Say hello to my mean, green morning routine. I have been consciously trying to up my vegetable intake and this refreshing green smoothie-ish blender juice has done the trick! We can all stand to eat more vegetables and breakfast is one meal where they tend to be lacking. Greens, Celery, Cucumber, Parsley, Lemon, Apple and Water–one benefit of blending this over juicing is that all the healthy fiber remains a part of the drink!
Reality check: Smoothies and juices have become very trendy but they are not all created equal! I have found that my clients tend to load up our blenders and juicers with tons of fruit because they crave the sweetness. Yes, fruit is nourishing, but when we do this we tend to overcome fruit and calories and we miss out on the opportunity to eat more veggies!! Challenge yourself to blend up 75% veggies and 25% fruit–your blood sugars will thank you too!
Did you know that lemon, parsley and celery are great detoxifiers? No, I am not promoting a juice cleanse but I do think including these foods in our diet can support our detoxification pathways–especially our liver and kidneys. Lemon is also rich in immune boosting vitamin C. Keep some of the peel intact as there are powerful essential oils in the skin.
Did you know that nutrients in a smoothie or juice will deplete over time? The take-home? Drink up! The faster your slurp this sucker down the more nutritious it will be!
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 2 lemons, peeled (add some of the rind)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped celery
- 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley
- 2-3 cups greens like dandelion greens, kale or spinach
- 1 apple, cored
- 3 cups of filtered water
- Puree all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Serve Cold.