I am frequently asked two questions: What do you use on your skin? Do you think I should juice for breakfast? At first glance they don’t seem related but the secret truth is green juice is one of the best ways to get clear healthy skin.
I’m fairly minimalist with my skin care; I have scrubs and masks for my skin but I don’t use them very often. I’m a wash & moisturize type of woman. The real reason my skin is healthy is water and vegetables.
Since most of us do not get the recommended 7-9 servings of vegetables and fruits a day juicing is an effective way to get those veggies in. I go light on fruit when juicing for two reasons: 1) I enjoy eating fruit as a snack 2) Fruit needs the fiber to slow down the hit of sugar in the blood stream and juicing removes most of the pulp and fiber.
So what are the benefits?
- A healthy variety of vitamins and anitoxidants
- An easier way to digest vegetables
- Increased variety of vegetables
- Boost immunity
- Glowing skin and shiny hair
Are you new to juicing?
Start with vegetables that you enjoy and add a carrot, beet or apple to sweeten things up and half a lemon to take away any bitterness.
Cucumber is a fairly benign base but it doesn’t have a ton of vitamins. Adding leafy greens will definitely boost the vitamin count of your juice. Leafy greens that are mild: spinach, romaine, green or red leaf lettuce and escarole.
Juice can be stored for 1 – 3 days and should be kept in a glass container filled up as close to the top as possible. If your juice does not fill the container add a little water to fill up the container.
Mild Green Juice
- 1 cup spinach
- 2 – 3 romaine leaves
- 1 small – medium cucumber
- 1 small lemon
- 1 – 2 carrots
- 1 apple
Want to start incorporating green drinks into your eating plan? I will be leading a 21 day green drink challenge beginning June 29. Once a day you either have a green juice or a green smoothie, no fasting and no other dietary changes. Just one drink a day. More details will be in next week’s newsletter.
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