With the recent reports of arsenic found in commercial juices, I am even more committed to only juicing at home, using fresh and organic produce. Everyday there seems to be reports of food being laced with something toxic. It's a shame and reinforces my goal to be self sustainable.
One of the ways I make sure that babygirl gets her daily vitamins, minerals and other nutrients is green juices. Even on days when she's not eating or nursing as much, I feel secure that she is in good health when we start the day with green juice or a green smoothie.
Fresh juices have the most enzymes and the nutrients are more easily absorbed by your body. Commercial juices have been pasteurized which kills enzymes. Plus, juices from home taste miles better!
We get most of our produce from the Farmer's market. I find it more economical to buy organic there and it's nice to get to know the vendors and when and where they harvest their produce.
For time management, I don't juice everyday. It's best if you can make your juices right before you drink them, because fresh juice has the most enzymes, but every couple days works best with my scheduling. We do a batch every couple days and start again when that runs out.
Farmers market day is the best juice day, because everything is fresh and I love to try out new combos right when we get home!
My green juicing combos usually are something like this.
I use kale, collards, dandelion greens and other dark leafy greens because they have a lot of nutrients and antioxidants.
I use veg like cucumber, celery and lettuces for their water content.
I use fruit to sweeten the juice. Apples and grapes are good choices, because they are very sweet and you only need a few of them.
I add in a small amount of lemon, ginger, garlic and or herbs for further nutrition, digestive and cleansing properties.
Check out WHFoods for nutritional content.
Most often we make green juices, but we also enjoy others, like carrot or cran apple.