A blog is not a blog without a green juice or smoothie. And with good reason. It’s a perfect means to supply the body with all the essential minerals and vitamins it needs in a form that is readily digested and quickly assimilated and all in one bright, beautiful, and delicious drink. This is pretty amazing and therefore deserving of the adverts and pictures which we see at every turn.
I won’t get too caught up here in the terms juice versus smoothie (yes there is actually a difference in the nutrients you receive – both in my opinion as good as the other). But in a nutshell, if you blend up an apple and a cup of cabbage, your body digests an entire apple and a whole cup of cabbage. When you juice something, the fibrous portion of the fruit or vegetable is removed. And, what you’re left with are the micronutrients (and the sugars), in a liquid form. Before we go any further, I would like to point out that there are some juice combinations that are not so great for your health.
So I generally follow the below when preparing;
- Choose only one fruit per juice. Aim for a low sugar fruit if you can. You will see a lot of papaya, kiwi fruit, blueberries, grapefruit and pineapples in smoothie recipes for their low sugar content.
- Use vegetables as your base. I personally find bok choy and celery very palatable. Plus, have they have a high liquid content.
- After your base, include some dark leafy greens (cruciferous vegetables) such as cavolo, nero, kale, spinach, red and green cabbage and one of the most understated vegetables watercress.
- Remember that some fruit are classified as vegetables. Such as beetroots and tomatoes.
- Apples have a high starch content therefore mix well with all vegetables. Carrots generally combine well with all fruit (except grapes) because of their simple sugar content.
- Add some medicinal extras. Here you can add whatever you like depending on your needs. ginger and garlic (if you can handle the taste) are great here. I always have chia seeds, spirulina and chlorella to hand.
- Garnish when you can. Not just because it looks good but you can get in some sneaky extra nutrients. parsley, mint, coriander and cucumber are great for this.
- Finally, and always over looked make sure you are using filtered water!
So this is my version of the perfect little winter detox booster, ideally for breakfast but can be great as a little pick me up when you need one. Again switch out ingredients when you need to – I do suggest you keep the vegetable base here and I will explain why below.
So why the name. No I am not just throwing around some buzz words. This juice is packed full of Cruciferous vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables play a big role in phase 1 & 2 detoxification pathways in our bodies. Without getting too technical they make sure these pathways (for example glutathione pathway and methylation – one of my favorite topics!) are working properly and in the correct order (timing is important in detoxification) so we can eliminate toxins from our body. Teamed with all of the other nutrients we are on to a detox winner!
- 1/2 green apple
- 1 handful Spinach
- 2 stalks celery
- ½ cup water (filtered)
- ½ Lemon
- 1/3 avocado
- 2 inches’ fresh turmeric or ½ tsp ground turmeric
- parsley, mint, coriander
- cucumber for display (and snack on later!)
- Spoonful of chia seeds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds
- Simply place all in a blender or juicer and mix.
I really hope you enjoy this one.