I could wax poetic about the nutrients of greens or tell you about the dangers of processed food, but I’m not going to. That gets boring quick doesn’t it? Want to know a secret? I drink green juice because every now and then, I think eating baked brie and an entire baguette for dinner is a good idea. I drink green juice because sometimes my co-worker brings in brownies and I find myself in the break room every half hour until all the brownies are gone. I drink green juice because occasionally, I get a little too happy at happy hour. I also drink green juice because it makes my skin glow. And I drink green juice because it gives me a ton of energy. I drink it pretty much because it’s awesome.
Green Juice is like restarting your computer, except your computer is your body. You know that restart sound? It’s the sound of sweet relief. It’s your body saying “OMG, it’s not another krispy kreme. Its nutrients! Now we are so happy we do the dance of joy!”
To juice or to blend?
The recipe below is for juice. You could easily add ½ a cup of coconut water, throw it in the blender and make it a smoothie. Pretty much the difference between juicing or blending is fiber. Juicing is great because it gives your body a break from digestion. You get all the nutrients already broken down so your body can use them quickly, but you don’t get any fiber.
With a smoothie your body does have to do some digesting, so you don’t use the nutrients right away. But it has fiber, which keeps you full longer + your body needs fiber. It helps you do things. You know what things. Don’t make me say it.
You could have a juice WITH your breakfast, while you could have a smoothie AS your breakfast. It really just depends on how you wanna roll. I mix and match, depending on my mood, the amount of time I have, and if I feel like cleaning my juicer that day. On to the recipe!
- 3 Celery ribs
- ½ a Cucumber
- 1 handful of Kale (Can also use spinach, collards, or dandelion greens)*
- 1 handful of parsley (Can also use mint or cilantro)
- 1 granny smith apple
- 1 inch of cut ginger
- ½ a lemon
- Optional -1 tablespoon of Trader Joe’s Super Green Powder (or powder green of choice)
Let’s get cracking
- Juice the Greens, herbs and ginger first**
- Then juice the celery, cucumber and apple
- Squeeze the lemon into your juice
- Add a scoop of Trader Joe’s Mean Green and stir
- Add vodka Resist the urge to add vodka
*Feel free to experiment but be careful with mustard greens. Those bad boys are spicy!
**The greens don’t yield a lot of juice, but if you juice them first, the other juices have to go through the pulp of the greens and catch more of the nutrients on the way down.
If you are blending, just throw it all in the blender. It’s that easy. Bottoms up!
So what do you think… Are you a green juice fan? Where do you stand on the smoothie vs juice debate? Do you have a to-die-for recipe? Let us know in the comments.