Green Juicing for Weight Loss

Losing weight can be a very tough process for some people. The struggle to gain control over weight gain and loss has spawned a large number of diets that are aimed at people who have issues with weight loss, but are these expensive and restrictive diets really the only answer available? If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware that getting certain nutrients and maintaining a balanced diet can also be a road to weight loss. A great thing about juicing is that you can gain many of these nutrients without having to spend an enormous amount of time. Here are some tips for green juicing in order to help you lose weight.

Help Eliminating Toxins
One of the most important marks of a healthy vegetable would be one that helps your body to remove toxins. When toxic chemicals and naturally occurring poisons begin to build up in the body, it makes it harder for the body to metabolize what it ingests, and these chemicals can arrest some functions entirely. Putting a good fruit in your diet like apples, or lemons can go a long way to cleansing the body. Many fruits and vegetables contain an agent called pectin. Pectic is one of the main things responsible for lowering cholesterol in the blood and helps the body to remove excess fats and toxins from the body.

Metabolism Functionality
Another benefit of pectin is that it helps with digestion. When your digestive system is working more efficiently, you can absorb more nutrients into your body. A good fruit or vegetable like papaya, apples, or spinach helps regulate blood sugar while helping you to pass many of the other things that you’ve eaten in a 24-hour period. Water-soluble fibers like pectin also attract particles that should be disposed of through the elimination of wastes. Plant-based sources of protein and minerals are also highly accessible by the body. Eating more vegetation, in general, encourages metabolic functionality.

Reduces Water Weight
A balanced diet should also help you to have the proper amount of moisture distribution in your body. When fluids pool in areas in the body, it can contribute heavily to circulation issues that are caused by extra water weight pressing into things while sitting, lying down, etc. Watery vegetables like cucumber help stimulate the body to jettison the extra fluids, thus bringing down some of the weight. This also helps get rid of toxins that are being swept up by pectin and other water-soluble fibers.

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Easy Green Juice Recipes for Beginners

Have you ever had green juice? Green juice basically just refers to a juice or drink that is made with mostly deep green vegetables. When you first begin to learn about what kinds of foods you can use to make your juice, it might seem like there is a lot to learn, but it is surprisingly simple if you follow a few simple rules. To make the process even easier for you, this article will be including a few very simple recipes that you can follow to make healthy juice at home that your whole family can enjoy.

Super Spinach Green Juice
Spinach is a leafy green vegetable that has been very popular for years. It’s super high in iron and has a host of other benefits for your body, and can help to keep yours from having a major crash in the middle of the day. Spinach is also a really great source of calcium that your body can easily access. Simply take about a cup of spinach and juice it with a sweet potato and a decent sized apple. This is another great morning drink that will not only energize you but help you protect your blood sugar levels as well.

1 Cup of Spinach
1 Sweet Potato
1 Big Apple

Blood Sugar Helper Green Juice
This recipe might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has extremely valuable effects on the body and its blood sugar levels. If you have elevated blood sugar levels, it is highly effective to the point that warnings have been issued about avoiding consuming it at the same time as blood sugar regulation drugs. All you must do is take a bitter melon, a romaine lettuce heart, a large apple, half a lime, and a cucumber and juice each of them together. This recipe should make about a cup and a half of awesome and powerful green juice. Drink it in the morning for the best results.

1 Bitter Melon
1 Romaine Lettuce Heart
1 Large Apple
1/2 Lime
1 Cucumber

Bedtime Green Juice
If you have trouble sleeping this might be a perfect recipe for you. Romaine lettuce is full of important trace minerals, but the thing you’ll be looking for here is lactucarium, the sap of the lettuce. It has a relaxing effect on the body and will help you to be able to rest better. Just take about 2 celery stalks, 3 romaine hearts, half of a lemon, and a large apple. Juice the vegetables, and you’ll be off to sleepy land in no time at all.

2 Celery Stalks
3 Romaine Hearts
1/2 Lemon
1 Large Apple

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Foods to Balance Blood Sugar

Balanced blood sugar levels are crucial to a healthy and prosperous life. Balanced blood sugar levels prevent disruption of your body’s functions and help your overall health. Here are a few foods to add to your diet to help balance your blood sugar:

1.    Greens:

You can never eat too many greens. For the best blood sugar benefits, go for nutrient-dense, low-carb greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli. These greens are also very rich in protein and calcium, which help your body in multiple areas. You can toss these greens in salads with olive oil and chunks of salmon. Studies have shown that these three vegetables contribute to dramatic improvement in patients who are constantly battling with their blood sugar.

2.    Low fructose fruits:

Fruit is always a must, but for blood sugar-specific management, choose fruits that are low fructose, such as cantaloupe, raspberries, blueberries, kiwi, and blackberries. You can snack on them throughout the day, or toss them in your salad, smoothies, or acai bowls.

3.    Protein:

Protein is essential for slowing down glucose absorption in your body, which helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Add foods to your diet that are packed with protein, like wild salmon and other types of fish, beef and other types of lean meat, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and eggs. Make your diet interesting; try snack ideas like celery sticks dipped in all-natural peanut butter. This snack is rich in protein and only contains the good kind of fat. Remember everything in moderation, however. Too much protein actually can become sugar in your blood, creating a condition called gluconeogenesis; 40 to 70 grams of protein is enough for a day.

4.    Herbs and Spices:

Herbs and spices are natural supplements for balancing your blood sugar levels. They not only add flavor to your dishes but they may also help your hormone’s lower your blood sugar. Some spices, like turmeric, contain anti-inflammatory properties, which help in balancing out your sugar.

5.    Low-calorie drinks:

Cut out sugary, high-calorie drinks from your diet. Add drinks like cinnamon tea, lemon water, and cucumber juice in your daily routine.

6.    Whole grain foods:

Whole grain foods that are also rich in protein, like millet and quinoa, provide and store energy without causing spikes in your blood sugar levels.

7.    Beans:

Beans are a good source of protein, low carb, and rich in fiber, all important factors in balancing your blood sugar. Hummus, lentils and garbanzo beans are good examples and great dietary choices. Remember to soak them the night before to promote easier digestion.

8.    Nuts:

Nuts like almonds and walnuts contain healthy amounts of fiber, protein, and healthy fats, and are a low carb snack idea.

Try balancing your blood sugar the natural way by changing the way you eat. You’ll be amazed at the difference!

 

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Yours in health and wellness,

Sharon Johnson

How to Create a Well-Balanced Green Juice

It’s exciting to be able to come up with your own recipes, including those used for juicing. There’s a charm and satisfaction in knowing that you can innovate and create your own blends of flavors and make dishes that can provide a measure of medicinal benefits. Before you can do this though, there is probably a small amount of study that you need to do so that you can know what sorts of fruits and vegetables produce specific kinds of flavors and properties the drink will take on when blended together. If you continue reading the next few paragraphs, you’ll learn how to create a well-balanced green juice.

Support Your Metabolism
One of the major benchmarks of a good green juice will be that it has the ability to support your metabolic functions. Fruit like strawberries and apricots are great for stimulating the metabolism. When your metabolism is being kicked into gear, these fruits are also delivering healthy amounts of vitamins to your body. Strawberries are also high in antioxidants that help to fight unhealthy types of fat formations, and protect against oxidative stressed that come from around you in your environment.

Stabilize Your Blood Sugar
Another important part of eating food is knowing how it can affect your blood sugar. Vegetables that help you to be able to regulate your blood sugar help protect the body from damage that results from blood sugar spikes. During these spikes, the body isn’t operating at an efficient level and can burn out some cells. Fruit like cherries or vegetables like kale, chard, and spinach can be a major line of defense in keeping you from blood sugar spikes.

Gain Energy for An Active Day
Everyone knows that eating good food should make you feel energized and ready for the day. Selecting the best fruits and vegetables for that can simply be left to your tastes on each day, as long as you remember that you shouldn’t eat the same vegetables every day due to the possibility of a natural toxin build up.

Stimulates Removal of Wastes
One of the last things that should be on every health list of how food affects you should include a section on whether or not the food encourages proper elimination. The excretion of waste matter is a major part of having a clan, healthy body. This means high fiber fruits and vegetables that contain heavy concentrations of soluble fibers like pectin that can help the body get rid of cholesterol and minute amounts natural poisons.

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How to Prep for a Week’s Worth of Juice

Food prep can be one of the most time-consuming tasks of any person’s week. Every time you want to cook something, you have to go into the kitchen, get things out of the refrigerator, prep the food, cook the food, and if there are leftovers, store the food. If you have to do that entire process every day, chances are that you -will burn out and get something else. The same can be said for juice prep with all the moving parts on appliances. That’s why this article will be showing you how to prep for a week’s worth of juice.

Pre-Packed Fruit and Veggie Selections
If you know what sorts of things love to out into your juicer, it should be easy to make some selections based on your needs. The only thing you have to do to make this happen is to get your fruits and vegetables laid out in front of you. Pull out some Ziploc bags and place your group in each bag. This way, you’ll have an easy time making a selection, and the other added benefit is that you’ll be able to make sure that you aren’t eating anything too many fruits or vegetables with natural toxins too many days in a row. You’ll now be confident that you’ll get a well-rounded amount of combinations.

The Mason Jar Approach
If you’re the kind of person who loves to use mason jars, this could be a really fun way to store your drinks for the week. Just go pick up 7 – 10 mason jars from a store nearby, and you can pack each of them with stuff you’ll be looking for. One big advantage of this over the bags is that you can dump the mixture into your juicer, and then dump the juice back into the mason jar and put a lid on it so you can take a liquid meal with you on the go.

Invest in a Juicer That Comes with Storage
There are some higher-end models of juicer that come with their own storage. Much like the mason jar approach, you can pack your preselected fruits and veggies into these containers that can be closed and opened when it’s time to load the juicer. You would then attach the empty container for dispensing juice into it for easy transport with you through the day!

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How to Make a Detox Green Juice

While it is true that detoxification of the body is handled by the liver, it is somewhat misleading to say that nothing can help you detox your body. There are a wide array of fruits and vegetables that facilitate cleansing action and secretions in the liver and pancreas, and consuming these vegetables can help stimulate this action when it’s needed. The important thing is knowing what things you can eat to accomplish this, and how you can turn these vegetables into a drink that you can have on the go. Keep reading if you want to know how to make a detoxing green juice.

Fresh Juice
One thing that is very important to consider, is that you will want to make these drinks fresh each time you want to drink them. The reason for this is that any exposure to the air will destroy a large portion of the vital nutrients that you are trying to get from the juice, so it would be a good idea to only make what you are planning to use very soon during that day. That will keep you from wasting ingredients that you can use later in the week. The only way you can save some of the nutrients would be to keep it in a very dark glass container in the refrigerator, but there will still be some loses, so it might not be worth it.

Important Functions
Sometimes the body needs an extra jolt to get things going. This can be especially true of parts of the body like the liver. The best way to do this is to eat foods that get your liver producing the fluids that flush the toxins out of the liver from the blood and foods you have ingested and deposit them into the intestines to be removed from the body. One vegetable that is great for this kind of action is celery, so this article will be discussing a simple recipe using celery.

Making the Juice
To make this kind of juice, it will be important for you to already own some kind of juicer. There are a lot of different options available today that can be found online. In your local area, you can try looking at street fairs that resell those kinds of appliances.

Once you have your juicer ready, you can simply add a cup of pineapple, half a lemon, a carrot, 2 celery stalks, and a small thumbnail sized piece of ginger.

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Ingredients for an Anti-Inflammatory Green Juice

As you study the human body, one of the most interesting parts of healing is the process of inflammation. This can occur when your body has experienced some kind of trauma, like a deep cut or even an allergic reaction. Inflammation serves its purpose to keep your tissues protected and to signal that there has been damage, but it can also be a sign of the presence of toxins or an imbalance of some kind. Fortunately, there are a wide array of fruits and vegetables that you can add to your green juice for anti-inflammatory effects.

Spinach
This leafy green vegetable has been so unpopular with kids in the past that they created a cartoon character to help sell them on its healthy attributes. Spinach is a wonderful source of iron and other minerals, but one of its most important uses is to bring down inflammation. If you add a handful of spinach to your green juice recipe, you’ll have a greener, more powerful drink that can help you bring down any sort of sudden swelling that you might experience.

Blueberries
Blueberries are some of the most excellent sources of antioxidants that you can buy. They’re high in vitamins, and add a wonderful flavor to just about anywhere you choose to include them. Blueberries are very sweet and can be frozen for long-term storage. This will save you money down the road because blueberries are normally expensive when you purchase them from grocery chains. Buying them in larger quantities and freezing them fresh makes sure you know where they came from and that you’ll have them available for your next drink.

Cherries
These red berries are extremely tart and hide an excellent amount of necessary nutrient needed for joint health. Cherries are associated with the ability to reduce swelling for people who suffer from some types of arthritis. Cherries can be an excellent treat for older parents and grandparents who benefit from reducing inflammation.

Celery
Celery is a strong flavored stalky vegetable that is used as a flavor additive in many sauces and as a garnish on some dishes. It’s heavily basic and can help settle the stomach and calm inflammation. Celery has a multitude of benefits that you can avail yourself of if you decided to make it a part of your juicing routine.

Papaya
Papaya is a base fruit that grows in tropical regions naturally. People in those areas used the fruit to treat stomach issues and calm upset stomachs to improve digestion. It’s also been known that it can reduce inflammation, and it has a very sweet, calming flavor. Don’t miss a chance to try this fruit in your favorite green juice recipe.

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Making Your Green Juice in a Blender

Have you ever owned a juicing machine of any kind? When juicers first came on the scene, many of them were super expensive and clunky with all sorts of parts and inconvenience means of cleaning them. Tons of people lost parts or stopped using their juicers because of the cleaning regimen altogether, so many companies have worked to revolutionize the designs, but what if you don’t own a juicer at all? It turns out that with a small amount of effort, you can juice without a juicer at home. This article will be sharing a method to show you how to make your green juice in a blender.

Assemble the Cast
The first thing you need to do is get all the fruits and vegetables that you think you’ll need. Be sure to select a few for an excellent base. If this is your first time trying this, it might be a great idea to go with a recipe, so you know how it will come out. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, you could end up making the juice a little hard to swallow. Start with something easy with few ingredients. Try using a cucumber, and half a lemon for the base. Once you choose your main vegetables like carrots and sweetener such as an apple or grapes, you can blend them separately, but it will probably be a lot faster if you blend them all together. When it’s done it’ll be a pulpy mixture. This could be a good time to chill the future drink, as prolonged exposure to light can destroy a lot of the precious nutrients in the juice.

Grab A Bag
If you look online, a kitchen supply chain, or even some hardware stores, you can find interesting and useful little bags called jelly strainer bags. These allow you to separate the pulp from the delicious juice. Put the bag into a big container and pour the mixture into the bag. Allow the juice to pass through and as the dripping juice slows begin to twist the bag so that it squeezes out all the juice, and leaves the fiber from the plant behind. These bags are also called nut mylk bags and sprouting bag.

Waste Not
If you are especially inventive, not only will you have a wonderful juice to drink, but you will also have a lot of fibrous material left behind. Some enterprising people have saved this fiber to make healthy breads!

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Tips for Creating Your Own Green Juice Recipes

Have you had a chance to try making a green juice yet? If you are well versed in searching on the internet, you will easily be able to find a staggering number of recipes that you can use to make some ultra-healthy drinks, but if you’re more the kind of person who wants to come up with their own drinks, then there are a few things that you’ll want to know before you get started on this journey. As you follow along with the next few paragraphs, you’ll be leaning a few tips for creating your own green juice recipes.

A Few Details
At first glance, it probably seems like a pretty easy task to pick out some food to juice, but things are not always as simple as they seem. Most foods can be bad for you when eaten in overtly large quantities, and this can be especially true of juicing because of the concentrated nature of the juicing process. If you plan to juice every day, it will be important for you to observe the rule that you use different vegetables each day to prevent yourself from getting a buildup of toxins contained in the plant material. This balance will not only protect you from any accidental harm but will also keep things interesting so you can continue your juicing.

Selecting Your Vegetable Base
To produce a good base for your juicing, pick a vegetable with a high moisture content. Cucumbers, celery, tomatoes, apples and other juicy fruits and vegetables will make an excellent base when you juice them, and you can make various blends of them. Just be sure to balance out the acidic ones with more basic varieties. That can help protect you from reactions to the pure juice. One very easy rule to follow would be to juice things that you can see yourself eating in meals

Your Main Vegetable and Optional Ingredients
Picking the main vegetable for your juice will likely depend on the effect that you’re trying to achieve. Many of the main vegetables you use will have certain attributes that are more desirable at specific times, especially with a view to medicinal remedies. Bitter gourds are associated with lowering blood sugar, and would be a suitable choice in the case of a person suffering from a blood sugar issue, but not be a great choice for someone who isn’t in need of that type of modification, so knowing what attribute each vegetable provides will help you to make a choice.

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