Wouldn’t it be nice if all corporate offices had a raw juice vendor and got rid of all the coke machines?! Their willing to give us a nice gym! But what about investing in some juice machines too? Well until that happens, if it ever does, I’m stuck making my own. There’s a lot of benefits in drinking green juices, such as concentrated nutrients, detoxification, and healing so their definitely worth the time it takes making them. Smoothies are quicker without a doubt but if you can juice a few times a week, your body will thank you and so will your boss. Some of the “side effects” of drinking them at work include increased energy and productivity, better focus, mental clarity, and being more positive! Now what office couldn’t use that?!
- 7 dinosaur kale leaves
- 7 celery stalks
- 1 large cucumber
- 1/3 pineapple, peeled and cored
- 1/2 lemon, unpeeled
- 1 inch ginger root
- 1 inch turmeric root
Juice all ingredients, then filter it for a smoother drink. Enjoy.
Benefits: anti-inflammation and pain relief
I juice my fruits first to make sure I’m not getting too much “fruit juice,” usually no more than 8 ounces. When juicing, its best to yield more green juice than fruit juice to avoid a glycemic overload. Since there is no fiber, the juice will literally go right into your bloodstream within 15 minutes! Sipping on your juice over a few hours rather than a few minutes can also help. After I make my juice, I place it in the freezer an hour before I go to work. By the time I get to work, I have an icy cold green drink to enjoy and get me through the day.
by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer
If you haven’t tried green juices made with pineapple, you don’t know what your missing! Green juices can be so delicious with just the right amount of fruit. This one comes packed with nutrition! Here is a summary of what you get:
Kale is low in calories and has zero fat. It’s full of nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium, important stuff the body needs! Kale has iron too. Actually, for the same amount of calories, kale has more iron than beef but doesn’t hurt your heart with heart clogging cholesterol. Kale is full of vitamin K which is needed for good bone health and healthy blood clotting. Kale is also filled with powerful antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids that can protect our skin and from various cancers.
Spinach is good for our eyes. It has a rich source of beta carotene, lutein and xanthene. AMD, or age related macular degeneration is due to a lack of lutein and xanthene which form a central part of the retina in our eyes so its important to eat foods with these key eye nutrients.
Pineapples are loaded with immunity boosting vitamin C and are also good for the eyes. They are serious inflammation fighters and unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapples have a significant source of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein and aids digestion.
Ginger fires up important digestive juices and livens up our appetite! It gives a healthy boost to our metabolism and who couldn’t use that? Its been hailed as nature’s farmaceutical in preventing and treating certain types of cancers such as ovarian and breast cancer. Ginger root also contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These compounds are believed to be the reason why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis feel better and experience less pain with improvements in their mobility.
by Lupita Ronquillo, Holistic Nutrition writer
¹The World’s Healthiest Foods– Kale & Ginger
²Organic Facts- Health Benefits of Spinach
³PubMed.org- Carotenoids & Flavonoids Contribute to Nutritional Protection...