The green juice, some call it ‘a new lease of life to better their health’ while others know it as ‘the worst tasting thing on the planet’, has more health benefits than you can imagine.
Green juice consists of a variety of green leafy vegetables such as callaloo, spinach, collard greens, as well as other vegetables and fruits to make a healthy, rich smoothie from which a whole household can benefit. This juice is processed through a juicer and while it is unpleasant to taste and smell (depending on what you use to make your juice); the green juice keeps the body rejuvenated and youthful.
Supplying the body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes which are extremely beneficial, one should be very specific as to what vegetables to use to ensure that the most nutrients are reaped. Variety is the key and leafy greens have various nutritional components, but which leafy greens, herbs and fruits should be used?
• Leafy Greens: Spinach, callaloo, kale, collard greens, beet greens, lettuce, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, are just a few of those leafy greens with great nutritional components which act as a foundation for your green juice.
• Herbs: mint, dill, ginger, turmeric, parsley, cilantro, and much more herbs can be added for a combination of vitamins and minerals which is highly beneficial to your diet.
• Fruit: pears, pineapple, apple, citrus, berries and kiwi give the green juice a more favorable taste which most consumers love and find more appealing.
The best times to make green juice is in the mornings, right before meals or a few hours after to assimilate vitamins and minerals. Eating and drinking the juice will slow down nutrient absorption and also cause gas, indigestion and fermentation. Green juice should be consumed daily, a quart at a time, either eight ounces four times daily, or sixteen ounces twice daily (once in the morning and once in the afternoon). This intake allows the body to benefit greatly and surpass the daily intake of vegetables and fruits in the diet.
Here are common reasons to take green juice and its benefits:
○ Green Juice aids in weight loss.
As mentioned before, the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes in the components of the juice aid in weight loss. Also, while green juice is very filling, you tend to eat less because you feel fuller longer through the day.
○ Very alkalizing
The body needs a balance between the alkalizing and acidic conditions within the body and since diseases thrive in acidic conditions, the green juice acts as an alkalizing agent.
○ Increased energy
Everyone knows that vegetable and fruit intake only increases your energy
○ Fulfills the daily recommended intake of fruits and vegetables
The daily intake of fruits and vegetables is exceeded with this green juice, however, if there is a conscious knowing that this is occurring, try to intake the juice at maximum three to four times a week as to not overdose. Everything should be done in moderation.
○ Improved hair, skins, and nails
The benefit of vegetable and fruits intake is that it not only improves the look of your hair, skins and nails but also the feel. For those who take capsules/tablets to compensate for the lack of beautiful hair, skin or nails, you should try switching to a more natural alternative.
Green juice aids in releasing the toxins from the body. Also, a natural cleanser, green juice helps the body to feel more rejuvenated and healthy once the body is released of the accumulated waste.
Here are some recipes which can help beginners start off their day healthy. Combine all ingredients in a juicer and enjoy the benefits.
Kale Pineapple Mint
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Cup Pineapple
3 Kale Leaves
1 Handful Mint
1/2 Lemon (remove peel)
2 Celery Ribs
1 Handful of Cilantro
4 Sprigs of Basil
4 handfuls of Spinach (Swiss chard is another great substitute)
4 small Fuji Apples (2 medium Fuji apples)
By Alexandra Daley