Green juice: benefits and recipes

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I just cannot describe how much I love fresh green juice…it‘s just unbelievable beverage!
If you know you’re missing out on veggies and fruits but just cannot come around to eat a lot of it, fresh juices might be just the right thing for you. I mean, you can pack one glass so full of vitamins and minerals that it’s unreal.

Anyways, down to business…I am a bit of an expert in making fresh juices and smoothies so I can talk a lot on the subject but as I have been into vegetable and green juices recently I will focus on them.

First of all, let’s talk about the gear…It’s really worthwhile to invest in good juicer…it will probably set you off for £150-200 but it will pay off. Also, sometimes we need citrus juicer and smoothie maker (you can replace the latest with blender).

There are lots of vegetables which can be used for juice and I always add couple of apples as well. My normal daily base for any vegetable juice is a combination of apples, cucumber, celery and spinach…with the various additions.

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So, for 200ml glass of basic vegetable green juice we need:
1 medium apple (you can take 2 if really have a sweet tooth)
1/3 of large cucumber
1 or 2 celery sticks
2 large handfuls of spinach
And simply juice it all together. So what do we get in our glass…There is virtually zero saturated fat and no cholesterol…plus

1) apples are high in Vitamin C;
2) cucumbers and celery provide with magnesium, potassium, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6;
3) spinach is a rich source of calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamins A, B6, C, E…phhh…
Basically you can throw away all multivitamins…and this juice is especially good for your skin and immune system.

Here are few ideas how to add some variety and make your vegetable juice even healthier.
1) Put in couple of carrots. Carrots are super high in beta-carotene, so your eyes will say a big thank you.
2) Raw beetroot is also great (yes, you’ve heard me…RAW…no-no to boiled version).  It contains folic acid, vitamins A, C and B6, iron, magnesium, potassium and full of anti-oxidants. It might be very beneficial for those suffering from high blood pressure.
3) Blend in some avocado. This is the main source of fatty acids…this veg contains exactly the kind of fat your body needs…so should I say more…oh well it is also packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fibre. And it is good for your cardiovascular system, has anti-inflammatory benefits and is shown to reduce the chances of cancer…what more could we possibly ask?

Also, you could always mix in a table spoon of flax seeds (for some Omega-3 fatty acids) or concentrated Aloe Vera juice (to help your digestive system) or even a bit of olive oil just to help your body absorb all those good things and get some vitamin E (but no oil if you add avocado)…

So here you have a few options how to play around with vegetable juice so just try it and find what suits you best!

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