The perfect green juice
Juices are one of my favourite things to prepare on rising. They are such an easy and delicious way to boost your intake of nutrients in an absorbable form and within minutes of sipping the juice, you feel the nutrients whizzing around your body doing you good.
The combination of cucumber, spiach, parsley and celery mixed with a touch of ginger, lemon and fennel and a pear for a little sweetness is just perfect. As with all my juices, they are more vegetable-based with a touch of fruit rather than the other way round. It takes a little bit of getting used to flavour-wise if you are new to juicing and have a naturally sweet tooth, so if this is you, you might like to add two pieces of fruit to ease your way into it and then you can reduce the fruit to one piece gradually over time.
Because the fibre is stripped out in the juicing process, your digestive system has zero work to do to digest the juice as the juicer has taken on the role of your teeth and the mastication process in your stomach. It is therefore especially important that the sugar content is kept on the low side when you enjoy a shop bought juice or make your own, as there is no fibre to slow down the release of the meal/juice into your blood stream. Lots of sugar results in a quick spike in your blood sugar levels which ultimately ends in a blood sugar crash and an energy low which can lead to cravings mid morning and mid afternoon.
This recipe makes 500ml of juice so you can enjoy half now and half later on in the day to give you a second round of perking up. Although best drunk immediately for maximum benefits, you can store the juice in the fridge in an airtight container for 24 hours and it still tastes just as good.
Though I’ve only used parsley in this recipe, parsley and coriander are extremely useful herbs to support detoxification. They contain beta-carotene, vitamins C and K and a range of oils and plant flavonoids such as myristicin, limonene, eugenol and linalool which all have their own independent health properties. They both have diuretic effects which is useful for easing fluid retention.
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All the healthy best,
- 1 small cucumber
- 1 small handful of spinach leaves
- small handful of parsley
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 pear, unpeeled
- 1 small lemon, peeled
- ¼ small fennel bulb
- 1” piece fresh ginger
- Chop your ingredients into chunks so that they fit through the funnel of your juicer with ease.
- Add all the ingredients, one by one into your juicer.
- Depending on the make of your juicer and how powerful the motor and blades are, you may need to interchange between your more fibrous greens and then a bit of pear or cucumber which is more watery so it'll help to push the spinach through without getting a trafffic jam in your juicer!
- Add a couple of ice cubes to your jar/glass and pour in the juice. Enjoy every sip!
- If you have any leftover or you want to enjoy half now and half later on then store it the fridge in an airtight container or in a glass filled as closely to the top and cover it with cling film to reduce the oxidation.