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Green Juicing 101 + Bonus Recipes!

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A balanced diet is a healthy one. But with today’s fast-paced lifestyle, having time to prepare all the food needed to complete that diet and then actually sit down to consume the RDA (or Recommended Dietary Allowance, which is the average daily level of intake sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all healthy people as defined by the National Institutes of Health) of said food can be a challenge. Juicing is a great way to supplement your nutrient intake and it doesn’t take long to down a glass.

Nutrients are absorbed faster

Green juice is a great way for our body to get the energy boost and phytonutrients it needs. Drinking it first thing in the morning is the optimal time since an empty stomach absorbs the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and chlorophyll faster into the bloodstream thanks to the absence of all that fiber.

Consume more vegetables

According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a healthy diet should include the equivalent of 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit per day. If you drink one cup of 100% fruit juice, that counts as 1 cup of fruit. Green juice helps you eat more green vegetables in one drink compared to trying to fit a variety of vegetables in every single meal or for example eating. Adding fruit to that drink for added flavor, as well more nutrients, just completes what your body needs to give you that energy to start your day.

Drink in the morning

Having the glass of green juice first thing in the morning it on an empty stomach is the fastest way to absorb all those vitamins and mineral. Drinking it after a meal only slows down the process. This also gives your body that natural burst of energy without taking stimulants like coffee or energy drinks.

Drink it fresh

Drink your juice right after it has gone through your juicer. Although it can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container up to 72 hours, once the fruits and vegetables have been processed from solid to liquid and the protective skins have been removed, the food starts to quickly lose its nutrients.

Chlorophyll isn’t just for plants

Chlorophyll is how plants get their green color. For us, consuming green colored plants can cleanse the blood of impurities and helps increase circulation.

Immune system boost

Having your daily dose of green juice is the perfect way for your body to get all the vitamins and minerals it needs to strengthen your immune system. A healthier you can lead to a happier and more fulfilling life!

Here are a few quick recipes to get you started…

Green Juice: Spinach + Blueberry + Green Apple

  • A small handful of spinach (1-2 ounces)
  • 5-10oz of blueberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • Optional: 1 lemon

Morning Green Juice

  • 2 cucumbers (cold)
  • 2 Granny Smith apples (cold)
  • 1 large lemon, peeled (cold)
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey or ½” nub of fresh ginger
  • Optional: a tsp of raw honey

 

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