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Take Your Health To the Next Level With Smoothies + Juices Part 4: MY 'Green Machine' Detox Juice Recipe

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* If you haven't already, check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of my 5 Part Series on Smoothies + Juices!


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Let Juicing Be Thy Medicine

Detox programs and cleanse products can take us on a rollercoaster ride. They throw us into a cycle of fasting followed by binging, and lead us to believe that we can alternate between eating junk and trying to reverse it with deprivation and unsafe dieting methods, only to go back to eating junk again. Phew!

Whole fruits and vegetables are a natural and safe way for our bodies to cleanse—they are both nutrient dense and free of harmful ingredients. If the vast majority of your diet were fruits and vegetables, then your body would be cleansing all the time! When you up your intake of whole foods, proper digestion and elimination begin to occur daily—that is true detoxification! Why would you only clean your body out periodically? That would be like only brushing your teeth once a month!

Cleansing and detoxification of the body should be happening on a daily basis!

Juicing is exceptionally good for detoxification and cleansing because the insoluble fiber is eliminated leaving you with a high water content drink that is much easier for your body to digest.  All of the phytonutients, vitamins, and minerals go straight to your bloodstream and get to work on repairing cells.

I love my Omega VRT330S Juicer, because it's not overly expensive and gets the job done with minimal cleanup!


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Go Green Or Go Home

I like to experiment with all kinds of different fruit and veggie juices, but green juice is especially beneficial. Juicing with primarily green vegetables and little to no fruit can be very effective at detoxification because they are highly alkaline and low in sugar content. While natural fruit sugars are good for us, when the fiber is eliminated, too much of a good thing can cause rapid blood sugar spikes. Green juice is the perfect detox!

* Sometimes I get curious about the vitamin and mineral content of my recipes, so if you're interested in seeing what exactly is going into your body, check out this Juicing Calculator!

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Erin's 'Green Machine' Detox Juice

Serves: 1 (ideally, but sometimes I will split this amount with the hubs!)

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  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 bunch of kale or 5-6 large leaves (I like Lacinato kale—no need to remove the stalks)
  • 2-3 sliced cucumber
  • 3-4 stalks of celery
  • 1 handful of fresh herbs (i.e. parsley and/or cilantro)
  • 1-2 inch slice of ginger root
  • 1 small slice of turmeric root
  • 1 half to 1 whole, cored, green apple (optional)
  • 1 lemon (squeeze juice into the mix after straining excess pulp)
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  • Additional options: Pour your green juice through a fine mesh sieve to eliminate any remaining insoluble fiber, for a smoother juice.
  • If I'm feeling extra ambitious, sometimes I'll even mix in a scoop of organic barley grass juice powder to increase the detox effect of my juice—more on that in Part 5

 

* Note: all measurements are approximate.

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Make Your Juice Worth The Squeeze

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  • Be careful not to add too much fruit, as it can cause rapid blood sugar spikes due to the lack of fiber content.
  • If a green juice just isn't palatable enough for you, add a lemon. You can also add a half or whole green apple, as well—these options will help you adjust to the 'green' taste. 
  • Rotate your greens when blending and juicing. It's important to work a variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet, especially greens. Spinach one day, kale the next, then romaine, you get the idea! 
  • Drink your juice within 15 minutes for maximum potency. The minute it hits the air, it will start to oxidize, meaning that the nutrients begin to diminish. However, high quality juicers do allow juice to be refrigerated in a sealed, airtight container for up to 48 hours, without much nutrient loss. 
  • Some say that swishing the juice in your mouth or "chewing" the juice will help to stimulate all necessary digestive enzymes in your mouth, just as it would with eating whole foods.
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To-Go Thoughts

  • Green juice is highly alkaline and helps balance pH
  • The body has to work less hard to digest, and nutrients go straight to your bloodstream
  • Lower in calories and should be used supplementally rather than as a meal replacement
  • Use smoothies as a snack or meal replacement and juices for cleansing or 'medicinal' purposes

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*BONUS*

Check out this great article on MindBodyGreen.com to learn how to use the leftover pulp from your juice to make some delicious and nutritious recipes!


Stay Tuned for Part 5 of my 5 Part Series on Smoothies + Juices, packed full of Supercharged Superfoods that you can add to you smoothies and juices for added health benefits! In the meantime, get your juice on!

* If you haven't already, check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of my 5 Part Series on Smoothies + Juices!

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Erin 

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Take Your Health To the Next Level With Smoothies + Juices Part 1: Blending Vs. Juicing

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Smoothies vs. Juices

Hey guys! Today's post is the beginning of a five part series on blending and juicing! I'll be giving you the low-down on how to make a smooth transition into liquifying your diet and how to make the juice worth the squeeze!

  • Part 1 will cover the differences between Blending vs. Juicing 
  • Part 2 is where I share What's in My Kitchen, and how to invest in a quality blender and/or juicer 
  • Part 3 will include my go-to 'Morning Buzz' smoothie recipe
  • Part 4 will be my favorite 'Green Machine' detox juice recipe
  • Part 5 will be packed full of Supercharged Superfoods that you can add to you smoothies and juices for added health benefits!

Enjoy Part 1 & stay tuned for Part 2!


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Drink up!

A lot of people wonder which is the better route to take, between smoothies and juices. It's kind of like comparing apples and oranges. I believe that both have their place, and it shouldn't be one or the other! On a spectrum, whole foods take the longest to digest, followed by smoothies, and juices take the least amount of time. You might be wondering, well doesn't it make sense to eat something that will keep me fuller longer?
The idea is, that the easier it is for your body to digest food, the less hard it has to work, allowing it more time to heal and repair. While you can't live on fresh, cold-pressed juice or smoothies alone, you can make them a part of your daily life for improved digestion—and it's the easiest way to deliver a powerhouse full of superfoods to your body on-the-go! 

My advice to you is, if you're looking to take your health to the next level, I would start by investing in a great blender, and start making smoothies a part of your daily routine! Juicing is the next level. Don't worry, I've gotcha covered in Part 2, when it comes to buying quality appliances!

 

Smooth Sailing: Smoothies

The older I get, the more busy and jam-packed my mornings seem to be! A common thread I hear among people wanting to get healthier is that they know eating breakfast is important, but they A) aren't a breakfast person, and B) don't have the time to sit down. Enter the blender! 

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I will confess, it took me a whole year to unbox the blender that my husband and I got for our wedding! I had this preconceived notion that blending up a bunch of produce was just going to be expensive and time consuming. But, I liked the idea of a "drinkable" breakfast that I could take on the go. I had been drinking powdered protein and meal replace shakes pretty regularly in the mornings, but it just felt like something was missing. I wanted to transition away from as much processed food as possible, and shift towards a more whole foods, plant-based diet. Fast forward to now, and my husband and I are making one, sometimes two smoothies a day!

A morning smoothie is one of the best ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet, and they can really pack a powerful punch without leaving you feeling weighed down and tired. Besides fruits and vegetables, you can also add in nuts, seeds, superfoods such as maca and spirulina, healthy nut milks, and coconut water.

My number one rule is, always try to add some type of leafy green to your smoothies! Spinach, kale, romaine, arugula, chard, the options are endless!

Many Americans are constantly concerned with protein intake, but, what we are really lacking in our diet is FIBER! Less than 3% of the population is protein deficient, while more than 97% of people are not getting enough fiber, according to renowned physician and plant-based advocate, Dr. Garth Davis, in his interview with my favorite podcast host, Rich Roll. Insoluble fiber keeps our digestive system moving along, and helps to efficiently remove waste from our bodies. Soluble fiber helps dampen the effect of sugar entering the body, that could otherwise lead to insulin spikes and crashes, and can also improve cholesterol levels! Fruit and vegetable smoothies are packed full of both soluble and insoluble fiber, and both are crucial to our health and wellbeing.

The Juice is Worth The Squeeze: Juices

After becoming a religious smoothie-holic, I started to wonder what's next?! Juicing is the next level of health—the cherry on top! The main difference between a juice and a smoothie is that the fiber is eliminated. The better quality juicer you get, the more clean and viable your juice will be (more on this in Part 2). 

Smoothies are a great meal replacement, but juices are not. When you juice a fruit or vegetable, your are getting a lower calorie, high water content, nutrient-dense drink. This can be extremely beneficial when trying to cleanse, detox, or replenish the body. When the fiber and pulp is removed from produce, then vitamins and minerals are better able to absorb directly into the bloodstream. Talk about insta-feel-good!

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The Breakdown

Blending

  • Liquifies food by chopping it up
  • Main Benefits - NUTRIENTS + FIBER
  • Highly Digestible
  • Insoluble and Soluble Fiber Intact
  • Sustained Release (due to insoluble fiber)
  • Nutrient Dense
  • About 35% Nutrient Absorption
  • Higher Calorie - can be a meal replacement

Juicing

  • Extracts juice by separating from fiber/pulp
  • Main Benefits - NUTRIENTS + HEALING
  • Even More Highly Digestible
  • Soluble Fiber Intact, Insoluble Fiber Eliminated
  • Quick Release (due to elimination of insoluble fiber)
  • More Nutrient Dense
  • As Much As 99% Nutrient Absorption
  • Lower Calorie - should not be a meal replacement
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Food For Thought

If you're even remotely interested in buying a blender and/or juicer, it's probably for health reasons, right? I say invest in a quality one that will last a lifetime! Think of it this way, would you rather be paying for things that are going to improve your health and well-being, or paying medical bills when you get sick?! Just some food for thought, er...juice for thought!

Stay tuned for Part 2, where I'll go over What's in My Kitchen, and how to make the investment in quality appliances for optimal health!

 

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Erin 

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