THOUGHTS ON CRAVINGS...
By varying your ingredients, not only do you increase your nutrient possibilities, you might learn what you're actually craving in the mean green recipe. Maybe you're craving the ginger or the lemon? I mean, if you make the new version with a slight variation and it just does NOT get it for you, what did you leave out that time? Just a suggestion. If you find out what you're craving, then you could look for other juices to make that have that in them or find that in other forms (like Zeke's "ginger shot" or my ginger ale).
I do pay attention to the types of cravings you're talking about. I suggest there is something in there you really NEED. And it's maybe not the whole juice exactly in the recipe, but a part of it...
This is why I say that: There was one year, more than a decade ago, I was craving red bell peppers this way. I would find myself drawn to them in the stores. It's like even though they were expensive I could not get enough of them. I had not been in the habit of buying or eating them all my life; we only had green bell peppers... probably hadn't seen one for most of my life! So it was odd that I ate one and then had this never ending craving for them. I would find myself drawn to their color in the grocery stores! I just really really wanted to buy them. Strangely. I am serious. Another friend had a daughter who also could eat these every day. I remember talking with her thru the year... because they were very expensive to us at the time.
Then, after a year or more, my family started trying out green smoothies. Within maybe three weeks, I realized my cravings for red bell peppers had gone away. Totally. Whatever debit I had, my body was getting in the green spinach smoothies now ( our basic recipe we started with was just spinach or sometimes spring salad mix, my best source of organic greens at the time, plus a frozen banana pineapple, lime juice, mango ) was being satisfied and I didn't NEED red bell peppers anymore. I didn't NEED red bell peppers again for many years. I'd eat them but was not craving them like that.
Lately I realized I've been craving red beets this way. Red bell peppers are a second option; not quite as tempting. Red tomatoes, well, if they're red enough, might be a bit tempting. I don't want my carrot juice without beets included. I mean it's okay. But I made a special trip to the store today because they were out of red beets Friday and today they were out so I stopped in at a more expensive store and splurged on some nice red beets. Something in my body craves them. As I write this, I am really looking forward to my carrot/beet juice in the morning and now I'm kind of craving a juice made with tomatoes and red bell peppers -- the juice more so that putting these on my salad. It would just feel so good going down!
This is diff from the types of cravings we get for unhealthy foods. I believe in listening to my body for these type cravings.I remember the green smoothie author said her son craved mangoes I think it was. For a week or so (? don't remember) she bought more and more mangoes for him; a whole box one day! One day, he was done with mangoes. There was something in there he needed. Much later she writes she found out something in the mangoes was good for his medical condition. And cantelopes which her daughter had craved were good for her condition, too. ( I think I've got that right.)