St. Patrick's Day is just a few days away so before you reach for the green beer and green milkshake, we want to give you a delicious and easy green juice recipe. We aren't saying don't enjoy the day and all it has to offer, but why not fuel up on some amazing nutrients to balance it out!
We have two main ingredients that are filled with vitamins and nutrients - apple and spinach. I am sure you know that apples contain a good amount of Vitamin C and fiber which is great, but they also bring some more benefits leading the Medical News Today who list them as one of the top 15 healthy foods. Apples also contain a complex of B vitamins, phytonutrients, minerals like calcium and potassium, and the antioxidant Quercetin which has been found to have benefits in neurological health.
Spinach is another one of the top 15 healthy foods, Popeye was definitely on to something - but we prefer our spinach fresh rather than the canned variety. Spinach boasts a ton of vitamin A which is great for our skin and hair as well a vitamin C which in addition to helping our immune system - it also helps build and maintain collagen. So this juice drink is like a facial in a cup:). Spinach also has a lot of potassium, vitamin K, fiber, iron, calcium and is a great source of magnesium. If you lift weights at all, then you know magnesium is your friend as it helps us maintain muscle along with a whole host of other benefits.
This is juice recipe is really just a starter one - you can customize it with anything else you like. If the lemon is too acidic for you today, try swapping it for a half of an orange. Also, add anything else you like - ginger would be great as well as cucumber and carrots. The juice makes a fantastic afternoon pick-me-up instead of reaching for a cookie or coffee.
Give it a try and let us know what you think and Happy St. Patrick's Day!
1/2 of a lemon, peeled
1 small organic apple, cut so that you don't use the seeds
a handful (1-2 cups loosely packed) of organic fresh spinach
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 cup of water
1.) Place all in a high-speed blender, blend, and enjoy!