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Center Stage: Collard Crush Green Juice with Eating Bird Food

Brittany Mullins is a certified health coach, NASM personal trainer and lover of all things food, nutrition and fitness. With her health coaching she focuses on nourishing the body with clean foods, daily movement, moderation and balance. Through her blog, Eating Bird Food, she shows a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be a challenge and shares healthy recipes, fitness activities and snippets of her daily life. Brittany can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The holidays are over, 2015 is here and you’re looking to get healthy, boost your energy and feel amazing… sound about right?

The one thing I always tell my health coaching clients is that you don’t have to overhaul everything in your life at once. In fact, doing so is usually a bad idea because most people dive in full-force, then get burnt out and end up going back to old ways in just a few short months.

At the end of the day it’s about making small, manageable changes. These changes may not seem like much, but implemented over time, they really add up and can make a huge difference in your health. A couple ideas include riding your bike to work instead of driving, toting around a water bottle so you stay hydrated throughout the day or swapping your morning cup of joe for a nutrient-packed green juice — like the one I’m sharing today.

Why collard greens? Kale is the superstar of dark leafy greens, but collards are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals as well and they tend to produce more juice than kale. Load up your juicer with a few collard leaves for a healthy dose of carotenoids, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, folate and manganese.

This particular combo combines all of my favorite green juice components — apples, cucumber, grapefruit, ginger and lemon — along with the collard greens. The mixture has a vibrant green color, a sweetness from the apple and grapefruit and a tiny kick from the fresh ginger. One glass and you’ll feel energized and ready to take on the day!

Collard Crush Green Juice

Yield: Serves 1
Author: Brittany Mullins

Ingredients

  • 4 large collard leaves
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 1 grapefruit, peel and pith removed
  • 1 lemon, peel and pith removed

Instructions

  1. Cut the apples and cucumber as needed to fit through the chute of the juicer.
  2. Juice the ingredients in the order listed.
  3. Stir and serve immediately.

Rated “Most Efficient” in a recent issue of Food & Wine magazine, the Big Mouth® Pro Juice Extractor packs all the same punch that you would expect from a Hamilton Beach juice extractor, featuring reliable efficiency, high speed and no-fuss cleanup. With a powerful 1.1 horsepower (Hp) motor and extra-wide feed chute that fits almost anything you put in, it flawlessly performs the task of extracting the juice from a whole apple in 3 seconds flat.

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