Green Juice Recipes & Benefits
What is so special about green juice? Green juice has become very popular in recent times but the healing power of green juice has been known by the founders of natural medicine Dr Norman Walker, Ann Wigmore and Dr Max Gerson for decades. They have been using both green juice and wheatgrass to heal themselves and others of cancer and other chronic diseases.
A cold press juicer is the only type of juicer which will be able to extract juice from green vegetables efficiently due to the extraction method of gently squeezing the produce.
But how can one drink be so powerful? We will outline the benefits of drinking green juice and provide some juicing inspiration with our best green juice recipes.
Green juices are alkaline
Our bodies crave a balance between acidity and alkaline. Some foods like meat, dairy, wheat, refined sugar and processed foods as well as alcohol and other lifestyle choices cause our bodies to become more acidic. An acidic environment becomes toxic for the body and is said to lead to diseases such as cancer and arthritis. By consuming more alkaline foods we are helping our bodies to balance our pH levels (this is what alkalinity vs acidity is determined by). Green vegetables are highly alkaline and form the basis of any alkaline diet - especially leafy green vegetables such a wheatgrass, spinach, celery and kale. Many green juice recipes include herbs and sprouts which are among the top alkaline foods.
Green juice for detox
Green vegetables, especially leafy green ones, release chlorophyll into the liver which encourages the breakdown of toxins by neutralizing them and aids overall liver function. Chlorophyll purifies the liver and helps to rebuild tissues. It also acts as a medicine by intensifying the oxygen flow. An increase in oxygen allows our liver to release toxins and stress from the body.
Green juice for more energy - without sugar!
When you are drinking a green juice, your body begins to naturally detox. This process will clear the body of toxins and oxygenate the blood which will give you a super charged energy boost. A green juice is perfect in the morning as a coffee replacement. Green leafy vegetables are 30% protein too so they will keep you fuller for longer and stop and sugar cravings throughout the day.
Green juice for weight loss
When we are undernourished our body cries out for food, and we recognize this as hunger when really our bodies are crying out for nutrition. A green juice is by far one of the most helpful things you can do for your body, by giving it a super-charged punch of nutrients and vitamins. When our bodies are looked after, we feel fuller and the cravings stop. It's that simple.
If you are looking to lose weight with juicing see our article: Juice Recipes for Weight Loss
Green Juice Recipes
Zucchini & Mint Juice
- 1 zucchini
- 4 celery sticks
- 6 kale leaves
- Half a lime
- 2 green apples
- Handful of mint
Zucchini in juice is the perfect whole body cleanser! It has a high water content and nourishes your body with Vitamin A and C, making it perfect for immunity and detox. Celery is highly regarded as being one of the key ingredients to any green juice - and its benefits are pretty amazing. Celery reduces inflammation, lowers blood pressure, is full of antioxidants, it is good for detoxing, cleansing, recovering, helps you sleep better and your skin to glow! Take our word for it and drink more celery juice!
Spicy Spinach & Coriander Juice
A recipe which will spice up the detox and make your organs kick start.
Handful of spinach
- 2 cucumbers
- 1 green chilli
- Handful of coriander/cilantro
- ½ lime
- 2 green apples
Coriander or cilantro is a powerful little herb. It contains a antibiotic compound called dodecenal which has been tested to be twice as effective as the antibiotic drug used to kill food born bacteria. Coriander also has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties so it is great for infections. Green chillis give this juice a nice kick, which will help your metabolism as well as being full of vitamin A, K and C.
Cool Cucumber Digestion Juice
- 2 cucumber
- 4 celery sticks
- Handful mint
Cucumbers are a great base for any green juice, and their high water content means they are good for weight loss, and also means they are incredibly hydrating. They also have the dietary fibre needed to assist the digestive system and will help with constipation. Mint is also great for digestion as it activates the salivary glands in our mouth which activate digestive enzymes, facilitating digestion.
The Ultimate Green Juice
- 4 celery stalks
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 1 Cup of Sunflower Sprouts
- 5 leaves/stalks Kale
- 3 leaves/stalks of swiss chard of silver beet
- 1/2 green apple
This is by far our favourite recipe and drinking a glass of this everyday is when you will really start to see the benefits of a green juice. Kale is being named the "king of greens" and is a superfood which will give you iron, Vitamin K, A and C, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre, calcium and more! You can replace the sprouts with any type of sprout you like, sunflower sprouts contain up to 100 times the amount of enzymes as their fully-grown counterparts. They provide all of the essential amino acids and help repair muscle tissues.
Do you have any favourite juice recipes for green juice? Or a favourite ingredient? Share it with us by commenting below!
For more cold press juice recipes see our article Cold Press Juice Recipes, which is your portal page to all our recipes for specific conditions and goals.