Guess what percentage of Americans eat the suggested amount of fruits and veggies each day? Only 11%! Even though I’m a bit of a health nut, I can definitely fall into the 89% category of those who fall short more often than I wish. I think that many of us, myself included, know what would make us healthier, but struggle to implement that knowledge as we navigate our hectic schedules. Prepping fresh ingredients can take time and take-out or packaged processed food can offer tempting convenience.
Enter my morning green juice. This simple routine helps me wake up and feel vibrant, while I get all the benefits of plant phytonutrients and enzymes, like immunity support, cancer prevention and anti-aging to name a few. I like to drink this juice first thing in the morning, before the day gets away from me.
Note: A slow juicer like the 43RPM HH Elite Hurom ensures that vitamins, minerals and enzymes in fruits and vegetables are preserved, so make sure you do your research before you purchase a juicer!
My favorite recipe is perfect for both veterans and newbies in the juicing world. Lemon, mint and ginger give this drink a refreshing flavor, and kale packs a punch of iron, calcium and vitamin A.
Charlene’s Favorite Green Juice
- 1 large apple, chopped
- 5 large kale leaves, washed
- 1 small lemon, with the peel cut off
- 1 inch knob fresh ginger, peeled
- 1 or more sprigs fresh mint
Wash the ingredients and chop into small pieces; 3-5 cm are optimal for juicing and reducing pulp.
Juice in your Hurom or other slow juicer!
I like to drop a couple ice cubes in my juice before serving. The Duralex tumbler is a perfect morning juice glass.