Happy National Green Juice Day! Today gives us another excuse to sip on and celebrate our favorite, not-so-secret health hack: green juice.
At this point, most everyone has heard of green juice. Whether it’s regarded as an essential part of a daily wellness routine by health foodies or an odd-colored hippie beverage by skeptics, those in the know can’t deny the nutritional benefits of drinking green juice regularly!
What is green juice?
Green juice is any combination of green vegetables that has been blended down and removed of its pulp. This is a convenient way of supplementing your daily dose of fruits and vegetables as you can juice down large amounts of produce into one glass of juice.
At Project Juice, our juices contain up to 5 pounds of fresh, local produce. By removing the pulp, you remove the fiber and are therefore left with easy to digest vitamins and minerals. Think of green juice as your all-natural multi-vitamins!
What makes up green juice?
Depending on your dietary and taste preferences, green juices can contain a variety of different vegetables and fruits. Most of our green juices at Project Juice have a majority base of leafy greens like kale, romaine, spinach, and swiss chard. Other non-starchy vegetables can be added like cucumber, celery, and beets.
These combinations will create a more intense, highly nutritional, and low sugar juice that can be supplemented and flavored with herbs like cilantro and mint, citrus like lemon and lime juice, and perhaps a hit of spice and digestive support with ginger or turmeric. Fruit can also be added to green juices to balance the flavors and add an extra boost of vitamins. Some favorites are green apple, pear, orange, and pineapple.
Why I should care about drinking a green juice?
Green juices are akin to a highly functional and bioavailable multi-vitamin. Green juice without fiber allows for increased and speedy nutrient absorption of important vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Since vegetables are alkaline foods, they help to balance out acidity in the stomach, allowing beneficial, gut-friendly flora to thrive. This leads to improved digestion and lowers your risk for disease.
Green juice is also loaded with chlorophyll, a phytonutrient found in green vegetables, that helps remove heavy metals from the body and increase blood oxygenation, meaning they’re extremely detoxifying. Drinking green juice can also boost energy levels as it’s already broken down and frees up the energy used in digestion. And, of course, drinking green juice will help to keep you hydrated leading to healthy cells and, in turn, healthy, glowing skin and possible weight loss!
What are some ways to use a green juice?
The beauty of green juices is that they’re very flexible and easy to incorporate into your daily diet.
- Drink a juice on it’s own to kick start an alkaline morning or as an afternoon energy-boost substitute for coffee.
- Use green juice as a base for your smoothies and add fruit, ice, and superfoods of your choice for increased nutrition.
- Make a smoothie bowl with a green juice and frozen bananas, topped with healthy fats like coconut flakes, hemp seeds, or almonds.
- Outsmart sugary, artificial mixers and add green juice with a bit of fruit to your favorite clear alcohol with a squeeze of lemon and a dab of sweetener for a healthier cocktail.
- Go the extra mile with an all-greens juice cleanse for optimal nutrition and a chance to reset and detoxify the body!
If you haven’t jumped on the green juice train yet, today is the day! Drink your way to boosted energy, improved digestion, increased immune function, clearer skin, and so much more! How do you incorporate green juice into your life?
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