A haiku for my love, Ben:
Saturday: sore throat
By Monday a scratchy voice
Tuesday: buh-bye voice
Can you imagine a voiceless Mr. Ben in his over-filled special education classroom? <– chaos!
We knew we had to get him back in tip-top shape ASAP, which meant a) lots of local honey + lemons from the yard and b) lots of greens! We’re talking as many as the boy can possibly ingest. The best way to get in the most micronutrients [vitamins + minerals]? Juice.
We absolutely adore our Champion juicer, but we don’t use it very often because we’re good at eating a heap of veggies each week [literally]. Every once in a while, though, if we’re feeling under the weather, or if we have an abundance of fruit or veg, or if we get a random hankering, we’ll bring out the juicer. Even if we don’t use it every day, I still believe it was one of the best investments we’ve made.
For Ben, we got as many greens as we could find and got to work.
tell me that color isn’t straight from a Dr. Suess book…
5-6 stalks kale [high chlorophyll content / calcium / vits A, C + E]
2 c spinach [highly alkaline / carotenes / folate / manganese/ iron / iodine / amino acids (protein!)]
5 stalks celery [vits B(1,2+6) and C / potassium / folic acid / magnesium / iron / phosphorus]
1/2 large or 1 small cucumber [silica / electrolytes / vit C / highly alkaline]
2 apples [anti-oxidant / anti-inflammatory / phytonutrients]
1’’ ginger [warming / full of anti-oxidants / phosphorus / choline]
All together, it made about 20 oz. of delicious, nutrient-packed juice to be packed alongside Ben’s lunch.
He’s been drinking the stuff for a few days now, and I’m happy to report that his voice is making a come-back!
What’s your staple food for when you start feeling under the weather?
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