Juice! It's a 3.4 billion dollar industry and the "juice cleanse" craze has taken over our society. With some bottles going for $10 a pop, it's an expensive habit that lures people in with aesthetically-pleasing packaging and weight-loss focused slogans. I've never been too keen on juice bars; why spend all that money when you can make it at home?
I've been incorporating this green juice into my mornings for the past couple of weeks and now I'm addicted. The best part is that you don't even need a juicer! Juicers are messy, clunky, take so much extra time to clean and set up, and demand counter space that is not readily available in a tiny apartment.
This juice is zingy and slightly spicy from the ginger, which is anti-inflammatory and boosts immunity (I always add extra because I'm a ginger fiend but feel free to dial it back if it's not your favorite). It's also low in sugar and keeps the blood sugar levels stable. Often times, folks begin their day with sugary cereal or yogurt, which can cause a huge spike in your insulin. For all my ladies out there struggling with hormonal breakouts/acne, high blood sugar is directly connected to acne; higher blood sugar in your body means more of the hormone insulin which means pesky breakouts. I've noticed a huge difference in the overall appearance of my skin as well as the amount of breakouts I get from when I started drinking this juice daily.
Drinking this juice in the mornings also gets things movin'. If you're someone who struggles with constipation, incorporating this juice into your diet will help eliminate toxins and keep your body more regular. The cucumber and celery in the juice keeps the skin hydrated. Back to hormonal breakouts, if you're constantly covering your breakouts with creams and potions in attempt to dry them out, you're not giving the breakouts a chance to heal. Keeping your skin hydrated (and letting it breathe!) is crucial for clearing up those blemishes. Even if you're not struggling with breakouts, glowy, hydrated skin is the best kind!
- Boosts immunity.
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels.
- Decreases hormonal acne.
- Gets your digestive enzymes flowing.
- Increases energy.
Lets get to it!
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 3 cups filtered water
- 5 stalks of celery, chopped
- 4 inch nob of cucumber, chopped
- 2 inch nob of ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 a green apple
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Big handful of parsley
- Optional: 2 inch piece of fresh aloe vera, peeled and chopped (extra skin food!)
HOW TO MAKE
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender (I recommend a Vitamix or NutriBullet) and blend for about 1 minute. There will be some froth so you can either wait a couple of minutes or scoop it off of the top with a spoon if you're impatient like me.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
*Note - this juice does contain some pulp since the ingredients are kept whole. If you're not a fan of pulp, you can simply strain the juice through a nut-milk bag and it will be much more smooth!
*Note - this recipe makes about 5 cups of juice. I drink the whole batch every morning, but you can certainly divvy it up and enjoy it throughout the week, instead!
I hope this juice leaves you feeling energized, refreshed, and rejuvenated!
With love and light xx