Drinking a green juice is like super charging your nutrition - it's a phenomenal way to boost the quality of a plant based diet. While juice skeptics may argue that your juicing habit is a waste of money and will throw you into a diabetic coma, neither is true - as long as you're smart about it.
Avoid juices with a high sugar content. Pay attention to the amount of fruit that is added because your $12 concoction can easily become a glorified apple juice. Choose a juice that contains one piece of fruit OR carrots OR beets. In juicing, the fiber is separated from the water of the fruits & veggies, which can lead to imbalanced blood sugar levels. This can leave well intentioned efforts counterproductive and lead to cravings, swings in energy levels and flatulence.
Choose a juice that is mostly greens. Chlorophyll is the natural pigment found in green vegetables and a potent antioxidant. One study found that chlorophyll helped individuals lose weight, improve metabolic markers and reduce cravings. It is also a potent antioxidant and increases activity of phase 2 detoxification in the liver.
No need to spend a fortune - dust off your juicer and enjoy my favorite green juice recipe. Enjoy it on an empty stomach or as the base for your morning smoothie for an am energy boost.
- 6 stalks of celery
- 1/2 long seedless cucumber
- 1/2 lime, skin removed
- 1.5 c packed spinach
- 1/2 bunch of lacinato kale
- 1/2 bunch of dandelion greens
Thoroughly wash your vegetables and process them through your juicer. Remove the foam and serve immediately or store in air tight container for up to 36 hours.
Supercharge your juice with herbs like cilantro, parsley, turmeric, ginger.