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Green Juice Recipe & The Benefits of Juicing

2011 June 29
by Jess

It’s true, I’ve jumped on the juicing bandwagon. Somehow I made it through the last year and a half without getting sick, not even a cold.  I’ve managed to catch a nasty cold this week and my juicing craze couldn’t have come sooner. I’ve been drinking this concoction every day and I feel so much better right after I drink it.

Today, I’ve asked Marissa Vicario, Health and Nutrition Counselor to give us the skinny on juicing.

For most of us, sometime after the age of five, juice begins to lose its appeal. But some twenty years later, I’ve come full circle and picked it up again. This time it’s not the red, fruity kind that has my attention but rather the green, veggie variety. How and why, you ask, could I ever suck green liquid through a straw like my life depends on it? Quite, frankly, because it does!

Daily juicing is one of the healthiest habits I’ve ever acquired and the benefits, I believe, far outweigh my other healthy choices like working out consistently. One raw juice has millions more nutrients than any amount of fruit or vegetables you could ever possibly eat in one sitting and because the fiber is removed, all of those nutrients are absorbed straight into your bloodstream requiring no digestion.

Coffee fiend? A green juice will serve up a jolt of energy like you’ve never experienced without the crazy side effects of caffeine. Uncontrollable sugar cravings? Green juice can banish those too. How about an urge to snack between meals? Sipping green juice has a way of carrying you to that next meal snack-free.

Other benefits of juicing include:

  • Liver detoxification
  • Alkalizing the body
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Healthy, glowing and strong skin, hair and nails
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased energy by day, more restful sleep by night
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Weight loss

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If you’re convinced and ready to try it yourself, follow these tips:

  • If juicing at home, buy the best juicer you can afford. If you’re a beginner, don’t break the bank on it, you can always upgrade later. Leave the juicer on your kitchen counter so it is readily available.
  • If purchasing your juice, look for organic juice bars and if juicing at home, use organic vegetables. This is very important since the entire vegetable – skin and all – is juiced.
  • Consume juice as fresh as possible but if you’re traveling or don’t have time to juice, don’t let that stop you! Freeze your juice the day before then take it on the go or pack it securely in your checked baggage (try a mini cooler bag with ice packs). Refrigerate the thawed juice as soon as you get to your destination and enjoy it as soon as possible.
  • Juice first thing in the morning or on an empty stomach to allow full absorption of all the nutrients
  • Juice as often as possible and bask in your new, healthy glow!

My favorite morning juice recipe right now is this Green Lemonade:

  • 4-5 stalks celery
  • 5 kale leaves
  • ½ cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 ginger (optional)

· For more information on Marissa’s health and wellness programs, visit www.mwahonline.com

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8 Responses leave one →
  1. June 29, 2011

    YES! Agree with everything Marissa says. Juicing is the greatest. So many people complain about the lack of fiber but that is exactly what makes this so great — your body can use its energy on absorbing the nutrients, not on digestion. Everyone should be drinking juice.

    One note about the organic issue at juice bars — many claim to use organic vegetables, but in many cases it is just not the case for a number of reasons, including price, availability, etc. Still good to be drinking juice, but just something to be aware of.

  2. June 29, 2011

    That’s a great point, Dori! Organic is extra-important when juicing.

  3. Debbie permalink
    June 30, 2011

    ok, I’m going to be a dissenting voice, no juicing for me! gross! I’ve never been able to stomach the idea of drinking something that I can’t see through.

  4. June 30, 2011

    You just gave me a great idea for what to do with my cucumber in the fridge!! I think I’ll have to do some juicing :)

    I hope your feel better!

  5. June 30, 2011

    I have never got in to the juicing but I did see this one concoction on The Today Show & even Kathie Lee & Hoda liked it – that is saying something! ;-)

  6. June 30, 2011

    Juices can be very healthy, but it is the fiber that helps keep you feeling fuller for longer! I tell my weight loss clients I would rather eat my calories than drink them :)

  7. June 30, 2011

    The last 2 ingredients in the Green Lemonade were cut off. They are 1 green apple and 1 lemon – that’s what gives the juice its tangy taste

    @Brooke – absolutely eating green veggies is important and juicing shouldn’t take the place of doing so but rather supplement that healthy habit. When vegetables are cooked, they tend to lose some of their nutrients and the fiber in raw veggies can actually interfere with the absorption of nutrients through the digestion process. Juicing allows ALL of the nutrients to get into the bloodstream quickly and completely. Any calories in a glass of green juice won’t lead to weight gain but will provide unmatched energy. It’s an amazing feeling!

    • Jess permalink*
      June 30, 2011

      Oh no! I wish I had caught that earlier. I’ll update it tonight. Sorry!

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