If you’re like us, you’re always looking for ways to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet. One easy way to pack a hefty amount of greenery into your day? Green juice!
You can make a green juice with just about any blend of cold pressed green veggies, herbs and even some fruit, making for endless tasty, nutrition packed combinations.
What does it mean to be cold pressed? There’s a big distinction between cold pressed juices and the pasteurized juices you’d find at a local supermarket. Pasteurized juices are heated at very high temperatures to shield from bacteria and prolong the shelf life; however, this process destroys live enzymes, minerals and other nutrients originally found in the juice. With cold pressing, fruits and veggies are crushed and pressed without using heat. This technique yields a maximum amount of juice, and the resulting drink is thicker and retains its nutrients. And, it’s made to be enjoyed fresh!
Additionally, because green juice contains solely fruits and veggies, they provide an easy way of fitting the recommended five to nine daily servings of produce into your diet. The balance of fruits and vegetables keeps sugar content at bay, all while packing a major punch of vitamins and antioxidants. Thanks to these nutrients, a green juice a day will give your system a boost and keep your hair shiny and skin glowing during the cold weather months!
While making your own green juice lets you personalize which fruits and veggies you add in, you need to invest in the appropriate fruit and vegetable juicers. Making homemade green juice would be a great project for in the spring, when you can plant your own organic garden and use your own produce. Some great potential ingredients include:
- Leafy Greens (Kale, Chard, Spinach, etc.). Experiment with different greens, or try them together. They’re full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and disease-fighting phytochemicals!
- Parsley. While it may not seem an obvious choice, this powerful herb is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins A, B, C and K – all great for blood health!
- Ginger. Not only is it great for settling stomachs, ginger has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting, antioxidant properties.
- Celery. This vegetable’s water content will help your green juice keep you hydrated with its high levels of electrolytes. And, it too has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties!
- Lemon. Sour lemon does more than add a tang to your green juice’s flavor—it also serves as a blood purifier, cleansing agent, digestive aid and punchy source of vitamin C and potassium. Pucker up!
- Apple. You know what they say about eating an apple a day. Looking to sweeten up your green juice? Skip tart green apples and go for red varieties.
In the meantime, those living in New York can stop by select local LPQs* for cold pressed, 1-a-Day Organic Green Juice with green apple, swiss chard, orange, celery, kale and ginger.
What fruits and veggies do you like in your green juice? Comment your suggestions below!
* Available at the following LPQs: Flatiron, 97th & Madison, 44th Street, Carnegie, Rock Center, Madison, 53rd, Bleecker, Meatpacking, Tribeca, Hudson, Bryant Park, Union Square
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