Five Energizing Green Juice Recipes
By Rebecca Parsons
In case you missed the memo, green juices are all the rage these days. And for good reason too--they're packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Simply throw your favorite ingredients in a juicer for a quick and nutritious energy boost. While many juices are available for purchase at supermarkets, it can often be cheaper and more fun to make them yourself. We've rounded up five of our favorites to help get your creative juices flowing.
3 cups chunked pineapple
2 large green apples
8-10 mint leaves
This tropical juice helps promote a healthy immune system, bone strength and digestion. This sweet blend is refreshing on a hot day, serving as the perfect treat to cool off with after a long paddle under the sun.
1 large cucumber
8 stalks celery
1 handful kale
1 handful spinach
1 handful parsley
1-inch piece ginger
Loaded with leafy greens, this green drink is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Cucumber, celery, and spinach are composed of over 90% water, making this the perfect smoothie for rehydration. Additionally, ginger and lemon help aid in digestion. Combine all these power ingredients and you've got the ultimate energizing beverage.
4 kale leaves
½ lime (peeled)
½ cup chilled coconut water
This refreshing blend will transport you to a tropical island, even if you're land-locked. In addition to the plethora of nutrients in kale, apples and limes, coconut water is a good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, folate, calcium, and selenium. Refreshing, tropical and nutritious all in one tasty drink.
3 small green apples
1 large beet (and its greens)
2 thumb-sized amounts of turmeric root
Beets are one of the most underrated vegetables, as far as health is concerned. Although they are high in carbs and sugar, they are also jam-packed with vitamin C, potassium, fiber and manganese. They work to fight inflammation, lower blood pressure, and increase stamina. Combine them with the hydrating properties of cucumbers, the digestive benefits of lemon and turmeric root, and top it off with some sweet green apple and you've got every athlete's dream juice.
2 handfuls of kale
1-inch piece of ginger
1 cucumber (optional)
It's well-known that carrots are good for your eyes, but they also reduce cholesterol, reduce signs of aging, detoxify the body and boost the immune system. Oranges, aside from being delicious, are also packed with vitamin C and potassium. Toss in some lemon, kale and ginger and you've got a nutritious and delicious blend.
Insider Tip: Juicers are often available at thrift stores for a fraction of the price.