Russell recommends juicing any combination of greens, especially the Brassica family: cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cabbage. Also recommended are spinach, celery, cucumber, and cilantro. For taste, juicing apple into the mix is recommended.
Kale is Russell's favorite green which finds it's way into eight different dishes at his restaurant: kale shake (SunCafe's awarded #1 smoothie in Los Angeles honors), kale salad, green juice, blueberry kale smoothie, kale seitan tacos, green spirulina protein smoothie, kale colossus, mezze plate. "Kale is one of the top five best things on earth you can eat for your health." Kale contains high levels in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, protein, many B vitamins and more.
Beginning January 9, 2012, SunCafe is offering its 28-day Solstice Cleanse, a raw food and juice detox program including lots of green juices. Participants receive enough raw food meals, juices and herbal supplements to replace all their normal meals for the entire 28-days of the cleanse. The program is only offered every 3 months and usually 10-15 people participate.
Past participants have reported dramatic increases in energy, improved mental clarity, weight loss, greatly enhanced digestion, overcoming food addictions, and increased vitality.
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The 3 Reasons to Drink Green Juices Daily - The Fountain of Youth:
1. Nutrients - Abundant, digestible vitamins and minerals including phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals, such as beta-carotene that help fight diseases. Juicing greens is also a great way to get loads of Chlorophyll, which is the building block of our bodies.
2. Enzymes - Cooking food above 118 degrees kills the digestive enzymes that appear naturally in the food forcing your body to produce it's own enzymes. A green juice is a great way to get a large dose of healing enzymes, which helps to build up your immune system.
3. Alkalinity - Naturally alkaline, green juices help the body return to it's optimum alkaline state. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is full of acidic foods: meat/poultry, cheese, sugary sweets, highly acidic soft drinks, cooked food.