I know, I know Green Juice is all the rave. To be honest I prefer drinking Green Smoothies over juice as they contain the fiber from the vegetables too. That being said I love a cold glass of this smooth green juice. There are times where I can feel my body needs a light meal or extra burst of healthy goodness. On those occasions I gravitate towards this drink! One of my least favorite parts of your average juice drink is all the sugar from fruit makes my head spin. My recipe is low carb and skips all the sweet stuff. If you prefer a little sweetness to your juice add 1/2 of your favorite apple to the mix.
3-5 handfuls baby spinach
3-5 sprigs fresh parsley, ends trimmed and coarsely chopped
1 medium cucumber, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
2 stalks celery, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
1 green bell pepper, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
Optional add in's: cayenne pepper, turmeric, lemon, ginger or a dash of sea salt
1. Juice all ingredients except optional add-ins. Sprinkle add-ins on top and serve immediately or refrigerate in an air-tight container no more than 24 hours before consuming.
I've tried saving the juice pulp and mixing it into a cracker recipe or guacamole. To be honest they were both gag-worthy. If you find a good way of using the healthy pulp leftover from this juice please comment below.
Keri Marino is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. She owns and operates Yoga Unique offering Yoga Therapy, Classes, Workshops and Yoga products. It is her mission to empower others to have improved quality of life through the practice of Yoga!
Love green smoothies as a way to inundate the body with water rich vegetables and fruits while loading up on healthy dietary fiber. This is a delicious combination - feel free to mix it up! I usually enjoy with a few soaked almonds for some healthy brain-boosting fat. :-)
Candida Diet, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Soy-Free
1-2 handful baby spinach
1/2 large cucumber, coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 palm full of parsley
1/3 bulb fennel, coarsely chopped
4-5 frozen pineapple chunks
4-5 frozen peach chunks
1/4 large green apple, coarsely chopped
6 oz. filtered water
1 heaping tablespoon pro-biotic powder (I use American Biologics Bio-Bifidus complex)
Toss all ingredients into a Vitamix or high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.
*Recipe and photos by Keri Marino.
Keri Marino is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Propmaker, and Yoga Therapist. She owns and operates Yoga Unique LLC offering Yoga Therapy, Classes, Workshops and Yoga products.
Infused Waters are a great way to mix your beverage up without drinking something loaded with sugar. As little as 2-3 teaspoons of sugar impacts the blood sugar level and elevates triglycerides. There are 4 grams = 1 teaspoon. Most teas and even all natural sodas have 22-44 grams of sugar per serving. That's the equivalent of 5.5-11 teaspoons of sugar per serving. Diets excessive in sugar and carbohydrate can affect the biochemistry of the brain. They impact the hormone levels and are linked with weight gain, depression and increased fatigue. There are healthier options out there like creating an infused water, teas, flavored soda waters (fizzy!), vegetable and fruit smoothies/juices.
Add a little bit of sea salt if you are overly hydrated and need electrolytes. If you're feeling saucy you can add a dash of cayenne for extra nutritional benefits. The fruits used in this infusion are sources of Vitamin C which can help ward off colds and sickness. Aloe juice is good for the digestive system and anti-inflammatory. I use George's brand aloe vera juice as part of a candida elimination diet - it has no preservatives and tastes like water. Some brands of aloe juice are not filtered or juiced properly and can be harsh on the body and bitter.
1/4 of a medium cucumber, very thinly sliced
1/4 of a small granny smith apple, quartered and thinly sliced
1/3 of a small lemon, very thinly sliced into rounds
1 tbl. George's Aloe Vera Juice
1 quart filtered water
*Add even more of these delicious plant foods to amp up the flavor.
Optional: Dash Pink Himalayan Sea Salt or Cayenne Pepper
1. Add all ingredients to a one-quart mason jar. Sit out or place in the fridge until you would like to drink. Refrigerate or drink within 2 hour of making to preserve fruit.
Keri Marino is an internationally Registered Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist. She's owns and operates Yoga Unique offering therapy, classes, workshops and yoga products. Keri teachers both privately and publicly around the Cary area.
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