This healthy green juice recipe is made with kale, romaine, lemon, apple, and ginger and makes for the most delicious detoxifying and nutrition drink!
I'm just coming off a pretty nasty cold and wanted to pop in and share this super healthy green juice recipe that helped nurse me back to health.
It's never fun catching a cold, and it's oftentimes unavoidable, but there are some things we can do to support our immune system and help our body fight back. One thing I personally swear by is lots and LOTS of greens.
Whenever I'm sick, I try to drink as much green juice and green smoothies as possible. I tend to lean more towards the smoothie side of things, but drinking the same green smoothie for multiple meals a day does get a teeny bit boring. That's where this delicious green juice recipe comes into play!
I've talked a little bit about juicing before (remember when I did that 3-day Juice Cleanse?), but I think it's important to note that juicing and blending (i.e. making smoothies), is very different. That's not to say that one is better than the other, they're just…different.
Unlike smoothies, juicing removes all the fiber from your fruits and veggies, leaving you with a delicious liquid that is packed with nutrients. Unlike smoothies that take longer to digest because of the fiber, the juice is easily absorbed and gives you the jolt of nutrients that each ingredient has. That's why it's also a great tool to add to your cold-fighting arsenal. That instant rush of nutrients helps give your immune system a nice little boost.
The perfect green juice blend
Building a green juice is super simple, but personally, I like to make sure that I have a good blend of greens, veggies, fruit, and boosters. I also like to go with watery vegetables so that I can maximize the volume of juice that I'm getting.
Here are some ideas for each of those. Really you can't go wrong, and which way you combine these ingredients, you'll have a tasty, healthy juice that will fill your body with nutrients and boost your energy throughout the day.
- Greens: kale, romaine, collards, swiss chard
- Watery veggies: celery, cucumber, zucchini/summer squash, fennel, broccoli stems
- Root veggies: carrots, beets (I like to use yellow)
- Fruit: apples, pears, grapefruit
- Boosters (for flavor!): lemon, lime, ginger root, turmeric root, fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro & basil are my faves), jalapeno
Use a combination of greens, roots, and fruits and I promise you'll have a delicious juice on your hands. It's important to balance your sugars, so try to incorporate one of the greens into each of your juices.
More Juice Recipe to Try:
Healthy Green Juice with Lemon
- 4 - 6 leaves of kale
- 1 head romaine lettuce
- 1 medium carrot optional
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 medium cucumber
- 1 green apple
- 1 lemon
- 1 " piece of fresh ginger
- Wash all your ingredients.
- Juice ingredients according to your juicer's instruction manual. If you don't have a juicer, you can use this method.
- Sip slowly and enjoy!
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