Well here we are, January 3.
In the theme of mind/body/spirit wellness from the inside-out, I thought I’d share my secret weapon. A special drink that I enjoy with my breakfast just about everyday that packs a punch in the nutrition department.
Now, this is a delicate post, because truthfully, in eating disorder recovery, healthy eating can be taken to a debilitating and dangerous extreme, in what’s called orthorexia.
And after Monday’s post, I just wanted to clarify something: Before I start, I am in no way encouraging a “juice fast.” I have never and will never partake in one. Everything in moderation. Including moderation itself. I like to think of juicing as a great supplement to a healthy diet — it’s like drinking a delicious vitamin!
And given how much it helped strengthen my mom’s brain function during her stroke recovery, I had to share, IMHO, the nectar of the gods!
All that being said, drinking a green juice with breakfast or as a snack can be a great kickstart to getting your body back on track and into health mode if, say, you’ve spent the last two weeks drinking egg nog like water, and eating your weight in Christmas cookies.
That’s right! Kinda a “no brainer,” but green juice is suuuuper healthy. Drinking fresh pressed juice provides your body with a highly concentrated dose of vitamins and minerals. Plus, when you drink it within 20 minutes of pressing, the live enzymes from the juice actively repair the cells of your body! Juicing also strengthens your immune system, builds strong bones, helps with weight maintenance, and gives you an energy boost too 🙂 Plus it’s delicious. What’s not to love?
During my mom’s stroke recovery, I made her one of these every afternoon. The active enzymes helped to rebuild her brain cells and provide specific healing minerals for memory and brain function.
Juice can also be great for an afternoon pick me up! When the 3 o’clock slump hits, who needs Starbucks when you can enjoy a green juice?!
Now, you may be thinking … “enjoy” and “green juice” in the same sentence? This girl has lost her marbles. Well, not quite.
You see, there’s system to making green juice taste great, while still packing in the dark leafy greens.
Enter: the “trinity” of all your juicing needs: GINGER, LEMON, & GREEN APPLE!
Yep! Just make sure to include half a lemon, an apple, and 1 inch nub of ginger in your juice and you’ll be all set!
Additionally, I like to stick to a 70/30 (or a 60/40 if you’re new to juicing) ratio of vegetables to fruit. 70% of what you add should be veggies, and 30% should be fruit for the most delicious and nutritious bevvy.
So here’s my go-to juice recipe that I will often have with breakfast:
Caralyn’s Standard Green Juice (Serves One)
What you Need:
4 stalks of celery
5 stalks of kale
1 green apple
1/2 lemon (peeled)
1 inch nub of peeled, fresh ginger
This is my favorite juice. It’s sweet and tangy with a “zing” from the ginger. I’m not kidding guys: you can’t taste the kale.
You could even get the kids excited about drinking this “Shrek Juice!”
- Put a plastic bag in the “garbage” part of your juicer — where the pulp is discarded. That way, you won’t have to clean the basket, because it’s all in the bag! (Because, let’s be honest: cleaning the juicer can be a pain.)
- If you’re pinched for time, make a double or triple batch ahead of time. Three juices – One cleaning of the machine. Just be sure to store them in a sealed glass container in the fridge. They keep for up to 2 days. Just be sure to shake before drinking!
- You can peel ginger with a SPOON! Yep! So much easier, and less dangerous too!
- Be sure to peel the skin off of the lemon. The skin gives the juice a bitter taste.
- Even with the “holy trinity,” if you still think it needs to be sweeter, you can add a few drops of honey or pure liquid stevia. (Just be sure to use alcohol free.)
- Finally, drink your juice out of a wine or martini glass! It make you feel special and that you’re treating yourself — because you are!! 😀
Alright, guys, cheers to health!
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