Ask DJ Lyons: How to make Romaine Lettuce and Gala Apple Juice

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Romaine Lettuce and Gala Apple Juice close-up

I got the idea for how to make this drink by reading a book called "Green Smoothie Revolution" by Victoria Boutenko. She had a recipe on page 64 she called an "Apple Green Smoothie" that used Romaine lettuce and apples. She also had other ingredients in her drink like dates, cinnamon, and water. I decided to only use these two ingredients alone.

Here's a link to her book in case you are interested in a book that has recipes for 200 different smoothies.

Green Smoothie Revolution by Victoria Boutenko

Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health
Green Smoothie Revolution: The Radical Leap Towards Natural Health

Thanks to processed and fast foods, being overworked, and feeling stressed while eating on the fly, it is increasingly difficult for most of us to eat anywhere near a balanced diet. We may not be obviously sick, but may suffer from lack of focus, insomnia, sluggishness, or any host of symptoms caused by nutritional deficiency. Green Smoothie Revolution takes aim at this silent epidemic by restoring balance to our diets.

Combining nutrition and know-how with recipes that pack a powerhouse punch, Victoria Boutenko reintroduces long neglected fruits, vegetables, and greens in the most persuasive style for our busy lives: with fast prep and delicious results. Featuring 200 recipes, Green Smoothie Revolution offers both simplicity (4 ripe pears, 1 bunch parsley, 2 cups water; blend well) and enough variety to keep taste buds happy and nutrients coming from a wealth of options.

 
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Step 1 - Get out head of Romaine Lettuce and 2 Gala Apples

You will need a head of Romaine lettuce and 2 Gala Apples. You can use other flavors of apples as well. I personally love Gala Apples the best. They are almost always crunchy and very flavorful.

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Step 2 - Pick out 6 medium-size Romaine lettuce leaves or 4 large Romaine lettuce leaves

This is a medium-size head of Romaine lettuce; therefore, I used six leaves. If you are using a large head of Romaine lettuce, you will only need four leaves.

Step 3 - Juice the Romaine lettuce first in your Juicer
Step 3 - Juice the Romaine lettuce first in your Juicer | Source
Step 3A - Juicing the 6 medium-size Romaine lettuce leaves
Step 3A - Juicing the 6 medium-size Romaine lettuce leaves | Source

Step 3 - Juice the Romaine lettuce first in your Juicer

You will juice the Romaine lettuce first. That way, the apples can help push down any part of the lettuce that might not have gone through the juicer.

Step 4 - Juice your 2 Gala Apples next
Step 4 - Juice your 2 Gala Apples next | Source
Step 4A - Juicing the Gala Apples
Step 4A - Juicing the Gala Apples | Source

Step 4 - Juice your 2 Gala Apples next

Next, juice your two Gala ApplesĀ - one after the other.

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Step 5 - Romaine lettuce and 2 Gala Apples have been juiced

Here is the completely juiced Romaine lettuce and Gala Apples.

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Step 6 - Pour your juice into a glass filled with ice

Pour your juice into a glass filled with ice. Of course, you do not have to use ice. I enjoy my drinks a lot more when I use plenty of ice.

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Step 7 - Drink and enjoy

Drink and enjoy this rather tasty drink. I especially enjoyed the cool, clean sensation I felt in the pit of my stomach and the nice aftertaste. I also was happy with the thought that I was helping my body remain healthy and whole.







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