly known as the juice man has told me when I learned about
juicing back in the 1990s. Juicing is so important to literally get all the nutrition out of
the green and get them into you the best way so that you have the most amount of nutrition
out of the greens going into you. This includes things like the vitamins, the minerals, more
importantly the biochemical and the phytonutrients that I am such a believer in. So with that what I need to do now is I need
to give you guys the disclaimer is my real job by day is actually I sell juicers. You
know so I sell this very juicer here, I sell a wide range of juices, I sell all the high
end brand juicers, I also have many videos on you tube comparing the juicers side by
side so that you can determine which one is the best for you. The one I’m using today
is the omega NC 800. You make it and see eight hundred by far is the best juicer hands down
for maximizing the nutrition in the yield out of the leafy greens. Because it runs at
a slow eighty rpm because it has a horizontal arguer screw that literally crushes and squeezes
out cold press style, the nutrition out of the greens. There’s nothing that I’ve tested
to date that has actually been able to beat it with the yield from the leafy greens and
I also do so many other kind of juicers you know vertical juicer and this kind of stuff
and those are more general purpose juices for juice and like everything. So you know
the strong point of this machine is that it really juice the greens well. Doesn’t do super
good with fruits when you are juicing them alone. But when you’re juicing the fruits
with the vegetable that’s going to do great. And so if you want to use more of a balance
stuff then you want to go maybe with a vertical juicer and be sure to check my website discountjuicer.com.
You know for videos on comparing the different juicers and if you’re looking for appliances
such as the juicers, the blenders or the dehydrators. I would encourage you guys to check out my
website discountjuicer.com and support me because that is my day job that is what pays
my bill. Present time and it is actually bit slower time of year for me. The good news
is that I have a lot more time to garden. You know it allows me to make these new gardening
videos for you guys and I put these guys up free of charge and invest so much time of
my life to do this but I think, it’s a very important mission that I’m on is to teach
other people about eating healthy growing their own food which in my opinion will only
increase your health and in my opinion your health is your greatest wealth. So anyways with that let’s get into juicing
super simple super easy and another reason why I like the NC 800 is because it is super
simple easy to clean. You take this whole piece off here and you just have a few parts
to clean, you just have a little end cap here, you have a screen and you have an auger to
clean when you’re done. This takes me under two minutes to clean one of the big problems
when people buy a juicer that they don’t like cleaning the juicer. This by far the easiest
juicer to clean, if you can’t clean this maybe just go down to Starbucks or Jamba Juice and buy
your juice. All right so we’re going to assemble this guy up real quick here and we’re going
to go ahead and get juicing. No this is also very quiet, I like it a lot and when juicing
you’re always going to want to rotate the produce you’re putting in. So for example,
we could pull one of these nice collard leaves in, then put it right in no precutting of
any leafy green is required when juicing in the NC 800 as long as things will fit in the
features such as these small cucumbers you can just push these in as well. Well now you
never want to use a knife or any other tool to push the produce into the machine. You
only want to include the… use the included pusher here. If you put anything else in the
machine it may damage the machine. So as you guys can see what this juicer literally is
doing, it’s the juice extractor it’s literally extracting the liquids you know from the fiber
and many people don’t know this but inside our bodies you know foods need to be in a
liquid state for our little villi like in our nose right. And as food goes through the
intestines, the little villi absorb the nutrition out of the liquid states of you’re
not chewing your food too much then you’re not going to get ultimate digestion. And that’s
why I like the juicer it breaks down everything for you so that your body doesn’t have to
work as hard and expel all that energy to digest your food. If you ever think about
after a big thanksgiving meal man, you eat the food you’re supposed to have a ton of
energy even after thanksgiving meal right. You kind of get tired man you just kind of
like whoa because you see more than you normally do. But you know that’s because your body
is stealing energy from you now to live to digest your food so you get tired you want
to rest right. Juicing the exact opposite end of the scale. It gives you the most amount
of energy because the juicers is doing all the hard work for you and all you got to do
is open up and drink. So we’re going to go ahead and continue juicing some of the different
things and we’ll be back at you in a little bit when I juice some cool stuff. All right check it out. These are the beat
stalks that I took out that I love to juice, now many juicers will not juice beet stalks
effectively some juicers may kick out the chunks of beet stalks hole without getting
a lot of juice. Those are like this centrifugal ejection style machines and some juices you put these
nice large beet stalks in, it actually clog up the ejection port. So then pretty much
you have to stop and empty the juicer out and clean it before you start again. This
is not an issue with the omega NC 800, literally it’s cranking that stuff out, squeeze another
red liquid out of them and those phytochemicals that I’m after and it’s kicking out the
pulp on the other end. I’m now starting to juice the pear here and once again it’s best
to rotate them in. We’re going to put some greens in and then we put some pear and then
we put some more greens and then we follow with another cucumber. Right now we’re going
to go ahead and fit that little beet. It won’t fit in the feed chute so we’re just going to
go ahead and cut this little baby in half and check that out man, nice, rich color in
there. Nutrient dense grown beet dropped right in the machine and we’re going to use that
pusher to push it down a little bit. Shake it out that beet is getting juiced up and
instantly the juice coming out the bottom. Turning that nice dark rich red color. Some
people in sports nutrition now are saying drink the beet juice because it increases
your athletic performance. I just like to drink them because it makes me feel healthy. Right next thing going in, you guys didn’t
see me pick this stuff, this is actually called lamb’s quarters. So you know as long as it
is food that’s edible in general you can juice it so the lamb’s quarters are coming up
as weed right now in my garden. And guess what, it’s something I don’t necessarily want,
I’ll pluck it instead of composting it, it’s going to go in my juicer so that can
benefit me instead of my compost pile. So I’m continuing to juice and although this
is my recipe today, this is actually quite an advance recipe. When you guys especially
if you’re starting out using you probably wouldn’t want to use one pound of leafy
greens. With all this stuff it’s going to taste far too strong for you. So you might
want to do is just juice a whole bunch of pears and apples and cucumbers and some celery
or zucchini. And then start out with like a quarter pound of leafy greens and taste
it. See how that takes for you, if it tastes good. Great. Keep it up and then increase
that quarter pound to a half a pound. See how that taste for you if it started to be
too rough, back it down back off the leafy greens because the leafy greens is what really
makes it taste strong and what many people really object to. You know I’ve been doing
this for many years now, so I love the taste of green juice and one of the things you’re
going to notice is once you start drinking the green juice right. You’re going to want
to drink less carbs, you’re going to want to drink less of the crappy stuff because
you’re going to feel so good on the green juice. You can’t believe how you ever went
on without it and then you get addicted to juicing and make maybe even no more than one
juice or like I so that you’ll be ensure that you would be able to get your greens juice
every day because it will make a positive impact in your life. You know many customers
have written me and share with me how juicing is literally change your life, gave them more
energy, help them to lose weight and more importantly become healthier. Because the
juice and these fabulous juice machines and the produce out of your garden. All right so looks like we’re kind of getting
full on our little catch cup we’re going to go ahead and turn this machine off, empty
this out before we go on and check out this pulp, this pulp is beautiful stuff right here.
Now this pulp it’s not going to get thrown out, I don’t throw any organic matter away
in my place, it goes in my compost pile. If you had worms even better, the worms love
this stuff because it’s already pre-broken down. Another thing I will do with certain
pulps and not always depending on what I’m juicing is actually mix it in with my dog
food. So my dog gets additional fiber and you know nutrients that are still left in
this pulp. Although this pulp is still fairly dry you know, there’s still some nutrition
in there right. So what we’re going to do now, we’re going to go ahead and take away
our juice. But the little pulp catch below the juicer, so we don’t get any drips and
we’re going to take a strainer and a nice glass pitcher here, we’re going to pour this
juice through the sieve . So I like doing this a lot because you know I don’t like a
texture in my juice, there’s no problem you could drink the juice out of here if you don’t
mind some texture. But these machines tend to make a fair bit of pulp in the juice and
I don’t want that pulp in my juice. So we’re just pouring this through here and I’m just
going to shake this guy down. So we get to empty this little collection cup out and then
continue juicing. I’m just going to go ahead and move this to the side let this continue
to strain out, while I am juicing more stuff looks like we’ve got about half the stuff
juiced, we probably make a few more cups and let this stuff strain out and guess what,
this is my lunch and I’m getting quite hungry at this point. I want to show you guys, just
check this out here is one of those beet leaves, we’ll just throw it in there check it out
man this machine literally sucks that little beet leaf in there, crushes and squeezes out
all of the juice. Then I’ll be able to collect in the collection cup right below. So I get
some of that good nutrition into me. Let’s go ahead and cut up more these pears, it’s
important that pears and apples you know to remove the stem. You don’t want to be juicing
this it will actually cause some back up in the juicer. If you do it once in a while not
a big deal but I prefer to be optimal and not juice stems. Whenever I remember and whenever
possible. So I’m just about done juicing the omega
NC 800, just got let’s a view pears left and we’re going to go ahead and drop these babies
in there. We’re going to go ahead next, drop in our leafy greens once again I really love
how it just sucks in these beets green right in the machine. Next we have swiss chard leave
again, drop that right in there and let’s see if we’re going to you know push in. Finally,
we got our last and lonely cucumber, he needs to get juiced right now. We’re going to use
the cucumber to push down the pear and the greens and look at that, this is what was
left of the greens you just saw go in there, I mean this is just nice and dry barely any
juice left in here, nice and efficient. One of the cool things about the omega NC 800
is that it has a fifteen year warranty. So literally what this means to you is that you’re
going to buy the juice for once and you know for the next fifteen years you’re guaranteed
that you’ll be able to be juicing your leafy greens in this machine. You know I definitely
really believe, if you’re buying gardening products or products for your home that products
have a good long warrantees. In my opinion, a lot of products being sold today are cheap
disposable items, especially like the cheap and inexpensive juicers that your big box
store. They leave a ninety day warranty there throw out juicers after you know a couple
months or year, you got to check it because they are broke and not work anymore. Not so
when you pay for a good brand name juicer like the omega NC 800, fifteen years this
thing is guaranteed for. Thing about it, if you had an IPhone with a fifteen year warranty
and you get an automatic free upgrade every time they give out a new one. I don’t know
if omega is going to upgrade you when the new juicer comes out but this is the state
of the art technology and I don’t know how this thing can get much better at this point. All right so anyways looks like we’re about
done juicing. This is all the cucumber pulp that just came out. We’re going to go ahead
and turn this baby off, slide this little juice collection cup out and put our pulp
container there and oh we’re going to go ahead and strain off the rest of the juice and get
all the fiber out. All right looks like we got all the pulp strained out, this is the
pulp left over from the last juice picture that we put in there. We’re going to go ahead
and set this on top of the machine so it doesn’t drip everywhere, next I’m going to get the
taste that juice for you guys and let you guys know what I think about it. Here’s our
juice we made, seven cups worth. Got a nice twenty four ounce mason jar. I love these
mason or ball jars, look at that nice delicious green juice coming right up, nice and filtered
with my dish and strainer. Wow. You know the green is there right. But because the added
so much cucumbers so much pear, it tastes good can taste pretty neutral man so this
is a pretty good green juice, of course your results may vary and some of the tips I want
to give you guys when making any kind of green juices is, use a minimum amount of ingredients.
Leafy greens for the most part I count as one ingredient that I have the pears and the
cucumbers. So I had three ingredients in general in my juices or less than six ingredients
and normally I try to keep him around three or four at the most. And besides just having
a mixture of greens like I did today like, one day if I have like a lot of swiss chard,
I might just do swiss chard with cucumbers and pears and the next day I might do collard
greens with the pears and the cucumbers. You know I’ll rotate each day all through my
different greens because different greens have different anti-nutrients in there which
are actually the plant’s protection against the bugs. You know so for example, some greens
have oxalic acid, some greens have goitergenic compounds so I don’t want to get like only
drink kale juice every day man, it is not good and no I’m not saying that man. While
kale juice is good you know we really need to rotate the greens of all the different
families including wild greens, wild edible greens you know to get different nutrition
in us. This juicer will even juice grass. You know normally they juice weed grass you
can even juice your front lawn, provided you grow organically. This will extract the nutrition
out of your grass more than one kind of grass too if you get my drift. In any case hope you guys enjoyed this episode.
Once again my name is John Kohler and I’m going to go ahead and drink the rest of my
green juice made fresh in my garden with the omega NC 800, if you’re interested about learning
more about the juicers, please visit my other website discountjuicer.com. Hope you enjoyed
this episode, please give me a thumps up if you do, if I should do more food prep videos
like this is share with you guys, how I use my greens because actually I am far better
versed than at growing them believe it or not. Once again my name is John Kohler with
growingyourgreens.com and we’ll see you next time. Remember keep on growing.

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