I’m a huge advocate for green juicing. I first learned to juice from my health coach, Andrea, shortly after I was diagnosed with celiac disease. She taught me how to drink my nutrients, boost my immune system, and heal my leaky gut through the benefits of green juicing.
While green juice gets better with time (meaning it tastes better and you crave it more over time), if you’re looking to make one dietary change in your life, I would say drink your greens! When you add more greens to your diet you’ll feel more vibrant, your skin will glow, and you’ll crowd out cravings for sugar, refined grains, and processed foods.
Some people nay-say about green juicing, saying that you’re taking all the fiber out of the vegetable and having too much sugar. I personally think it’s important to a) consider your source (you know the food and pharmaceutical industries don’t want you well?), and b) really consider what they’re saying – are they telling you not to juice?
Sure, you could eat more veggies and get more fiber, but who can really eat so much kale, swiss chard and celery? The chewing alone sounds like a lot of work, not to mention how hard your digestion system would have to work. In fact, your digestion system can only process about 40% of the vegetables you eat – the rest is wasted. That’s a lot of chewing and digesting only to get 40% of the benefit.
Green juicing has so many amazing benefits.
When you juice, something amazing happens! 99% of the nutrients are absorbed by your body within 20 minutes! That’s right, the juice goes right into your bloodstream giving you an instant immunity boost. There’s no chewing and above all else, you’re allowing your gut to rest and heal.
When juicing, consider using it as an opportunity to crowd out a snack or meal. If you have an afternoon granola bar, instead have a green juice. Skip breakfast or lunch and replace it with a green juice. I don’t recommend a green juice alongside a hearty meal – then you might start gaining weight – but use it to replace all or part of your meal.
To ease into juicing, I recommend purchasing a cold pressed green juice at a grocery or natural grocery store. While nothing beats making your own, it’s a quick and easy way to test how you feel drinking your greens. Once you’re ready, buy a juicer, this way you have more control over the vegetables and fruits you put into your green juice and you won’t be ingesting any plastic bottle bits or creating landfill waste. Of course, I would rather you get your greens than not get them, so experimenting with store-bought juices is a gateway to juicing on your own.
If you want to buy a juicer, start with a reasonably priced one that you can use at home. If you enjoy it and become a master juicer, you can always move into higher brands. You can buy a juicer at most places where kitchen appliances are sold. I specifically use and recommend (affiliate links) the Jack Lalanne Juicer, which you can find on Amazon and have shipped directly to your doorstep! Many people also like Breville juicers and I encourage you to check them out too.
Today I want to share my green juice recipe – which I call Jenny’s Green Juice Recipe – with you. This is my favorite green juice recipe. Of course, I vary things up on occasion by adding carrots, beets, swiss chard, spinach, oranges and apples, but this is the one I crave the most. I hope you enjoy it too!
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