You know by now that you’ve gotta eat those greens. Dark leafies are the single healthiest group of foods out there. Loaded with nutrients, they are major health powerhouses, and the best part is, you can eat them as much as you want! If you’re not doing so already, make greens a big priority in your eating — shooting for a full serving at least twice a day. Salads, cooked greens, greens in your eggs, greens tossed into soup, and as a side for pretty much anything you’re eating — they are super easy to make into a daily habit.
Green smoothies and green juices are some of the best and easiest ways to get a whole load of greens, with the least amount of time and effort. Check out my favorite, nutrient packed recipes below, each targeted toward a specific health concern (but they’re great even if you don’t have that particular issue). So get your green on, and make green juices and smoothies a part of your day!
Green Juices (best for between meal pick-me-ups, or detox dinners)
Detoxifying Green JuiceThis green juice is great after a night of partying, or some not-so-great food choices. It’s also super energizing and mood-boosting. Pretty much the workhorse of the green juice world.
5 large leaves organic kale
2 organic apples, washed, peels on
1 cucumber, washed, peel on
1 organic lemon, peeled
Anti-Inflammatory Green JuiceGreat for pain, inflammation, arthritis, and immunity, the addition of ginger and parsley really take this green juice up a notch!
3 large leaves organic kale
4 sprigs flat leaf parsley
2 organic apples (tart varieties like granny smith are best)
1 inch piece of ginger
1/2 an organic lemon, peeled
1/2 tsp raw honey (optional)
Juice all the ingredients, and mix the honey in at the end, if desired.
Liver Tonic Green JuiceGreat liver cleanse for skin, detox, and again, cleansing the body of alcohol and other toxins.
2 handfuls dandelion greens
3 organic carrots
1/2 organic lemon, peeled
Skin Clearing Green JuiceAwesome for clearing up skin and balancing hormones.
1 cup organic broccoli florets
2 large organic carrots
1 cup organic spinach
1 celery stalk
1/2 organic apple
Green Smoothies (meals, not snacks — breakfast or a detox dinner)
Mood-Boosting Green SmoothieOmega-3’s in kale and flax seeds, combined with the tryptophan in the banana, makes this one happy-making smoothie.
5 leaves organic kale
1/2 of a peeled, sliced cucumber
1/4 frozen mango
1/2 banana or 1 small banana
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
10-12 ounces of coconut water
Stress-Busting Green SmoothieAvocado is amazing for lowering blood pressure, which combined with calming fennel, and potent anxiety-quelling nutmeg, makes this one powerful stress relieving smoothie!
1 cup organic chard or spinach
8 leaves of fresh mint
1/2 an avocado
1/2 cup fresh, roughly chopped fennel
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/8 tsp nutmeg
Green Smoothie for DigestionChock full of digestive enzymes, fiber, and the cooling power of mint, this smoothie is amazing for improving digestion. Add some flax seeds if you’re a little backed up!
1 papaya (fresh or frozen), peeled and cut into chunks
1 bunch organic beet greens (just the greens!)
1 inch fresh ginger, finely chopped
Juice of 1/2 organic lemon
4 fresh mint leaves, plus 1-2 sprigs for garnish
Water, to taste
1/2 tsp raw honey (optional)