You may have heard about green juices/ If you haven’t, they’re a drink made from vegetable—green ones—that is healthy. The veggies include spinach, wheatgrass, kale, cucumbers and even herbs like parsley and mint. If you’ve ever consumed blended greens, you probably know they are a bit bitter and not too tasty. That’s why fruit is often added to make it sweeter. Apples, oranges and other fruits high in sugar are normally the choices. Most people like to make their own, rather than use commercial varieties. They can control the ingredients that way and don’t have the negative effects of pasteurization.
Supplementing a healthy diet with green juices has its benefits.
While green juices won’t provide the fiber you need daily, which is why it’s a supplement, it does supply a lot of nutrients in a glass. Leafy greens also can help reduce inflammation, which is good for the heart, brain, immune system and joints. Some compounds in green juices are prebiotic to support healthy bacteria and is an easy way to get a lot of nutrients at once.
You need a juicer to make this recipe but can use a blender and strain it for the green juice.
Combine one and one-fourth apple with one and one-fourth cucumber, a cup and a third of kale with a third of a lemon that’s quartered. Put it in a juicer or juice press and enjoy. It helps reduce inflammation, contains antioxidants, aids in lowering blood pressure, promotes healthier skin and reduces the potential for cancer and heart health. If you don’t have a juicer or press, put in a blender and strain through cheesecloth into a container.
This antioxidant rich green juice improves digestion and supports your immune system.
This delicious green juice also helps prevent certain types of cancer, provides increased energy and cardiovascular support. It contains two cups of pineapple chunks, 2/3rds of a cucumber, a half a medium apple and 6 mint leaves. Just put in the juicer or press and enjoy. If you don’t have a juicer, you can blend it and strain it through cheesecloth into a container. Twelve ounces contains 150 calories.
- You can create your own favorite recipe based on your taste and the nutrients you want present. Adding kale to your mixture will increase vitamins A, C and K. It’s been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and lower risk of heart disease.
- You don’t always have to add fruit to make your juice sweet and delicious. Carrots can do that job and increase vitamin A, biotin and potassium content, while providing antioxidants. They’re linked to reducing types of cancer, the risk of eye disease and heart disease.
- You can use both the roots and leaves of beets to add sweetness and nutrients like manganese, potassium and folate to your green juice. It provides nitrates that help lower blood pressure, improve brain health and athletic performance.
- Add spinach, broccoli and cabbage. Cabbage is high in vitamin K and C, plus reduces inflammation, fights diabetes and heart disease. Spinach provides more benefits, plus adds an antacid effect, while the nutrients in broccoli can help prevent mental decline.
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