Winter is rapidly approaching, I’ve already noticed the days becoming shorter and the air getting chillier, so I thought I would blog about the importance of getting lots of vitamins and minerals in the winter months so that we can fight off infections and stay healthy. There is no better way to get all the important vitamins and minerals than in the form of a green juice. It’s also so versatile, you can literally chuck any vegetable, or fresh herb into the mix with a bit of fruit and mask the taste of particularly potent yet beneficial plants/vegetable – for example ginger or coriander. By using vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli as a base for your green juice, you have already ensured that your juice will help you boost immunity and provide an extra layer of protection to the cells in the body as dark green cruciferous veg are packed with vitamins C, E, and K; folate; and minerals. As well as this, without getting to scientific, there are numerous studies which have linked the intake of green juices, high in cruciferous veg, to the reduction of harmful cells in our bodies (such as cancer cells) and the healing and reparation of them.
Alongside these benefits green juices also deliver a kick of natural energy and can boast you energy levels which can lead to higher levels of motivation and production, which can be difficult to maintain in the colder months when the days are a lot shorter and darker. Without rambling on, I think it is evident that everyone knows how beneficial and helpful consuming green juice can be for our bodies and our overall health, so I have left a simple recipe which you can try at home below. The beauty of green juice is that there are a million different combinations that can be made using different fruit and veg based on your personal preferences or on an intended purposes. For example: if I wanted to create a juice to stop a cold I felt arising I would pack my juice with lots of ginger, however if I was feeling really tired and unmotivated I would ensure my base was spinach as spinach is rich in iron and can help boost energy levels rapidly. With the recipes I have also added pictures. When looking at the pictures you will see that I didn’t use a juicer. I blended my juice and then separated the juice from the pulp with a muslin cloth. I chose to do it this way to show that even if you don’t have a juicer at home, you can still create a healthy green juice – however it will take more time. Also juicers these days are partially expensive and if you can’t afford the extra expense of one, fear not as muslin cloth are available at Lakeland or any store similar for just £4 for 5 clothes! So there is really no excuse to start juicing and slamming your body with high vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!
My Green Juice Recipe:
- Fresh Turmeric
- Juice of 1 Lemon
Happy juicing guys!