Enjoy a Registered Dietitian’s go-to green juice made with ingredients that will leave you feeling fresh, energized and vibrant.
Juicing is a fast and efficient way to meet your micronutrient quota for the day. One juice can pack up to nine servings of your daily fruits and vegetables! If you are getting fiber from other food sources, a juice can be a great addition to anyone’s diet- especially for those less vegetable-inclined. This is a basic green juice recipe that is less sweet but offers an incredible spectrum of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Let’s break down the ingredients in this green juice:
Kale is one of the most nutrient rich vegetables available to us, offering a large amount of antioxidants that combat oxidative stress and chronic inflammation which are risk factors for chronic disease.
Darker colored greens pack more nutrition, but romaine lettuce does not fall too far behind. It is rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that supports a healthy cardiovascular system by preventing cholesterol oxidation and plaque buildup in our artery walls.
Lemons are rich in vitamin C which helps make nutrients like iron more bioavailable in the body. Vitamin C has been shown to shorten the duration of a cold as well.
Research shows that apples provide anti-cancer and anti-asthma benefits while providing an overwhelming spectrum of polyphenols (which accounts for why a brown apple oxidizes so easily when exposed to open air). Most of the polyphenols act as antioxidants which again, reduce oxidative damage and keep our cells healthy.
Ginger is a therapeutic spice provides benefit through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It has also been shown to provide gastrointestinal relief.
- 1 cup kale
- 1 cup romaine
- 1 small lemon
- 1 small apple
- 1 thumbnail of ginger
- Finally chop your ingredients and add to a juicer. Yields about 8 oz of green juice.