7 Ways To Give Your Green Juice A Winter Boost

It's winter. You wake up cold-to-the-bone. You want something nourishing and warming. But you also want your daily green juice. However, the thought of adding a cold drink to an already cold body makes you wince.

Here are 7 ways you can "winterize" your green juice and still benefit from the quick infusion of phytonutrients, antioxidants, chlorophyll and magnesium:

1. Warm up your body by enjoying a glass of hot water spiked with lime juice and a pinch of cardamon.

Then follow with your green juice, ideally served at room temperature.

2. Replace cucumber with celery as the base of your green juice.

Cucumber is a summer vegetable and must be flown in from the tropics to be used in winter. Celery has a longer season and can withstand cooler temperatures.

3. Use greens from the seasonkale, spinach, Swiss chard, cabbage, fennel and celery.

One of my favorite winter green juice recipes is:

  • 3 stalks of celery
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup of fennel
  • 1/2 bunch of kale
  • Squeeze of lime

4. Add warming spicesginger, pepper, cardamon, cinnamon, nutmeg, turmeric, jalapeño, cloves and cayenne pepper.

These spices help increase the body's thermogenic potential.

Try this recipe:

  • 1/2 pear
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • Dash of cardamon
  • 4oz coconut water
  • Cup of spinach
  • 3 stalks of celery

5. Make a blended juice, which feels more nourishing and can be chewed.

Try this recipe:

  • handful of kale
  • 6oz water
  • 1 pear
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2 avocado

6. Elevate the richness of your blended juice by adding chia seed oil, coconut oil, avocado or hemp seed.

Here's a recipe I like:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tbs hemp seed
  • 4oz coconut water
  • 4 oz coconut milk
  • Handful of spinach
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of coconut sugar
  • Squeeze of lime

7. Be okay with skipping your green juice and making a more in-season root vegetable juice.

Carrots and beets are ideal. If you're worried about the sugar content of using these vegetables, cut the juice with almond milk. Try this warming golden milk made in a blender.

  • 4oz carrot juice
  • 4oz almond milk
  • Dash of cinnamon

Dana James

Triple Board Certified Functional Nutritionist
Dana James, M.S., CNS, CDN, is a Columbia University–educated nutritional therapist and founder of Food Coach NYC. She holds her master's in clinical nutrition and is trained in nutrition biochemistry, functional medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes that food should be viewed as nourishing, joyful, and fundamental to self-care. Her goal is to help women break their antagonist (and often obsessive) relationship with food and their bodies. She believes that true beauty stems from grace, dignity, and embracing our idiosyncrasies that make us unique and imperfect. Dana created the "How to Ditch Sugar" video series for mindbodygreen. Check out the program here: How to Ditch Sugar. Dana coaches one on one, runs workshops in NYC and LA, and holds tele-seminars on various topics that help women lead a more beautiful and balanced life. To connect more with Dana, check out her Instagram account and sign up for her biweekly Sunday-evening emails.
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