Ask the Nutritionist

Questions about leafy greens

Ask the Nutritionist

Posted by mcconnellboys on 5 years ago

Hello,

I have done a search, but do not find my questions answered anywhere. I have just begun using my Breville juicer (Juice Fountain) and I am finding that the leafy greens I pass through it are not being processed completely. Large chunks are left in the pulp bin. Also, I'm not quite sure what is meant by a "handful" of greens - is that is handful of torn up greens (and should they be torn up before processing to help them go through better) or a handful of whole leaves? How many leaves are in a "handful," in general?

Thanks

This topic contains 8 replies, has 1 voices, and was last updated by turet 5 years ago.

Replies To Questions about leafy greens

  • [...]

    5 years ago

    Hi mcconellboys,

    Have you tried compacting the leaves down tight when putting them in the shute to be juiced to get the most of the juice benefit. Re: the handful measurement query, I just grab a whole heap eg baby spinach roll it and fist it tight before washing then compact it in the juicer. Because the human hand size varies, I guess you just estimate what works for you the best.

    I hope this helps.

    Edit | Delete your post
  • mcconnellboys

    5 years ago

    Thank you! I will try that! I also just made a juice using small, semi-soft pears and found that there were some large slices of those that didn't get processed, but Wow! was I impressed with how well sweet potato did!

  • [...]

    5 years ago

    hi mcconellboys,

    Re the soft pears, have you tried just putting them in the blender? There are a number of fruits like banana and avocado that cant be juiced. Do you have access to what foods can be juiced and what can be blended?

    Edit | Delete your post
  • Shunned

    5 years ago

    I used to ball mine up and cram them between cucumbers and I would run all my pulp threw twice. I know it may be a tad bit annoying to do that but to me it was worth it for the extra juice I got.

  • mcconnellboys

    5 years ago

    What a good idea to run the pulp through again, thanks! I think I need to get used to changing motor speeds, too, as that seems to be helping me to pay more attention to that. Now I have another question, please!

    What is a "stalk" of celery? Is it an entire "head" or "bunch"? Or is it just a single "rib"? I've seen it referred to both ways, and know that in general we are juicing larger amounts of veggies, so not sure which way it is being referred to here (in Joe's Mean Green juice, for instance)....

  • [...]

    5 years ago

    @ mcconnellboys,

    A stalk to me just means a stick of celery. You know when you buy celery it can be pulled apart by say 8 sticks on a full bunch, well you just use one of those sticks, or ribs as you say above.

    Edit | Delete your post
  • mcconnellboys

    5 years ago

    Thank you, Maxene! I seem to be getting in the swing of things!

    I've noticed that a lot of the recipes say that the amounts given are TWO servings. Am I supposed to be making and drinking this double serving, or halfing it?

    I ask because I have noticed that, particularly with the Mean Green and some of the other juices that are largely comprised of leafy greens, the serving size for a double serving is about the same amount of juice as the single serving for those juices containing more water filled items....

    I don't think I've ever in my life eaten so many fruits and vegetables in one week.... I'm feeling very vegi!

  • turet

    5 years ago

    I have the same multispeed Breville that you do. I have occasionally had strips of things get around the side of the cutting disk, but it shouldn't happen too much. I bought my kale already cut into pieces, so I'm not sure what happens with the whole leaf.

*Individual results may vary. Reboots are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any medical or health condition. Reboots are not recommended for everyone, and before commencing a Reboot or any other nutritional or dietary regimen, you should consult with your qualified health care provider in order to assess any potential benefits or risks to you with consideration of your personal medical situation. You should also continue to work closely with your qualified health care provider if you intend to engage in a long-term Reboot. Our Guided Reboot Programs are not advised for women who are pregnant or nursing.