Do you want radiant skin? Healthy hair? Glowing eyes? Do you want to cleanse your body, get rid of that pesky bloated stomach, and feel full of energy? Turns out you don't have to run to the store and spend your hard-earned money on products (full of chemicals) that might work. If you really want to get that sparkle, you have to get down with a little liquid love.
Let's get realistic here... the idea of drinking this nearly neon green drink may seem totally unappealing to you. (And some of you might already love it! High-five!) Trust me when I say, I've been there. I've sat there, sitting infront of my green juice, stomach turning, preparing for the worst. I've plugged my nose as I attempted to get the drink down as fast as humanly possible.
But you know what? It's not going to kill you. Stop the drama and give it a go! Downing a glass of green juice will have your body craving it in no time. Juicing actually gives your body a blast of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein, and oxygen. Within minutes(!) your body is loaded with all the goodness to nourish your cells and help restore your immune system. And you know, it helps that it's one of the best beauty secrets around.
For the past three weeks (after anxiously waiting for my juicer to arrive!), I've been waking up just a little bit earlier and whipping up a delicious glass of green juice. I won't lie, the first day wasn't all that great. It didn't taste good to me at all and I suddenly had flashbacks to day one of my juice cleanse. (Bleh!)
Did you know that our bodies are crazy adaptable? By day three(!), I was really enjoying it! My taste buds were revived! They came back to life! And now, three weeks in, my body is seriously thanking me for filling it up with the nourishment it so badly needs. I wake up feeling refreshed (not sluggish), my energy levels are soaring, my mind has clarity, and even my digestive system is in prime condition. It's pretty safe to say this is one powerful healing remedy!
So today I thought I'd share the three recipes I've been digging to get you started!
MAKE JUICE, NOT WAR
by Kris Carr
2 Large Cucucmbers (Peeled if not organic)
4-5 Stalks of Kale
4-5 Romaine Leaves
4 Stalks Celery
1-2 Big Broccoli Stems
1-2 Pears (Or Green Apples)
1" Piece of Gingerroot
Makes roughly 32oz.
DR. OZ GREEN DRINK
from Dr. Oz
2 Cups Spinach1/2 Cucumber
4-5 Stalks Celery
1/2 Bunch Parsley
1 Bunch Mint
2 Green Apples
Makes roughly 30 oz. The fruits add a lot of sweetness to this juice and it's definitely one of the more filling juices.
THE MOST REFRESHING GREEN JUICE EVER
by Choosing Raw
1/4 Lemon, Skin Cut Off
1 Handful Fresh Mint
1 Heaping Cup Spinach
Makes roughly 16 oz. Since I'm making juice for two people in the mornings, I double this amount and it's perfect. It's so refreshing and really tasty too! It's got the official stamp of approval as the favourite in our house, and is the juice pictured here.
Here's to thinking about what we put into our bodies. Will it fuel your brain, make your heart beat, ease your mind, make your lungs work, support your immune system, repair and build your muscles...? It's all about making small steps that produce some serious results!
Are you a fan of green juicing? Do you have any favourite recipes? I would love it if you shared in the comments!