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My 4-Part Homemade Green Juice Equation

September 16th, 2015 | no comments

One of my favorite words and lifestyle motto’s is “balance.”

I would never tell you not to indulge in flavors or activities. However, our bodies aren’t always thrilled when we sway too much in the direction of those indulgences. Sugars, processed foods, refined wheat, soda, alcohol, dairy… all of these things can irritate our digestive tract causing headaches, bloating, fatigue, inflammation, constipation and more. Yuck.

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{Romaine, Carrot, Cucumber, Rainbow Chard and Pink Grapefruit}

I like to incorporate green juices into my diet to help keep my body on track and flush out those unwanted toxins from food, air and other pollutants that we come in contact with. Green juice has an alkalizing effect on our body flushing our cells with luscious oxygen to help rebuild, detox and rejuvenate our bodies. So, they are a great habit to indulge in.

I consider my time spent prepping green juice as a self-care activity. It’s something I do for me and I really breathe love into the whole experience.

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{Celery, Cucumber, Lime, Pear, Kale Stalks, Parsley and Watermelon}

 

Juicing is so much simpler than people think. I love how you can really play with the ingredients in your juices. 

Here is my SUPER SIMPLE GREEN JUICE EQUATION:

1. Start with a basic trifecta of celery, cucumber and lemon.

2. From there, add a dark leafy green such as kale, spinach, chard or romaine.

3. Next pair it with a sweet fruit like green apple, pear or pineapple to balance out the veggie flavors, if you choose(some people like to leave out the fruit but I love the flavor!).

4. Lastly, add in a knob of fresh ginger root or handful fresh herbs like mint, basil or parsley for added zing.

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{Celery, Cucumber, Green Apple, Lemon, Lime, Parsley and Rainbow Chard Stalks}

You really can’t go wrong!

That is my general recipe but I also make juices “kitchen sink” style by adding in the tops or the stems of leftover vegetables from prior recipes like carrot tops, kale stalks and broccoli stems. All full of flavors and nutrients and great for juicing.

I strive for local and organic ingredients from my farmer’s market or Whole Foods when possible but if not, just make sure to remove the skin of anything peelable(is that a word?!) like lemons, cucumbers, pears and apples since the skin is typically the most contaminated in conventional grown produce.  If you can’t get your hands on organic, no worries! Just strive to incorporate juicing into your diet and you’re doing great.

This week I was craving fresh mint, so I decided to share the recipe for a cooling and soothing green juice recipe that is absolutely delicious. This is the perfect juice to reset your digestive tract, sooth your stomach and refresh your body with gorgeous, plant-based energy. I absolutely love the cooling and soothing mint after taste too. It’s so light and refreshing and actually helps to freshen breathe, cool huh? (…see what I did there? ;) )  

Digestive Soother Juice Recipe

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{Celery, Cucumber, Green Apple, Romaine, Lemon and Fresh Mint}

   

You’ll need:

  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber (peeled if not organic)
  • 2 green apples (peeled if not organic)
  • 5 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • Handful of fresh mint (leaves and stems)
  • 1 lemon (peeled if not organic)
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{Digestive Soother Green Juice}

To make:

Wash and chop all ingredients. I like to peel the lemon and cucumber if they’re not organic. You can surely leave on the peel if you’d like or you’re using all organic juices. Juice all ingredients in your juicer and enjoy immediately maximizing nutrient availability.

Makes two servings.

Digestive Soother Juice Recipe
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Ingredients
  1. 4 celery stalks
  2. 1 cucumber (peeled if not organic)
  3. 2 green apples
  4. 5 leaves of romaine lettuce
  5. Handful of fresh mint
  6. 1 lemon, peeled
Instructions
  1. Wash and chop all ingredients.
  2. I like to peel the lemon and cucumber if they’re not organic.
  3. You can surely leave on the peel if you’d like or you’re using all organic juices.
  4. Juice all ingredients in your juicer and enjoy immediately maximizing nutrient availability.
Notes
  1. Makes two servings.
DeAnna Lynn Englezos, Certified Life Coach, Wellness Expert, Speaker http://createyourgreatlife.com/

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DeAnna Lynn Englezos is a Brooklyn-based Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach. Her core mission is to share accessible information on health and happiness that actually works and healthy recipes that taste great. DeAnna is the proud owner of an adorable rescue pup named Harlow and posts pictures of her often.
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