August 9, 2016

Green Juice: Micronutrients, Minerals, Vitamins & Other Good Stuff

Juicing

One of my goals is to stay as healthy as possible with fresh, organic, and non-GMO foods. I try to incorporate daily the idea that “food is thy medicine” and use my garden and farmers market as my medicine cabinet.

That’s one of the reasons that I drink fresh, green juice daily. It’s easy to make and it packs a bunch of micronutrients, minerals, vitamins, and other good stuff into one big glass.

Why do I do this?

I believe that we pay for our health now or we may pay dearly for it later down the road. I also want to be as healthy as possible so I can enjoy my children’s company as long as possible. My family is important to me and we want as much time together as possible.

So here is my green juice recipe.

Green Juice

  • 2 apples
  • a cucumber
  • about 10 kale leaves
  • 1, 1-inch piece of ginger
  • 1, 1-inch piece of turmeric
  • a large lemon

Place all of the ingredients into a juicer and enjoy.

I personally use a Breville Juice Fountain Elite that I purchased about five years ago. It is a centrifugal juicer. 

Breville Juicer

Below is some information on the nutritional value of each of the ingredients that I include in my green juice.

Turmeric

turmeric

Turmeric is a spice that is typically found in Indian food. But did you know that it is also a powerful healing food with over 300 different antioxidants?

It can help relieve arthritis and Alzheimers, prevents cancer, heal the digestive system, combat  diabetes, assist your body in maintaining liver health, and it is good for the heart.

I like to add it to my morning juice as it contains many antioxidants that make your skin, body, and hair more healthy. You can click here to read more about it.

Apples and Cucumbers

apples & cucumber

I like to add apples and cucumbers to my morning juice as they also contain many health benefits and they make your juice taste great. Cucumbers, for example, contain lots of vitamin B which helps you feel invigorated during the day. 

Cucumber also keeps you hydrated without packing on a bunch of calories.

Apples are very beneficial to your heart as they are packed with polyphenol and flavonoids, two very effective antioxidants that keep your heart working strong. If you want to learn more about these two important fruits and vegetable you’ll find more here.

Kale

kale

It is one of nature’s premium superfoods. If you don’t like to eat it raw, you can sneak it into your juice without much complaint. And the rest of the veggies and fruits that I have included in this recipe will mask much of its flavor. I can even get my husband to drink this juice even though he has categorically decided that he hates kale.

One cup of raw kale adds so much punch to your drink. It contains only 33 calories, 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, vitamin A, C, and K, an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, and a lot of folate which is great for your brain. Something I really need help with since I am exhausted most of the time from staying home and homeschooling three little boys. It is virtually one of  the most nutrient-dense foods available.

Ginger

ginger

Ginger is another powerful herb that gives your body lots of benefit when you include it in your juice. It is anti-inflammatory, reduces blood pressure, helps prevent cancer, reduces aches and pain, helps with digestion, can nip a cold in the bud, reduces acne, and more.

Lemons

lemon

I include lemon in this juice because frankly, I love the taste of it. Lemon is antibacterial and the vitamin C contained within it boosts your immune system. It addition to vitamin C it contains citric acid, fiber, magnesium, copper, iron, calcium, and more. It cleanses your liver and your bowels and contains 22 anti-cancer compounds

As you can see my green juice is full of wonderful nutrients that make my body sing with joy! Well, at least I hope so.

Try it and let me know what you think!

ModernMommy

I'm a stay home, homeschooling mommy of three little boys. One of my goals it to normalize natural living to bring us closer to mother earth.

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