Another day I had the idea to make a green juice, but I had no clue how making it. I’ve seen lots of time people saying they love green juice and how many benefits it has. I had the concept that it was made from vegetables and other healthy/natural ingredients and depending on the ingredients you choose, it would give you different types of vitamins and minerals… also knew that there are thousand of different recipes over the internet… but I wanted to learn the real meaning and studies behind it, as I was sure it shouldn’t just guess the green vegetables according its vitamins and that it is, I wanted to learn more about this. So I did my research and I’ve found out that there is a good selection and combination of food to make a green juice. Another reason? Green juices are normally high in vitamin C and may help your body to combat the stress hormone. So how did I make my own green juice?
There are few steps to make it and the good balance combination for this! Here we go:
1. Base veggies
For my green juice I choose cucumber because in my opinion it gives a freshness taste. It is a good source of vitamin C, B1, K, biotin, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus.
Options: Cucumber, cabbage, romaine lettuce, bok choy, celery
2. Leafy greens
There are many options that you can choose and depending on this, it will give the flavour in your green juice. I’ve choose spinach as I love it! Spinach is a good option as it is inexpensive, practical (don’t need to chop) and in my opinion it gives a great taste. It has lots of protein, calcium, fibre, iron, vitamins A, B6, C, K and E, copper, potassium… and many others.
Options: Broccoli stems, collards, dandelion, kale, red chard, spinach
Here you will choose a natural sweetener for your green juice! Don’t even dare to think to put sugar or sweetener (haha) otherwise the juice is not going to be healthy as supposed to be. There are nice fruits with natural sugar (fructose) and it will be enough to give the touch in your green juice. I’ve chosen apple for my one and it wasn’t so sweet, next time I will try beetroot instead, I think maybe it can give a bit more sweetness than apple, but from my research, it says that apple and pears make the best sweeteners for green juices.
Options: Beetroot, carrots, grapefruit, green apple, green pear
Here you will choose either lime or lemon, or you can try even mix a bit of both. I used only lime and here are some benefits: improve digestion, vitamin C, good for weight loss, boost up the metabolism.
Options: Limes, lemons
Here you choose the detoxifier for your juice, choose one or two detoxifying herbs. To a better nutrient yield, just cut in very little pieces and add it in the end when your juice is ready, instead of put in the juicer. This time, I’ve chosen coriander as it is good for digestion and I wanted a good juice to cleanse. It made my juice stronger taste, but I liked it, but if you want a nice fresh taste try mint instead.
Options: Mint, coriander, parsley, basil
I’ve choose ginger and cayenne because I like the taste. I added them when my juice was ready, it is better and there is no waste. I also added a tablespoon of spirulina, which is high in protein, vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium and iron.
Options: Ginger, cayenne, apple cider vinegar, garlic, sprouts, turmeric, wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella, man, chia seeds and more.
Few benefits of Green Juice
- Good nutrients and vitamins into your body
- It makes you energised
- Removes toxins from the body (from water retention and excess weight)
- Decrease Stress