There has been so much hype over green juice and green smoothies over the past few years. Are these nutrient dense drinks for you? Are they not? That is really up to each individual to decide.
Personally, I love green smoothies and green juice. I won’t deny that when I first jumped on the “green machine” bandwagon in 2011 that it took quite some time to adjust to the flavour and texture of the smoothies and juices, but it didn’t take all that long to adjust. Plus, I think after awhile I really began to see the benefits of these nutrient dense drinks, and that also contributed to making it so much more worthwhile.
I am not going to sit here and boast about why I think you should jump on the green smoothie and green juice bandwagon. It is really a personal preference. I am a gal who loves her fruits and vegetables. Now while I know that it would be much more rewarding to enjoy my produce while fresh and in their original state, I know that realistically I won’t in a day. For this reason, I add blending and juicing to my daily regime. If I am not going to eat all my fruits and veggies, then it is better to drink them then not have them at all. Blending and juicing helps me ensure that my body takes in all the necessary nutrients, minerals, enzymes and vitamins daily. I complement my blending and juicing habit with a well-balanced diet, and certainly do not use it as a form of cleansing or detoxing.
Some of the benefits that come from sipping green juice, includes: glowing skin, increased energy, cleansing of the digestive system, weight loss and / or management and it helps keep your body in an alkaline state. These are just some of the key reasons why I love my green sippers!
So if you are feeling a little adventurous, dip your feet into the world of green juice and try my personal favourite recipe for Glowing Green Juice! I assure you that you won’t be disappointed, and hey – if you find it isn’t for you… At least you can say you tried!
Glowing Green Juice Recipe
- 2 cups romaine lettuce
- 1 cup broccoli
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/3 english cucumber
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 kiwis
- 1 bartlett pear
- 1 apple
- handful of grapes (about 1/2 a cup)
- Juice of a 1/4 inch lemon wedge (optional)
- Add ingredients to fruit extractor. I like to start with something like broccoli and then follow-up with a juicier fruit or vegetable, like an apple, and so on and so forth until all ingredients have been processed through the extractor.
- Add juice to a mason jar. Squeeze the lemon wedge over top. Place lid on the jar and give jar a good shake.
* This recipe makes 2 servings. Feel free to enjoy a serving immediately and store the remainder in the fridge for consumption later. The juice can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Love a good juice recipe? Check out this recipe for Rise and Shine “Energizing” Juice.