The team here at PhysioElements has no doubts about how good we feel after juicing. Whether doing a week long cleanse or simply having a green juice in the morning, the feel good detoxing power does wonders for our bodies and our spirits. We'll be sharing our favorite recipes that we've found once a month right here.
One of the main things to love about green juices is that each ingredient serves a specific nutritional purpose. Mindfully putting green goodness into our bodies is a delicious way to take control of nutrition in a natural way. And in addition to their nutritional cleansing benefits, green juices are an occasional way to cut calories and give your body a break from processed foods and (possibly unintentional) sugar overload. Your liver and kidneys already do an amazing job of ridding your body from toxins, but green juices help make their jobs a little bit easier.
Lately we have been loving this healthy green juice recipe from Eating Well. With ingredients like lemon, parsley, spinach, pears, and celery this juice is full of Vitamin K: a bone-supporting vitamin that also strengthens blood vessels (helping to reduce dark circles).
The Health Benefits of Each Ingredient
Parsley: Parsley usually doesn’t get enough love and is oftentimes a garnish or thoughtless addition to a dish. Great for your blood, the ½ cup fresh parsley that this recipe calls for is an amazing way to increase your iron intake.
Spinach: Many people know there are plenty of benefits to eating Spinach, but let’s break those down for you. Spinach has an impressive amount of Vitamin A (helps your skin-cell turnover), Vitamin K (strengthens your bones), iron, manganese (keeps your bones strong and healthy, helps your blood sugar levels and thyroid function), magnesium, and glutathione.
Lemon: If you’ve had any interest in detoxing your body, you definitely know how beneficial lemons can be. They’re full of Vitamin C, which helps build collagen, and Bioflavonoids, which strengthen blood vessels. And of course, lemons are great for helping maintain a flat belly since they have diuretic and laxative effects.
Pears: Pears are high in fiber as well as Vitamins C, K, B2, B3, and B6. They are great for getting your antioxidants, plus the dietary fiber in pears does wonders for your heart.
Celery: If you’re looking for something that benefits your cardiovascular system and digestive tract while also hydrating your skin, celery is for you. Not only does celery help to lower blood pressure, but it can also lower inflammation as well.
Green Juice Recipe, by EatingWell.com
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- 3 cups spinach
- ½ lemon, peeled
- 2 medium pears, cut into eighths
- 6 large stalks celery, trimmed
- Ice cubes (optional)
Working in this order, process parsley, spinach, lemon, pears and celery through a juicer according to the manufacturer's directions.
Fill 2 glasses with ice, if desired, and pour the juice into the glasses. Serve immediately.
- http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Health-Benefits-Pears-5144004 http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Food-Sources-Manganese-3365832