10 BENEFITS OF FRESH GREEN JUICES + 10 RECIPES

10 BENEFITS OF FRESH GREEN JUICES + 10 RECIPES

10 Benefits of fresh green juices + 10 Recipes

While everyone loves a glass of freshly squeezed fruit juice, the idea of green juices, made mainly from green vegetables, doesn’t sound quite so appealing to everyone. Well, don’t knock it until you have tried it, because green juices can taste absolutely wonderful and they are just full of wonderful nutritional benefits. Whenever you cook vegetables, you take out some of the nutrients, but when you consume them raw, you get every single last drop of goodness from them. Fresh green juices can keep you more alert, help you lose weight, and they are easily digested, so they won’t ever make you feel bloated.

Before we get into the many benefits of fresh green juices, though, you might be thinking; what’s the difference between juice and a smoothie? The main difference between the two is that, when you juice, you get all the micronutrients of the fruit or vegetables in an easily digestible drink, but when you make a smoothie, you get all the pulp and the fibre as well. There is nothing at all wrong with a smoothie, but a juice will give you concentrated nutrition, without filling you up at all.

If you are new to green juicing, then we’ve compiled a list of ten of the main benefits of green juicing and ten wonderfully tasty green juice recipes. So, read on, and find out more how to make green juices and how good they are for you.

1. They are absorbed very quickly into your body

When you juice vegetables, you are left with nothing but the micronutrients and the flavour, all in a concentrated form. That means that your digestive system doesn’t have to work very hard at all to break down the food so that it can be absorbed by your body. When you drink green juices, you get an almost instant burst of energy without it filling you up and making you feel bloated.

2. It helps you lose weight

There are very few calories in green juices, but loads of goodness, so you could easily replace a meal with a healthy and nutritious green juice. You won’t feel bloated after drinking one, so you will also feel more energetic and that will help you stay more active and you will burn off even more calories.

3. You are eating your vegetables without even realising it

Most people don’t eat anywhere near enough vegetables, so green juices are a great way to increase your intake of green veg. Even if you don’t like eating things kales and spinach, try some of our green recipes below and you will be surprised at how good green vegetables can taste when they are juiced.

4. There are so many different tastes to try

You will never run out different flavours to try in your green juice recipes, because there are so many different ingredients that you can use. You have things like broccoli, kale, and spinach, but don’t forget that you also have things like mint to add more flavour, or even apples to add some sweetness.

5. You won’t OD on fibre

You’d need plenty of fibre on a healthy diet, but you can get too much of a good thing. If you already get enough fibre from your main meals, then green juices would be a better way to get extra nutrition than drinking smoothies. Too much fibre can cause digestive problems, like gas and diarrhoea, but juicing removes most of the fibre, so you can drink as much as you like and you won’t get any of those problems.

6. It will boost your energy levels

Fresh green juice is the perfect remedy for when you feel a slump in your energy levels. All the goodness of the fresh vegetables will be immediately absorbed into your body and it will perk you right up again. Green juice is so much better for you than drinking a sugar and caffeine laden energy drink would be, and it won’t give you sleepless nights either.

7. It will increase your red blood cell count

Green juices are brimming with chlorophyll, which is easily converted into haemoglobin, which will increase the quality of red blood cells in your body. That will give you more energy and help your body fight infection and heal wounds.

8. Green juices are filled with antioxidants

Green juices are a great way to get more antioxidants into your system. Antioxidants fight the cell damage that can be caused by free radicals, which can lead to cancer and is one of the biggest causes of the signs of gaining, like wrinkles and lines on the skin. Juicing vegetables is the simplest way of consuming more of these vital antioxidants.

9. Strengthens the immune system

If you seem to suffer with more than your fair share of coughs and colds, then green juice may be just what you need to boost your immune system. When you drink fresh green juice, it will provide your body with a massive dose of vitamins and minerals, which will help to strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off infection.

10. It will help detoxify your body

When you drink green juice in place of a meal, your digestive system gets a break, so it can work harder on removing the waste products from your system. Regular consumption of green juices will help your body rid itself of all the unwanted toxins from your system and that will make you feel much more energetic and alert.

Now you know about some of the wonderful benefits of green juices, why not give it a go! To help you get started, carry on reading, because here are ten really delicious green juice recipes for you to try. Remember, you can make green juices in advance and they will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

1. Kale and pineapple

The trick to making green juice taste great is to mix up the ingredients and include fruit and herbs as well.  This recipe uses apples and pineapple to add flavour and freshness. This is a good one to try if you are new to green juices.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium apple
  • 8 large leaves of kale
  • ½ a cucumber
  • Small bunch of parsley
  • A handful of chopped pineapple

2. Spinach and garlic

One of the great things about green juicing is the amazing range of flavours that you can have, both sweet and savoury. Here’s a recipe for spinach based green juice that contains ginger and garlic; it’s a little bit different, but try it and see what you think.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of spinach
  • 1/3 of a cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • Chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove

3. Apple and celery

This one is light and refreshing and it’s packed full of Vitamin C, calcium an iron. The combination of celery and apples makes a wonderful flavour and you have all the green goodness of the kale too.

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 large kale leaves
  • 1 small cucumber
  • ½ peeled lemon

4. Carrots and celery

Celery and carrots go great together and they make the perfect foundation for a green juice. In this recipe we have also used an apple for sweetness and lemon to add a bit of a zesty tang to the juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1 green apple
  • A handful of parsley
  • 6 stems of fresh mint

5. Cucumber and basil

Basil is great for the digestion and it tastes wonderful too. Whenever you are making green juices, don’t forget to experiment with herbs. You can get some amazing flavours and herbs have some potent medicinal properties too. This recipe will hydrate you and provide you with plenty of antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 peeled lime
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 medium cucumber

6. Kale, celery and ginger

The lemon and ginger in this green juice recipe will give it a bit of kick. Don’t go overboard on the ginger, though, as it can be a bit overpowering. Kale makes up the bulk of this recipe, and that’s just full of nutrients that will keep you energised for hours.

Ingredients

  • 4 celery sticks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 10 kale leaves
  • 2 green apples
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 small chunk of ginger

7. Sweet kale juice

This recipe is another good one for anyone just starting out on green juicing. The apples, pineapple and ginger give it a wonderfully sweet taste, o sot will soon change your mind if you think that all green juices taste like grass!

Ingredients

  • ¼ of a fresh pineapple
  • 2 green apples
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 1 peeled lime
  • 1 chunk of fresh ginger
  • A handful of fresh parsley

8. Refreshing cucumber and lime

This green juice recipe is perfect for rehydrating on a hot summer day and it’s really refreshing. Some people might say that this one isn’t strictly green, because we’ve included tomatoes, but the taste of tomatoes and lime together is wonderful, so why not?

Ingredients

  • 1 lime
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • A handful of parsley

9. Broccoli, but with twist

The idea of broccoli juice may not seem too appealing, but when you try it with these other ingredients; you will be amazed at the flavour. Broccoli is one of those vegetables that have loads of nutritional value, and this is a great way to get all the wonderful benefits of broccoli, without even tasting it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 cups of chopped pineapple
  • 1 lemon

10. Spinach and strawberries

Strawberries and spinach are not what you’d usually expect to see together, but trust us; this green juice recipe is absolutely delicious! This one is perfect for a lazy day relaxing in the sun.

Ingredients

  • 12 ripe strawberries
  • 8 kale leaves
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 lime
  • A handful of fresh mint
  • 2 large green apples

What are your favorite recipes of green juice?

Stay happy and healthy!

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