Hello juice lovers!
I’ve seen a lot of bloggers recently indulging in cold pressed juices, sent straight to their doors beautifully pre-made and packaged ready for the perfect Insta-moment. Googling the tagged brands in said posts I broke my computer chair whilst falling backwards off of it, discovering that most of these fancy juice cleanses start at £80 a day. Not only is that ridiculous, but by bottling the juices and having them shipped they are probably pasteurized – that means they are heated and processed, killing all the vital nutrients the consumers think they are getting!
£80 A DAY!
Juicing is SO easy, and so cheap (unless you shop in Waitrose). You really don’t need to be getting out a second mortgage to enjoy the benefits. Seriousy, go to Aldi once a week and buy £10-£15 of green veg per week on top of your weekly shop, That will easily give you a juice a day for the week.
£80 A DAY…please!!
Whilst I am an avid fan of all juices, it can be really easy to accidentally consume more calories than you usually would by juicing with all of your favourite fruits, which are high in sugar. The nutritional benefits of veggie juice are phenomenal, and every time I swap my breakfast or lunch for one of these bad boys, I feel happier and brighter for the whole day.
So here’s what you need (as well as a juicer):
Kale is a mean green veggie machine, especially raw. It’s virtually fat free and very low in calories, plus it contains Vitamin K, which helps your body to maintain healthy blood and bones. It’s rich in anti-oxidants, which are the body’s little defenders against nasty cells, and is rich in Vitamins A and C too.
It’s basically like digesting water in terms of calories, and it’s your best friend when it comes to juicing. It’s only 50p and you get a lot out of it, so it’s fab for bulking up your green juices. It’s great for digestion because of the high water content, and as well as being a bad cell fighter like kale, it is also a natural anti-inflammatory.
If you don’t like the strong taste of ginger, you can leave it out. But it really gives the juice a kick. Ginger has a tradition of being effective in aiding bowel and abdominal pain (great news for my IBS) and is also a natural anti-inflammatory like celery. Needless to say its fat content is virtually non-existent.
Cucumber, like celery, will give you a lot of juice thanks to its high water content. It is great for flushing out toxins, brightening your skin and eyes (magnesium, potassium, silica) and will even make your nails stronger. It’s packed with vitamins A, B and C, which will boost your energy too.
I cheated and used a red apple, but you can use any kind of apple – or a pear if you prefer. It’s just to add a little bit of sweetness. “An apple a day..”.and all that!
Consuming all of these amazing vegetables raw and in a juice means that your body doesn’t have to work hard at digesting them. The nutrients that are absorbed quickly into the blood stream are really highly concentrated…so you’re getting a lot more of all that vital stuff. You can literally feel the living nutrients flooding your body. This powerful green juice even has the power to steer me away from my coffee obsession; one of these each morning gives me the same buzz without the slump. I sleep better, I don’t get as many sugary cravings and my mind is definitely clearer.
All because of this little green juice.