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Green Juice Benefits + My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

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To juice or not to juice, that is the question.

I say juice – mostly because when I consistency drink freshly juiced green veggies I have more energy, my skin is more clear, and I just feel better all around.

Here are just a few green juice benefits:

  1. Fresh green juice reduces inflammation in your body, and according to Christine Lydon, MD, of Yale Medical School “inflammatory processes lie at the root of virtually every chronic disease process known to modern man – from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and cancer.” Yuck! Inflammation = bad. Anti-inflammatory green juice = good.
  2. The enzymes in fresh green juice improve your digestive health, and most health experts believe at least 80% of your immune system lives in your digesting system. Again, drink up.
  3. Green Juice drenches your body in plant nutrients and chlorophyll (aka liquid sunshine.)  Chlorophyll strengthens your immune system, helps control inflammation, increases red blood cell production, and helps enhance your cells’ ability to carry oxygen.

The ingredients in this juice have excellent healing and detoxifying properties. It’s a great way to start your day. Feel free to add any other fresh veggies you have in the house; a good rule of thumb is at least three veggies to every piece of fruit to keep the sugar down and your blood sugar balanced.

My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

Prep Time: Less than 10 minutes
Total Time: Less than 10 minutes
Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

  • 2 large organic cucumbers
  • 3 ribs organic celery
  • 1 large broccoli stem (cut off all florets and reserve them for another recipe)
  • 2-3 leaves green kale
  • 1 organic lemon, half peeled with the white part left on
  • 1 to 2 organic apples or pears
  • 1 to 2 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled

Recipe: Wash all produce well and push each whole piece through your juicer, cutting it in half if necessary to fit through the top of the juicer. Add a few ice cubes if you want your juice cold, and drink it right away as the nutrients will begin to degrade once exposed to oxygen.

Tip: if you’re new to juicing, skip the kale for a while. It’s so good for you but is a very strong flavor. Ease into juicing with milder greens and as you grow to love it add the kale and other strong greens.

For inquiring minds, I use the Breville Juice Fountain™ Multi-Speed and love it.

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  1. Meredith Lauren Virant

    August 28th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Think I could do this in the vitamix and then strain?

  2. Elizabeth Rider

    August 28th, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Meredith! Great to see you here. For sure, a nut milk bag works great – it’s similar to cheese cloth but you can wash and reuse them, they’re around $10 🙂

  3. Liz Witt

    August 29th, 2012 at 10:48 am

    i have a question about juicing in general– how often do you need to juice to reap the benefits? Daily? a few times a week?

  4. Elizabeth Rider

    August 29th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Great question – I think even just one juice has benefits 🙂 Every body is different – I try to juice at least 3 times per week and think that alone helps. Some weeks I do more more, some less. Just do the best you can!

  5. Theresa Marchigiani Butironi

    August 29th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Is there a reason you did not put organic kale and broccoli? As far as I know, Kale is part of the “Dirty Dozen”. I have not heard anything on broccoli. Thanks!

  6. Elizabeth Rider

    August 29th, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Hi there! Good q – I always imply organic when writing recipes so I didn’t call it out explicitly but now going back and reading it I should have! 🙂

  7. disqus_qHmCbE7HE9

    August 29th, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Hi Elizabeth , I am recent graduate from IIN and have your book and newsletter . You are doing excellent job! have a question for you though about some of ingridients in your recipes in the book – edamame and agave nectar . How edamame differs from other soy product ? I never read anywhere anything about pros and cons of consuming it even though there are many publications about soy troubles. And same with agave- lots of confusion. Thank you

  8. Ms. Sloan

    August 30th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    For the lemon, it says half peeled with pith intact. Does this mean to take the rind off half the lemon, so you would have pith on one half and whole rind on the other?

  9. Elizabeth Rider

    August 31st, 2012 at 9:02 am

    The pith (white part) is excellent for you, leave it all. The essential oils in the peel (yellow part) can be a little tough on your stomach (but adds great flavor), so I remove half of it.

  10. Ms. Sloan

    October 3rd, 2012 at 9:51 am

    great, thanks! I forgot I had posted here or I would have answered sooner. Actually, not dealing with pith and peel is going to make juicing even easier! Is the true for all the citrus fruits?

  11. SWilson

    September 10th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Just wondering why you juice instead of blend? I’ve heard a lot of the super-nutritious fiber and some nutrients in skins, etc. are left behind when you only extract the juice.

  12. Laura Shallue

    September 13th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I have been trialling this recipe the past week, adding spinach, carrot to the recipe & substituting the lemon for orange. My question is, cucumber is classified as a fruit, this makes the recipe equal parts fruit to vegetable, does this sugar decrease the effectiveness?
    Thank-you

  13. Mariam Turay

    September 25th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Nice. My morning green juice today was kale, watercress, cucumber, celery and apples.

  14. Elizabeth Rider

    October 16th, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Yum!

  15. Nicole Shea

    November 8th, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Can I use a blender to make this or does it have to be a juicer? Thanks!

  16. Elizabeth Rider

    November 13th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Hi there! A juicer works best for juice, but you can put it all into a blender and make a smoothie if you only have a blender, that’s great too! 🙂

  17. Lauren LaPointe

    November 14th, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Hi Elizabeth! I’m debating between getting a Vitamix or a juicer. Can you reap the same benefits of juicing from a Vitamix because it breaks everything down so much or is that not really the case since you are still retaining the fiber when you blend? Thank you!!

  18. Elizabeth Rider

    November 14th, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Great q! They are really 2 different things. The vitamix will leave all of the fiber, but you can run the blended veggies through a nutmilk bag to get the juice out. You can do way more with a vitamix than a juicer so if you get only one, I’d get the vitamix. Just my opinion 🙂

  19. Gail

    April 25th, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Hi ! Is it ok to make this recipe with a Vitamix ?? Thanks !

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