Wednesday, April 15, 2015

READY TO GET YOUR JUICE ON?

Green Juice Recipe

With bikini season around the corner what better time to get that health kick underway.  Whenever I feel like I have fallen off the wagon and been eating too much junk food I love to incorporate fresh juices into my diet as a way to get back on track.  They make me feel great, are a wonderful source of nutrients, and the glow they give your skin doesn't hurt either.  A couple years back I started to follow a mostly plant based diet and became very interested in juicing and all the health benefits that come with it (increased energy levels, detoxification, and improved digestion to name a few.)  So I took the plunge, bought myself a juicer, and have been juicing ever since.  Below is my go-to green juice recipe that I always come back to.  It's simple, delicious, and has ingredients that can easily be found at any grocery store.  I hope you enjoy and give it a try!

Breville Juicer
What I use:  The Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain 700-Watt Juice Extractor, retailing for $99.95.  I love this juicer and found it to be the highest quality juicer on the market for the price point.  I've had it for about four years and it has held up great.  It's a pain in the butt to clean, but honestly any juicer is going to be so I just deal with it.
Green Juice Recipe

Brazen Brunette Green Juice Recipe:
2-3 Stalks Kale
½ Lemon
½ Cucumber
2-3 Stalks Celery
½ Granny Smith Apple (cut in half again to fit through juicer)
Fresh grated Ginger (Buy a small hunk of fresh ginger in the produce session and when you get home immediately put and keep in your freezer.  It is so much easier to grate this way.)

(Quick Tip: I buy enough produce to make four juices for the week, (one every other day.)  This works out to be about two apples, a package of celery, a bunch of Kale, 2 lemons, and 2 of the biggest cucumbers I can fine.  I then wash and cut everything up and keep in a bag in the fridge so it’s ready to go in the morning.  This seriously makes everything a million times easier that it's prepared ahead of time!)

Green Juice Recipe

Directions:  Turn on your juicer and when you hear that whirr start gently pushing your produce through the juicer.  Once all your produce is juiced.  Grab your ginger and a microplane and grate some fresh ginger into your concoction.  Mix and Serve!  

Healthy Green Juice

Now it's recommended to consume your juice immediately after it's pressed and preferably on an empty stomach in the morning.  (This is so your body can absorb the nutrients easily without having to work on digesting any other food in your system.)  As soon as your juice hits air it immediately starts losing nutritional value.  (Dramatic sounding I know, but it's the truth!)  If you don't have the time to drink your juice right then or want to make a batch for the week your best bet is to get some mason jars with screw on tops to attain an airtight seal.  From the research I've done this is the best method for preserving the nutritional value of your fresh juices.  Also, many people wonder what is the difference between fresh juices and smoothies?  Which one is better?  Well I personally prefer fresh juices, but there are pros and cons to each.  When you use a juicer you are extracting the pulp from the juice and in turn removing all of the insoluble fiber.  Some may think, hey wait we need that fiber!  But without any fiber the body is able to absorb all those nutrients in the juice immediately without fiber slowing absorption rates down.  And if your goal is weight loss fresh juices tend to have fewer calories than smoothies.  But really you can't lose either way, because both methods provide a hefty serving of fruits & vegetables into our diet which can never hurt.  If you are interested in learning more about juicing there is a great documentary on Netflix called Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead where a man loses over 100 lbs., gets off most of his medications, and nurses himself back to health all by consuming nothing but fresh pressed juices for 60 days.  It's quite a story.  Ok, so enough of my rambling on the benefits of juicing, can you tell I'm a fan?  I hope you all are having a wonderful week and if you have any other questions or other great juicing recipes you want to share please let me know in the comments below!
xoxo Nicole

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