If you’ve never tried a freshly squeezed green juice before, I highly recommend that this one be your first! Filled with essential nutrients, this refreshing green juice will not only nourish, but also energize your entire body. The vitamin K found in both the spinach and celery will help keep your bones and teeth strong, thanks to it’s ability to help the body absorb calcium. The B-complex vitamins in kale will increase your energy, while the vitamin A found in the cucumber will help keep your eyes and immune system functioning properly. The lemon, orange, and green pepper will give you a powerful shot of vitamin C that will help fight free radical damage in the body, which can weaken the immune system, cause inflammation, and even lead to cancer.
Amazingly, these are just some of the potential health benefits from drinking this beginner green juice. There are countless other beneficial minerals and vitamins found in all the listed ingredients. However, you don’t have to juice these ingredients to reap all the benefits, you can also eat them whole in a salad or as a snack, but I personally prefer juicing them. This process just makes it easier for me to eat a wider range of different colored produce throughout my day.
Juicing is a great addition to any healthy diet because it enables the body to absorb extra vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals from vegetables we might not otherwise eat. For example, I don’t usually eat swiss chard, beets, or dandelion greens, but by incorporating them into my daily juices I get to reap the unique health benefits that come from each of these nutrient-dense foods.
If you’re thinking there’s no way you could enjoy a juice made up of vegetables, or that it probably tastes like a cup of grass, stop right there! Our minds are so powerful and if you tell yourself that you’re not going to like something, chances are you won’t. Don’t sabotage yourself or your body! Instead, think about how nutritious and healthy this juice is for your entire body. Trust me, it’s not going to taste like it came out of a lawn mower; it’s very light and tasty! Just give it a try, what do you have to lose?
servings: about 18 oz juice/2-3 servings
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 4 kale leafs
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into quarters with seeds removed
- 1/2 lemon, skin removed
- 1 orange, skin removed
- 3 celery stalks
- 1 cucumber
- Wash spinach, kale, bell pepper, celery, and cucumber. Remove skin from lemon and orange.
- Using a juicer on low speed, juice the spinach, kale, bell pepper, lemon, and orange. Turn juicer to high speed, juice the celery and cucumber. Stir and enjoy!
- Best served immediately, but it can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. When stored in fridge, the juice will separate, with pulp gathering at the bottom and the top of the container. This doesn’t mean the juice has gone bad! All you need to do is shake or stir it before drinking.
- If using non-organic produce, also remove skin from the cucumber before juicing.
- This recipe yields about 2 to 3 glasses of juice depending on whether you’re drinking it as a snack or replacing a meal (6 oz of fresh squeezed juice is equivalent to a snack, while 12oz is equivalent to a meal).
- Don’t throw out the orange and lemon peels you cut off to make this juice! Use them to make this Citrus All Purpose Cleaner!