As I’m typing this all I’m thinking is, oh no! Not another green juice post. Yes, they are everywhere. And yes they mostly all say the same thing.
Drink your greens kids!
But even if you’ve already read several-hundred posts on the topic, you should still read this one too (as you never know what you might learn!).
Yes dear readers, I’m encouraging you to join me on the green team 😉
When I first started my health kick just under a year ago, I swore that I wasn’t going to buy into the green fad and start drinking my salads. In fact, when I first moved in with my flatmate she made me one as a welcome drink. I took one sip, put it down and said thanks but no thanks it’s not for me (how rude!).
But like all those before me, once I let my guard down my mind (slowly) changed.
I finally understood the green craze when I stumbled across a movie called Hungry for Change by the awesome people at Food Matters (if you’re not already drinking their cool-aid, I suggest you get click this link).
What did I learn?
It’s really simple: green = good. And the darker the veggies, the better.
No matter what the current diet of the day is there is one message that continues to rule all ‘eat your greens’. And eat lots of them. Every nutritionist, holistic health coach, doctor and health professional swears by it.
Hungry for Change encouraged me to consider how many nutrient-packed veggies I was really eating everyday. While I was making an effort to consume green, I realised that even if I was chowing down on the good stuff all day long, it would be hard to hit the magic number without feeling like an over-fed rabbit.
How do you succeed?
Juicing makes it easier to consumer veggies more regularly. And, because they’re already chewed-up (so to say), your body can preserve your precious digestive fiber and focus its energy on other worthy tasks like cellular repair, detoxification and the metabolism of other foods*.
When juicing, we need to keep the alkalizing greens dominant as these are the ones full of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins including calcium, magnesium and Vitamin C. They also help with anti-aging and maintaining a stable blood sugar. Many also contain carotenoids that can help protect against macular degeneration, heart disease and cancer.
- Carotenoids are group of A vitamins that includes beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, and are the leading forces in the fight against free-radical damage. Carotenoids also promote healthy skin, bones and immune function.
You can’t just load your blitzer with apples. The healthy stuff needs to be there, in abundance, to make juicing really worth it. Otherwise you might as well drink a bright pink slurpie from your local 7-11.
What should you be looking to include?
- Organic Kale – high in fiber, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium + anti-inflammatory
- Organic Celery – high in vitamin C and dietary fiber, beneficial for the digestive tract, anti-inflammatory
- Fennel – strong antioxidant, high in fiber, folate and potassium
- Organic cucumber – high in magnesium, potassium, silicon, B vitamins, vitamin C
- Organic baby spinach – high in protein, iron, vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium and folate
- Spirulina – high in vitamin B 12, contains iron, potassium, magnesium sodium, phosphorus and calcium
- Lemon – alkalizing, rich in vitamin C, enhances the body’s ability to absorb iron, cleanses the bowel, repairs skin, relieves symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating, calms inflammation
What can you add to make it taste delish?
The above list sounds very healthy and to any sweet tooth, very boring. You can find a good juice balance by adding some avo, kiwi fruit (which is very low in fructose), organic mint, organic berries, organic apple, chia seeds, coconut, nuts, seeds, maca and flax seeds.
With a couple of these in the mix you’ll barely notice the leafy taste and in fact, even perhaps learn to love the injection of green goodness coming your way.
That said, I’m not going to pretend that I have one of these everyday because that would simply be a lie. But… I do try to have them as often as I can, especially when I’m feeling like I need to recover after a big food weekend.
Where to get them?
You can either experiment make your own, or if you’re in a rush, here are my favourite spots to pick one up:
- Heart and Soul Café, Cronulla
- Albert and Moore, Freshwater
- About Life, Cammeray & Double Bay
- Botanica Cold Pressed Juices, Harris Farm & Thomas Dux
- Pressed Juices, Mosman
- Oh and of course, Crown Rd, Queenscliff. I now think my flatmate makes an awesome green smoothie and if you’re nice to her, she might just make you one too. 😉
I’d love to hear your favourite recipes or spot to buy green?
Side note – If you have a spare 90 minutes, I highly recommend you watch Hungry for Change. Six months on and I’m still revealing in the joy and knowledge this movie imparted on me.