I love juicing my vegetables. For me, it’s the easiest route to get all the daily recommended servings into my diet. It is really challenging to get all the vitamins and minerals you need in your diet in order to be healthy and live a vibrant life. When your body isn’t receiving the nutrition it needs, it can lead to weight-gain, cravings, and low-energy. I find that by adding in one green juice made with green superfoods a day to my diet, I have more energy, it helps to stabilize my blood sugar and I feel more satisfied throughout the day. And if you are someone who typically depends on her morning cup of Joe to get moving in the morning, you’ll find that by starting your day with a green juice, you’ll have longer and more sustained energy!
There are certain SUPERFOODS that I add into my green juices that really pack a nutritional punch! Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Leafy green vegetables are always high up there on the list
I want to share with you seven vegetables that are always on my weekly shopping list.
If the thought of alfalfa conjures up thought of horse or cow feed, then think again. Alfalfa is great for human consumption because it is full of protein, chlorophyll, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and a variety of other vitamins. It has been used in the past as a blood purifier and anti-ulcer remedy. I personally love to juice alfalfa with carrot and have that instead of coffee first thing in the morning!
Don’t be freaked out, seaweed is tasty and good for you! Plants like dulse, kelp and nori contain minerals present in the sea that we typically don’t get in our land-based plants. Seaweed contains iodine (which is crucial for a healthy thyroid) and is rich in protein and minerals.
3. The Brassica Family
This may sound fancy but it’s actually just the classification for vegetables you are already familiar with: broccoli, cabbage, kale, collard greens and more. These powerful veggies contain cancer-fighting compounds in addition to providing you with high levels of vitamin C and K, iron and zinc. Don’t be afraid to add these to your juices. They are easier to digest when they are juiced and if you typically don’t like cabbage or kale, this can be a great way to transform their taste into something you do like!
Popeye was right! Spinach contains many vitamins and minerals which support total body health and strength! I find that when I juice spinach, it has a very neutral taste, so I can add it to most juices without it changing the flavor drastically.
Wheatgrass is a grain that is in its early growth phase. It contains abundant chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins and enzymes. It helps to cleanse the blood. Be warned, however, a little bit of wheatgrass goes a long way. Aim for about an ounce of juice in your drink or you’ll be overwhelmed by the taste.
If you didn’t know it, chlorella is algae. But I think of it as an amazing superfood because it’s a blood cleanser, helps the body to break down toxins, especially heavy metals and it also boosts immune function. Adding chlorella to your juices on a daily basis is highly recommended. A little goes a long way. A teaspoon should do it.
This is another type of algae. Spirulina is a the highest plant-based form of protein and is a complete protein at that! It also contains essential fatty acids, beta-carotene, and plenty of other vitamins and minerals. Spirulina has a different taste than chlorella and once again, I suggest adding a teaspoon to your diet daily.
When I’m juicing, I mix a variety of fruits and vegetables together to obtain unique flavor combinations in addition to making sure I get all the vitamins and minerals my body requires to stay in tip-top shape. I have even gone so far as to do a 40 day juice cleanse. I drank only freshly prepared juice for 40 days!! I documented my journey and the results where fantastic!! If you’re looking for some new juicing recipes, check it out for yourself. Plenty of people are discovering the benefits of adding juices to their diet on a regular basis or even doing a 7 day Superhero Juice Cleanse!
(And of course To Go Brands has Go Greens which is more than 15 organic fruits and vegetables in one container. How easy is that?! I add a scoop to my water mid-afternoon when I need a pick-me-up and I’m good to go!)
If you don’t have a juicer, don’t fret. You can blend produce and make smoothies. You can also focus on adding many more raw vegetables into your diet in the form of salads and wraps. Radiant health doesn’t have to be challenging. There are small steps you can take every day!
Emyrald Sinclaire is a Holistic Nutritionist who specializes in detoxification programs, internal cleanses, and helping clients build strong immune systems. She also travels internationally to do raw food workshops, yoga retreats, and personal coaching. In addition, Emyrald is a Certified Power Yoga Instructor and a Certified Raw Food Chef from the SunKitchen. For more information, visit PureRadiantSelf.com.