Friday, February 7, 2020

The Best Green Juice (It's My New Fave!)


The concept of juicing is pretty simple - throw some fruits and veggies into a good quality juicer and watch as the machine extrudes the fresh, vibrant juices from nature's little antioxidant-rich wonders. But some combinations of fruit and vegetables simply work better than others. I recently made a green juice that turned out to be delicious, so I jotted down the ingredients that I used and snapped a few quick photos. This green juice recipe is so good, it just had to be shared! I'm calling it the best green juice, because it's my new favourite. But tailor the recipe as you see fit. You might like it less sweet, with more greens and less fruit, for example.

Before I share my new favourite green juice recipe, please note you should consult your health care provider prior to consuming green juice, especially if you're taking any medications or have a chronic illness. I'm not a medical or nutrition expert, but I know that concentrated amounts of vitamins (like the vitamin K found in kale) may interact with medications. Fresh juice may also lead to blood sugar spikes, because you get the fruit sugars without fibre. I personally don't juice to "cleanse" my body or to replace meals. I enjoy a fresh green juice now and then for the taste and the boost of vitamins. I also have a diet that's plenty high in fibre, so I'm not worried about occasionally removing the fibre from fruit and veggies while juicing.


I have trouble digesting whole, raw kale so I like to include kale in my green juice recipes, where there's no remaining roughage that might aggravate my IBS symptoms. Kale lends such a lovely, green hue to the juice. It always makes me marvel at the beauty of natural, whole foods.


I added fresh cut pineapple to this green smoothie for a couple of reasons. For one thing, I have a sweet tooth and pineapple is nicely sweet. For another thing, winter and my tendency towards inactivity has me feeling sluggish and sore. Pineapples are loaded with nutrients, including vitamin C, which is said to encourage a healthy immune system and aid with the absorption of iron. Pineapples also contain digestive enzymes that can help along the digestion of other foods. The bromelain in pineapples may also reduce inflammation and boost immunity.


In addition to kale and pineapple, this green juice recipe calls for apple, clementines, English cucumber, lime and ginger. I like to include ginger in my green juice whenever possible, because it adds a nice little kick of heat and may offer additional health benefits. According to this article in Medical News Today, ginger may help break up and expel gas in the intestinal tract during digestion, relieve constipation, reduce nausea and fight inflammation. Watch this video in which Dr. Michael Greger talks about the potential benefits of ginger for obesity and fatty liver disease. Plus, ginger root is very inexpensive to buy! And we all know juicing isn't a cheap endeavour.

Overall, this green juice has a delicious flavour that's not too heavy on the veggies. I suppose that's why it has earned the title of best green juice - it's just my opinion and my preferences, because taste is a very personal thing. 

Questions for you


Tell me about you. Do you like your green juice to be a combo of veggies and fruit like this? Do you enjoy a bit of sweetness? Or do you like to stuff your green juice with all things green (celery, spinach, kale, etc.)?

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The Best Green Juice

(2 servings)


Ingredients
  • 6 to 8 leaves kale
  • half of a pineapple, cored and peeled
  • 1 gala apple
  • 3 clementines, peeled
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1 lime, peeled
  • 1 1/2-inch knob of ginger, peeled
Instructions

Cut all ingredients into chunks. Process through a high quality juicer.

Pour into glasses, stir and serve.

Nutrition Information:


Each serving has approximately: 187 calories, 1.53g fat, 43mg sodium, 1075mg potassium, 54.08g carbohydrates, 1.4g dietary fibre, 32.65g sugar, 6.59g protein, 493µg vitamin A, 208.5mg vitamin C, 211mg calcium, 2.44mg iron, 692µg vitamin K.

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