One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to make a few changes to my diet. I’ve decided to limit eating meat to twice weekly and seriously up my intake of veggies. Come mid year, I’m hoping I’ll have embraced a full vegetarian lifestyle, and maybe, come year-end, I’ll be Vegan.
Every morning for the past month, I’ve been enjoying a deliciously healthy green juice. I’m amazed at how much more energized I feel, and how radiant my skin looks.
Below are some benefits of drinking Green Juice
- Fights inflammation
- Supports cellular rejuvenation
- Gives the skin a real glow
- Fights free radical damage
- Improves digestive health
I grown my own herbs and veggies and currently have an abundance of spinach, mint and lemons in my garden. So, I found a recipe that incorporated these 3 ingredients. To sweeten my green juice up a little, I use apples and add a small Knob of ginger to give it a little kick.
GOOD TO KNOW
- Spinach is high in antioxidants and phytonutrients that provide anti cancer benefits.
- Lemons purify the blood, balance sugar levels, assist in detoxification and have antibacterial properties.
- Apples make a great base for any juice as they add natural sweetness. They also contain vitamins and minerals, which lower cholesterol and improve the condition of the skin. I use the Granny Smith variety, as they contain the lowest amount of natural sugar.
- Mint promotes digestion and gives the juice a really lovely aroma.
- Ginger has antibacterial & antifungal properties and acts as a natural sanitizer, protection the body from infection. It also improves circulation and digestion.
Recipe – makes one serving
- 4 – 5 large leaves of spinach (you could also use kale, but it’s quite expensive)
- 1 large apple (I recommend Granny Smith) roughly chopped
- Juice of one fresh lemon
- Sprig of fresh mint (you can also use spearmint)
- Small knob of ginger
I prefer removing the hard white stalk from the spinach (but if you’re pressed for time, you don’t really need to do this).
Push all the ingredients, except the lemon through a juicer. Then, squeeze the lemon manually and add the juice.
If you don’t have a juicer, you could use a blender. Simply throw in all ingredients and add a cup of filtered water, then strain the mixture.