While walking around a local farmer’s market with my husband, the two of us enjoying a fresh cold-pressed juice, I said something along the lines of, “If I had a juicer I’d make fresh juice all of the time!”
A week later on Mother’s Day, I opened my very own juicer proving that sometimes husbands actually listen. (However he never seems to be listening when I mention the diamond earrings or whatever expensive handbag I’m currently coveting, but I digress…) I do love my juicer and I have learned to make juice in batches to cut down on the cleaning. Best of all, I’m learning to make healthy juices that are damn tasty!
I’m not always the best about making sure I am eating my daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Juicing makes it easy. I get all of the unprocessed nutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants that help remove free radicals that are responsible for aging, tissue damage, and disease. (Juicing does remove the fiber which has important health benefits as well, so I would never recommend only getting your fruits and veggies through juicing.)
My Detox Green Juice
This juice is an easy one to make. You will need the following:
- 2 Green Apples, cut into quarters
- 1 Green Bell Pepper, stem removed
- 1 Cucumber, peeled
- A handful of Spinach
- 2 stalks of Celery
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
Apples: Contain phytonutrients and antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Green Bell Pepper: An excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin C and vitamin B6, a very good source of folate, vitamin E, vitamin B2, and potassium.
Cucumber: Very hydrating, helps flush out toxins, contains vitamins A, B, C which boosts immunity and gives you energy, and has skin-friendly mineral like magnesium, potassium, and silicon.
Spinach: Hello Super Food! High in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K and B6, folate, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Celery: Has antioxidants that act as anti-inflammatories, has a diuretic effect to reduce bloating and boost digestion, helps to protect the liver and prevent ulcers.
Lemon: Balances your pH, contains potassium, vitamin C, aids in digestion and has been known to support weight loss.