With a new juicer in my kitchen, I’ve been concocting all kinds of healthy juice recipes. They taste fantastic and are loaded with nutrition. Here’s the recipe for my favorite green juice recipe. I call it the Green Blast, because you get a blast of nutrition and flavor when you drink one. It’s the power of green.
The Key to Health: Fruits and Vegetables
Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is key to achieving and maintaining optimal health while reducing the risk for many diseases. Eating whole fruits and vegetables is best, because you get the fiber. But consuming enough fruits and vegetables daily can be challenging. Juicing is an easy way to add powerful, plant-based nutrition to your diet.
Juicing: An Addition, Not Replacement
Juicing does not replace whole fruits and vegetables in our diet, but augments them. Think of juicing as a boost for our digestive health, immune systems and more. Juicing provides liquid nutrients that are quickly absorbed by our body, so you still need to get enough fiber in your diet by eating whole fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are like natures pharmacy…or you could say spell it “farmacy”. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and are powerful tools in fighting disease. We can’t get enough of them. Use juicing to boost your fruit and vegetable intake.
As I researched the nutritional benefit of each ingredient in this recipe I was amazed by what I found. This fruit and vegetable juice:
- Helps our bodies to flush out environmental toxins from pesticides, heavy metals, and air pollution
- Are packed with vitamin C, which is detoxifying and cleansing
- Provide antioxidants like vitamin C and K, and trace minerals such as manganese, which improve circulation, support digestive, cardiovascular health, enhance brain function, and reduce the negative effects of stress
- Provide anti-inflammatory benefits
- Are anti-aging (and don’t we all want this)
- Boost energy
- loaded with antioxidant nutrients, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and anti-cancer nutrients.
Juicing at Home
Some commercial juices contain added sugar and preservatives, so when you make juices at home you are getting the best for your body. Be sure to make it then drink it right away. If it sits some of the nutritional power will be lost.
Juicing Versus Blending
Juicing and blending are both good, they’re just different. I do both. See what works best for you. I use my Vitamix blender each morning for smoothies and for pureeing soups, etc. For more information on juicing versus blending read this. After some research, I decided on a Breville Elite Juice Fountain and have been really happy with it.
This recipe uses raw kale. If you have thyroid issues, check with your health practitioner about eating raw kale. Using lightly steamed kale may be better. If you don’t have thyroid issues. Also, if you are on blood thinner medication, check with your doctor about consuming kale as it has vitamin K, which thins the blood.