Juicing is a quick and easy way to get a lot of nutrients in little time. If done properly, juicing can be a nourishing source of enzymes, phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber that aid digestion, enhance detoxification, cleanse the liver, increase alkalinity, strengthen immunity, boost metabolism, assist weight loss, and support overall health.
With a quality protein powder added, raw vegetable-based juices are perfect to start your day, for a quick snack or after a tough workout. Packed with nutrient-dense plants, this basic veggie juice is the perfect template for everyone from paleo dieters to vegans.
Basic Vegetable Juice
2 cups or more of water, herbal tea or green tea
1 scoop of protein powder
1-2 tablespoons flax seeds
4-6 kale leaves
2-3 cups frozen spinach
2 carrots (optional)
1 green apple or 1 peeled frozen ripe banana, or 1 cup frozen blueberries/cherries
1/2 teaspoon or more ground cinnamon
2-4 scoops stevia
- Add ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Yields 1 large serving or 2 small servings.
*If using a juicer, be sure to enjoy your juice with the pulp.
5 Steps To Successful Juicing
- Include twice as many veggies as fruits.
- Add a scoop of protein powder to promote high satiation.
- Eat the fiber-rich pulp to stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Make it thick to improve nutrient absorption.
- Enjoy freshly made juice for optimal nutrients and flavor.
Ingredients to Include
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Non-starchy veg: spinach, kale, cucumber, greens, celery, watercress
Starchy veg: beets, carrots, sweet potato, butternut squash
Fruits: lemons, limes, grapefruit, pomegranate, berries, apple, kiwi, banana
Protein: raw eggs, whey protein powder, rice/pea/cranberry protein powder
Fat: avocado, coconut milk, shredded coconut, nuts, nut butter, nut milk
Extra fiber: flax seeds, chia seeds
Herbs & spices: ginger root, cinnamon, ginger, parsley, cilantro, etc.
Other: ice, water, herbal tea, green tea, stevia, supplements, maca, cacao