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Posted by marcydel on 2 years ago Hi All: I'm on day 7 of my juice fast, trying for 15 and then maybe 30. I've been making the Mean Green recipe, and have had to modify it quite a bit because it's so bitter. Is that the kale? I've cut back from 8 leaves to 6 leaves to 4 leaves, added some romaine in it's place and it's still very bitter. I've peeled my lemon and my cucumber just in case, but others are not doing that. I'm gonna try spinach with it and cut back to 3 kale leaves. What does chard taste like? Any suggestions? I don't want to quit because I can't stomach the juice!

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  • ktyler44

    2 years ago
    Maybe you could vary the juices more. Find some other green juice recipes. It doesn't have to be the mean green juice.
  • Debsmith714

    2 years ago
    I hear not to use the Kale stems!! I only use the leaves!! Good luck!
  • Missjulesdid

    2 years ago
    I find that the fresher the kale the less bitter it is. Also I have tried romaine that is more bitter than kale. Taste the Kale when you go to buy it and see how bitter it is. You might also find collard greens less bitter than kale and they're nutritionally pretty much identical. If you REALLY can't handle it after trying fresher leaves then maybe you should go with the spinach? It's not quite as nutritionally dense but it's still green and healthy. Also I don't like the mean green recipe. I changed it so much it doesn't even resemble the original recipe...I nixed the cucumber and put more celery and added a sweet potato..then I got rid of the ginger and lemon. I actually use 8 HUGE collard green leaves, 2 apples, 4-6 carrots, 1 sweet potato and lots of celery. It makes about 32 ounces of juice so it's enough for two. Yeah I know it's not "mean green" and it has more sugar due to the sweet potato and carrots. But it's certainly green and it's so delicious that sometimes I wake up in the night and crave it.
  • DinaLynn

    2 years ago
    DOes anyone have the exact original recipe for "mean Green"? Thank~You!
  • Sandra

    2 years ago
    Marcydel: The spinach will help -- I find it very palatable. I'm not crazy about the kale, either. Not exactly crazy about cucumber juice, either, though I like both of those when I'm actually eating them. I added a 1/2 tomato to my afternoon juice today, and the distraction in taste was highly welcome :) I'm probably deviating slightly from "the plan" but I have to add some fruit or I can hardly gag the green stuff down. My favorite green juice so far is spinach-pear-strawberry-blueberry-watermelon-pineapple and 1/4 lemon. Yeah, I know -- shame on me for adding all the fruit, but I'm not adding that much. Also, pears contain levulose, a different type of sugar which puts them low on the glycemic index, and strawberries and blueberries are low as well. I add only a small amount of pineapple and watermelon. Though I may be using a bit too much fruit, I do not want to assume to steer anyone else in that direction (God forbid! I wouldn't intentionally sabotage anyone!) but this works for me, and because of it, I'm able to get some green juice into my body, AND I'm still losing weight! One more thing I thought I'd mention is wheatgrass. I haven't really noticed anyone on here talking about it, but it tastes quite good, makes you feel wonderful, and doesn't create that nasty aftertaste that makes the next swallow unbearable. Take care, and don't give up! It's got to get better :)
  • On-the-Road-Again

    2 years ago
    Flavor Fixing We?ve all done it at some point. Juiced up a bunch of vibrant, healthy and delicious vegetables and fruits only to taste it and think ? ick! My first botched batch of juice had way too much ginger. I love ginger and know how good it is for immunity and digestion so I figured, the more the better! When my beautiful green juice, made with local, organic veggies from my CSA/farm share box, like kale, swiss chard (silverbeet), dandelion greens and collards (cabbage leaves), celery, cucumber tasted awful, I was determined to rescue it and turn my juice into something palatable. No way was I wasting all that green goodness! Here are some tips for how to turn any juice disaster into a delicious drink. Start by adding more ingredients to boost nutrients and tweak the flavor. If this doesn?t do the trick, then try diluting and pouring your juice over ice. If all else fails blend in some smooth and creamy fruits. Step 1: Don?t throw it away! With a bit of creativity and determination you can transform your juice from icky to yummy, strong to subtle or bitter to sweet. Step 2: Add more ingredients ? sweet- apple, pear, strawberries, peach, watermelon, butternut squash (baby pumpkin), celery root/celeriac ? tart ? pineapple, mango, orange, clementine, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, blackberries, raspberries, lemon, lime (remove citrus peels for less zest/bitter flavor) ? heat- jalapeno, serrano, habanero or other hot pepper (capsicum), sprinkle some cracked red pepper, chipotle, cumin or other spice on top ? flavor- fresh is best but dried works too sprinkled and mixed in. Thyme, cilantro (coriander), basil, mint, fennel, cinnamon, parsley, ginger, scallion, red onion, garlic, etc? ? neutral- zucchini (courgette), summer squash (yellow squash) cucumber, jicama (yam bean,) grapes, romaine lettuce (cos lettuce) Step 3: Dilute with ? coconut water ? water ? juice of just one fruit/veggie (like 100% carrot, apple or orange) ? your favorite juice ? pour over ice Step 4: Blend in more flavors ? banana ? avocado
  • On-the-Road-Again

    2 years ago
    I think this is it..it was in the 15 day classic reboot plan. Green Juice 6 leaves Kale 2 cups Spinach 1/2 Cucumber 4 stalks Celery 2 Apples 1? Ginger root Calories: 180 Protein: 12 g Fiber: 1 g
  • blakemaster2000

    2 years ago
    I just made Mean Green for the first time this morning. It's not bad, considering what actually went into that juicer. Much more tolerable than I expected!
  • lindawa

    2 years ago
    The Mean Green on the 3 day fast has a lemon in it. I threw the whole thing in and it was bitter. I read later that the peel is bitter so I'm planning to just use the juice or peel it next time. I've been doing smoothies with kale in them and got use to the taste so it doesn't bother me now. It's an acquired taste. Spinach is much milder.