Green juice has finally found its way to the mainstream. It’s a wonderful way to receive the benefits of TONS of produce all in one bright, beautiful, and delicious drink. This is amazing! But, believe it or not, there are some juicy combinations that aren’t so hot for our health.
I am here to demystify all of this and teach you how to make juice that is healthy, balanced and energizing. Let’s get juicy! Here are some tips to get you going:
1. Add only ONE sweet fruit per juice.
This is where mistakes occur in the juicing world. Sweet fruits are healthy and balanced in their natural packaging as whole (fiber-rich) fruits, but once we strip away this natural fiber, they become high-glycemic and unbalancing to the system. Drinking fruit juice is basically the equivalent of guzzling a can of soda as far as your blood sugar's concerned. One sweet fruit per juice is plenty to make the greens and veggies palatable, and to balance the flavors perfectly without bumping up the blood sugar levels. Plus, fruit is delicious all on its own, so let's just stick to eating it!
2. Make vegetables your base.
Now that we understand why not to use fruits as a base, let's talk about what to do instead. Celery, cucumbers, bok choy and romaine lettuce each make a great base for any juice, as they have a high liquid content, and give you the most bang for your buck.
3. Remember: some veggies count as fruit.
Carrots and beets are the big ones here. These get tossed into the fruit category since they are high glycemic veggies without their fiber. This means that if you want to incorporate a carrot, or a beet, only use half of your sweet fruit in that juice.
4. Include dark leafy greens.
After you choose your base vegetable, pick a leafy green to add more nutrition and substance to the juice: kale, arugula, spinach and collards are some good choices. I also like to add broccoli and kale stems leftover from meals I’ve made over the week. Less waste, more nutrition!
5. Get zesty with citrus.
Citrus gives any juice irresistible zing! Citrus fruits are more bitter than sweet and don’t become too glycemic when juiced. They add some alkalinity to the beverage and some extra vitamin C. A good amount to use is half a lemon or one full lime.
6. Add medicinal extras.
Make your juice even more beneficial, detoxifying, and healing by adding some natural goodness: