It's hard to believe that we are almost in our fourth week of SuperCharge January! Its been awesome and I'm so thankful we were able to do this in the colder month of January. Usually, winter time means wanting warm, hot foods and that's when I usually would steer away from my all raw foods to more cooked. But doing this cleanse has made me stick to 100% raw and I feel so amazingly wonderful! I can't even begin to tell you all the wonderful benefits I've been experiencing by choosing this simple, raw food cleanse. Its also helped me get back to juicing more often and including more salads into my diet. Sometimes even eating all raw, you can get away from these simple foods that are so cleansing and healing.
I'm a big believer in juicing and we often get questions about it; what kind of juicer is best, blending or juicing or what about the fiber? The first appliance I bought after being diagnosed with breast cancer was an Omega Juicer and I've never doubted the benefits of what juicing has done for me. Adding fresh vegetable juices to your diet will flood your body with enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. When you drink juice, your body is able to carry oxygen and nutrients straight to your cells and tissues, allowing the nutrients of the foods to be quickly absorbed. Adding green leafy vegetables will have an inflammatory effect, helping to reduce pain and inflammation. Greens are packed full of oxygen, which helps oxygenate the blood. I try to add some greens to most of my juices.
If you are eating a clean, whole foods, plant based diet, you should not have to worry about fiber. I average about 45-65 grams of fiber a day. Green smoothies are great too, but I still like the immediate nutritional benefits that I get from juicing. I've come to love certain vegetables that I would never have thought of eating before, such as beets. There were just too many nutritional benefits I was missing by not eating them, so I became determined to like them one way or another.. I started adding them to my juices and now I couldn't imagine not using them! If you don't like a food right away, keep trying and see if your taste buds don't change. It's amazing what will happen if you just give foods a chance to grow on you.
This month I have been making this green juice quite often and its become one of my favorite juices. The key to green juices is not making them so bitter that you won't drink them again. I have done that, and lost the desire for juicing. Also, adding variety to your juices is important so you're not drinking the same juice every day. Your body needs a variety of nutrients, so changing it up each day is a good thing. Here are some basic tips to making your green juice a great experience:
- For more water content, you can add vegetables like cucumbers and lettuce.
- Adding green leafy vegetables (kale, swiss chard, dandelion greens, beet greens, collard greens, etc.) will flood your body with oxygen and nutrients
- Adding ginger: Can help with inflammation
- Adding lemons or limes: The vitamin C in lemons is helpful with inflammation, boosting your immune system, helping your body with its pH.
- Adding parsley or cilantro: Two of the best detox vegetables
- Carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes are great for juicing
- Adding fruit to help sweeten (apples, pears, grapes, berries, pineapple, etc)
Here's my favorite green juice:
1 apple, cored
2 stalks of kale
1 stalk of swiss chard
handful of lettuce (I like red leaf or romaine)
handful of parsley
handful of fresh spinach leaves
Juice all ingredients. I have found that with juicing an apple and a pear, I can add quite a bit of greens without the bitter taste. I usually juice whatever greens I have on hand and in the summer, I'll have more choices. You can easily add some lemon or ginger to this.