Drink Your Greens

I love spring for the newness of life it brings. Green is traditionally associated with spring, a time of renewal, refreshment and vital energy. For me, it’s also an ideal time to engage in some sort of detox or cleanse, but finding time to focus on a cleanse with my busy schedule is sometimes a challenge. As a result, I’m always looking for quick, easy ways to incorporate more greens into my diet. Learning to incorporate dark, leafy greens into your diet is essential to establishing a healthy body and immune system. Drinking your greens is one way to do this.

Leafy green vegetables are high-alkaline foods. The alkaline minerals in our bodies are used to neutralize acidic conditions caused by the environment. Green vegetables help to replenish our alkaline mineral stores and continue to filter out pollutants.

Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and anti-oxidant Vitamins A, C, E and K. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eating a diet rich in antioxidants, particularly vitamin K, can reduce your overall risk of developing cancer. Vitamin K is abundant in kale but is also found in parsley and spinach, all of which you'll find in this recipe. Greens are also loaded with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals.

When it comes to detoxing and cleansing, dandelion greens are #1 on my list. They are particularly effective at cleansing the liver, have anti-inflammatory properties, are high in protein, and are chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients including those listed above.

I chose to use Granny Smith apples instead of my normal Fuji apples in this recipe because they are low in sugar and help to stabilize blood sugar levels. This is particularly important if you have diabetes or are at risk of developing diabetes. Lemons are known for their antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, they aid in digestion, and are rich in Vitamin C.

Try this deliciously refreshing, supercharged green juice, perfect for spring or summer days when you’re on the go!

RECIPE

  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 cup dandelion greens
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup spinach 
  • handful of parsley
  • 1 lemon

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Posted on May 1, 2013 and filed under Wellness, Recipes.