Glowing Skin Juice

Our skin is an outer reflection of our inner health. Great skin comes from the inside, out.

Raw fruits and vegetables are the perfect food for your skin. They contain all the vitamins and minerals that nature has provided. Get those nutrients inside, and you’ll be radiant on the outside.

This juice is the perfect recipe for that. Juices are the liquid extracted from fruits and vegetables, leaving the fiber behind. Fiber is crucial to overall health, but juice has a place in our healthy lifestyle as well. Think of it, when you juice, especially if you have more than 1 juice a day,  you are consuming several pounds of fresh raw foods. There is likely no way you could eat that much food because of the fiber and the energy it would take for your body to digest all that. With fresh juices, you are extracting all the nutrients and getting all the benefit of the vitamins and minerals without using extra energy for digestion.

So what is one of my favorite juices for healthy skin? Check it out below!

1 medium beetroot

2 carrots

1 orange

1 red apple

1/2 cucumber

2 sticks of celery

  1. Add all ingredients to a juicer and enjoy!

Super Smoothie

This is one of my favorites. With all the greens, you wouldn’t think it is very sweet, but it is!

Juicing is an easy way to get all your greens in daily. But with juicing, you take the fiber away. This is good in that you are putting those nutrients on a fast track to your blood stream so they can get to work right away. But everyone needs fiber to flush the system from the toxins. So this juice and smoothie combo is the best of both worlds. By taking the juice and blending it with avocado and banana you create a fiber-rich drink that is also smooth and creamy. Plus, thanks to the avocado, you are getting healthy fats, as well.

This juice is rich in potassium, vitamin C, and iron.

The nutrients in this smoothie have the power to cleanse the intestines, boost your immune system, reduce your blood pressure, and rebuild your red blood cells.

And I promise you that it tastes so good you’ll suck it down so fast you’ll wish you made more….so maybe make it a double! ūüėČ

First juice:

1/4 pineapple

2 celery stalk

1 inch cucumber (or zucchini)

1 cup spinach

1 cup dinosaur kale

1 whole swiss chard leaf (stem and all)

1 green apple

Then blend:

Juice (from above)

1/2 avocado

1/2 banana

1/2 cup pure aloe (I scoop mine right out of the aloe leaf)

  1. Juice pineapple, celery, cucumber, spinach, kale, chard, and apple.
  2. Put juice in a blender and blend it with avocado, aloe, and banana.

** Optional…occasionally when I am feeling rather hungry I’ll add a 1/2 cup of oatmeal and 3 tbsp of ground flax to the blender.

 

Orange Juice

The benefits of oranges are outstanding, so they really pack a punch. The vitamin C content is a huge boost to your immune system, they’re vital to collagen production so great for your skin, and the fiber content may help lower cholesterol. The vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and choline are good for your heart. Potassium is an electrolyte mineral which is vital for allowing electricity to flow through your body – hence it helps keep that ticker ticking! The high fiber can lower blood sugar levels and keep you full longer. And, because of the rich amount of vitamin A, oranges are good for your eyes.

This juice doesn’t stop at just oranges, though! How about some carrots? Being so rich in vitamin A, they are a boost to your eye health and can improve your skin health. The beta-carotene can slow down aging. The carotenoids are associated with lowering your risk of heart attacks.

But wait, there’s more! When I cut up pineapple I always save the core. When I make this juice, I am always sure to throw in a core for added sweetness and the benefits of the nutrients found in the core of the pineapple. There is a high concentration of bromelain found in the core which is shown to drastically reduce pain and inflammation. Pineapples are also high in vitamin C, too, by the way.

The oranges and pineapple give this orange juice it sweetness while the carrots cut the tang and add the deep orange color. But don’t worry if you don’t like carrots. You don’t taste them one bit. Unless of course, you add more, in case you DO love carrots! That’s the beauty of making juice. You can make it to fit YOUR tastes.

This is how I make mine.

1-2 servings

2 navel oranges

1-2 pineapple cores

3 medium carrots (if you are using cut baby carrots use 2 handfuls)

  1. Put it all down the chute of your juicer and juice away!

Sweet Beet Juice

I LOVE LOVE LOVE beet juice! This one is my FAVORITE juice.

Beets have been shown to lower blood pressure, boost stamina, fight inflammation, aid in detoxifying the blood, and are loaded with valuable nutrients and fiber. And don’t discard those beet greens! They are just as good as the beet! Throw it in your juicer with everything else. In addition to¬†containing protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, beet greens also supply significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

Beets are a root vegetable so they have a distinct flavor. My kids say, “beets taste like dirt!” That is true, in a sense. They have a very earthy taste. Which is probably why I love them so much! Is it possible for something that tastes “like dirt” to also be so sweet?? Beets sure do answer that question. YES!!

To counter the earthy flavor of the beets (and other root vegetables, like carrots!) I like to add an orange.

1 medium or half a large beet + beet greens

1 navel orange

2 medium carrots

  1. Juice all in a juicer and serve over ice.

 

Green Apple Juice

The easiest way for me to get my kids to eat their greens is for me to juice them so they can DRINK their greens instead. I wish I had kids who loved salad, but unfortunately I don’t. At least not yet! We’re working on that!

I like to make this juice mid- morning. You know, the time between breakfast and lunch when it’s far enough away from breakfast to start to feel¬†kinda hungry but it’s way too early to make lunch. It tastes exactly like apple juice, not “green” at all so they suck it down fast! It’s one of my favorite sweet green juices.

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of kale

2 golden delicious apples

!. Run all veggies and fruit through a juicer. Pour in a glass with ice and enjoy!

Green Juice

I love this green juice for after a good sweaty workout. It really quenches my thirst more than water does, all the while providing essential nutrients. You can’t beat that!

Cucumbers are super hydrating because of their high water content.

Celery is high in sodium and high in electrolytes which is great for workout recovery.

Apples are high in fiber and high in antioxidants.

Kale is a fantastic source of calcium, iron, copper, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and vitamins A and C Рlow calorie and nutrient dense!

Spinach is high in iron and even high in antioxidants. In 1 cup of spinach juice there is 3.5 grams of protein, which is great for muscle growth and maintenance.

In a juicer, juice:

1 golden delicious apple

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of kale

1 celery stalk

1 inch of cucumber

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

The benefits of coconut milk are pretty remarkable. That’s one thing I love about this smoothie. With the addition of coconut milk you get an awful lot of benefit for such a tasty treat! Coconut milk is pretty sweet, and seems like it should be bad for you, but it’s not! It only has 2 grams of sugar. Even better is what else it DOES have, including manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, and iron. So what does that mean for your body? It means it is great for your heart and can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, it is high in healthy fats so it can help your body build muscle and aid in losing weight (because of it’s fat content which leaves you with a better sense of feeling full), it provides electrolytes and prevents fatigue. Coconut milk also nourishes the digestive lining which aids in a healthy gut (think improved digestion and relieved constipation), the fat content in coconut milk also slows the rate at which sugars are released into the bloodstream (great for not getting those “sugar highs”). It is a good source of plant-based iron, can lower inflammation, and so much more!

That alone just makes me want a glass of coconut milk all by itself, but this smoothie also has banana, mango and pineapple. YUM! It tastes like you should be sitting on a beach on a tropical island somewhere. So whip up this smoothie, close your eyes and imagine yourself somewhere tropical!

1 cup frozen pineapple (you can use fresh pineapple but will then want to add ice to the blend)

1/2 cup diced mango

1 medium banana

coconut milk – enough to cover the fruit

  1. Blend until smooth.

Mixed Berry Smoothie

This one is my go-to favorite smoothie for breakfast. By far. I crave it and day-dream about it during my run every morning. It practically calls my name!

1 medium banana

1 cup mixed frozen berries

1/2 avocado

2 tbsp cashew or almond butter

1 scoop vegan chocolate protein powder

almond or cashew milk – enough to cover the contents already in there.

Blend for 30-45 seconds until there are no more lumps.

** Optional add-in would be spinach. You really don’t taste it and it is a great way to get in your greens in the morning if this is all you have time for before starting your day.