Wherever do the young find these things?! Suja, an organic cleansing drink developed by a RAW chef and his partner, a woman who wrestled with autoimmune skin disease as a teen, has become a staple of those who take getting and staying in shape seriously.
Founders Eric Ethans and Annie Lawless have a passion for helping people “feel better” by transforming the way they think about food and nourishing their bodies. As a youngster, Eric was immersed in gardening—especially organic gardening; and Annie spent her youth dealing with food sensitivities so that she never felt “quite right.” Each set out on his own path, meeting at a yoga studio years later and conversing over—what else?—juice!
Their relationship evolved, and so did their mutual desire to found “the perfect juicing” formula that would both cleanse the body and restore vitality. The couple set upon developing a cold-pressed (as opposed to centrifugal force) juicing production that would “draw in air and produce friction heat and static electricity, preventing oxidation, and yielding a higher amount of juice that is both clean and crisp to the taste.”
Other juices are produced with a flash pasteurizing method; but Ethans and Lawless wanted their juices created with Hydrostatic Pressure which is applied to all sides of the plastic-bottled juice to kill pathogens.
Each of our eight GreenAcres Markets carries Suja, but there are different flavors in every store. Suja juice contains roughly 2-3 pounds of organic produce—that’s a lot of roughage! StyleWatch magazine once said of the drink’s popularity: “The only thing trendier than carrying a St. Laurent bag right now in California is carrying a bottle of Suja, preferably a green juice!”
So how many calories are in a typical cleanse? Suja says an average 8-oz. drink contains 90 calories. A one-day cleanse of six juices has about 1200 calories total. The drinks were not created as a weight-loss gimmick, but rather as a health aid where the body can detox and repair to give the system time to acclimate to a better way of consuming nourishment.
Since kale is a huge ingredient in the Green Supreme drink, and is a favorite veggie of one of its founders, it’s no wonder Annie Lawless uses it to make her favorite dinner salad. We offer Annie’s famous Seaweed Kale Salad below.
Says Annie (pictured below): “Kale is the king of greens and I can’t get enough! Rich in iron, chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, and calcium, there’s no reason not to love this versatile and easy to prepare leafy green. Along with drinking Suja Green Supreme regularly, I like to incorporate it into at least 5 or 6 meals per week.
“Dulse is a powerhouse seaweed with an earthy, salty flavor that is a great source of vegetarian B12 and B6 along with iron and many other vitamins and minerals. A simple and fast kale salad without an overly rich, heavy dressing is my favorite and most fuss free way to consume both of these fabulous foods and here’s how I do it with no added oils, dairy, or sugar.”
- 1 head lacinato kale (I prefer the flatter leaf, but you may use curly if you like)
- 1 avocado
- 1 handful of dulse seaweed
- 1 large carrot, julienne
- 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 red onion or scallions for a more mild onion flavor
- 1T Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp tamari
- Juice of half a lemon
- Finely julienne the kale or run through shredder attachment of a food processor. The smaller pieces help the kale tenderize when we massage it and make it easier to eat.
- Peel the carrot into ribbons with a vegetable peeler.
- Add the handful of dulse, more if you like a saltier flavor.
- Dice the onion and cube the avocado, adding them to the bowl.
- Next, squeeze the lemon juice and add it to the bowl along with the tamari, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder.
- Now it’s time to use your hands! Massage all of the ingredients together for 3-5 minutes, tenderizing the kale and making sure everything is well combined.
- Last, halve the cherry tomatoes and add them to the salad.
If you consult your GreenAcres September newsletter, you’ll see that Suja is now on sale in all our stores, two 12oz. bottles for $6. Skol!
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