Green-Aid – The Best Green Juice Recipe


April 18, 2013

This is the best green juice recipe that tastes like lemonade. Spinach, romaine, apple, cucumber, lemon, and mint help cleanse the body, and aid digestion.

Green-Aid – The Best Green Juice Recipe

This is the best green juice recipe! This green juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse tastes like fresh lemonade. If you think you can’t enjoy green juice this blend of spinach, romaine, cucumber, apple, lemon, and mint may just change your mind.

Well, you might tell me differently. But, I think this is the best green juice I’ve had. Or, at least one of my favorites. There are so many delicious green juice recipes on the site that it’s hard to pick just one. But, this juice recipe is a winner. Spinach and romaine add cleansing chlorophyll, antioxidants, and minerals to regenerate the body. Apple and lemon help detox the liver and colon, and aid digestion.

The Health Benefits of Romaine Juice

This flavorful lettuce was believed by the ancient Greeks to induce sleep, so it came into their banquet halls at the end of the meal. The Romans carried on the custom, and it’s from them that the green derives its name. Romaine does more than aid sleep and alleviate pain. It offers compounds that prevent macular degeneration and osteoporosis, iron-deficiency anemia, and cardiovascular disease. The leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene, as well as vitamins K, B, C, and folate, xanthin and carotenes. Romaine reinforces all this with iron—and calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and copper. And with a nice crunch, too, come to think of it.

We use romaine as a natural sedative in evening juices. It is cooling, but as it’s inexpensive and available year-round, we include it in cleanses for every season. Juice the core from which the leaves grow, along with the leaves themselves, for a mellow, slightly bitter, fresh “green” flavor. Pair romaine with any fruits and vegetables; it’s especially nice with lemons and limes. Too much romaine can yield a bitter juice. A pinch of Celtic sea salt helps balance flavor.

The Health Benefits of Spinach Juice

Highly alkalizing, spinach contains nearly twice as much iron as any other green, and helps to build blood by helping red blood cells carry oxygen. It also helps strengthen all other cells, particularly those of the respiratory system and brain. Rich in chlorophyll and carotene, spinach can help reduce the development of abnormal cells and macular degeneration. Rounding things out, spinach also provides carotenoids, lutein, vitamins A, B complex, C, K, folic acid, iodine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, sodium and manganese, and many amino acids.

This popular and readily available mild leafy vegetable serves as a great introductory green for juicing. While spinach is cooling, we include it in every seasons cleanse since it’s a versatile ingredient that pairs well with all fruits and vegetables.

The Health Benefits of Cucumber Juice

This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.

We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Lemons provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in lemons have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.

While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.

The Health Benefits of Apple Juice

Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year ‘round. As an aid to cleansing, apples’ high pectin content provides a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs.

Apple is a cooling food, and we include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables. The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables; our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp. That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes work with any apple you have on hand.

We recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.

Other Green Juice Recipes For You

Morning Detox Green Juice
Immune-Boosting Green Juice
Allergies-Be-Gone Green Juice
Alkaline Low-Sugar Green Juice

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Green-Aid - The Best Green Juice Recipe

This is the best green juice recipe that tastes like lemonade. Spinach, romaine, apple, cucumber, lemon, and mint help cleanse the body, and aid digestion.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 16-ounce glasses
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 2 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 lemon,  rind removed
  • 30 leaves  mint
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Push everything through your juicer

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse.
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

Comments 4

    1. Absolutely. You can enjoy them as whole blended juices (you may have to tweak flavours slightly) or you can strain them with a fine mesh strainer or filtration bag for cleansing. Many of the people who participated in the juice fast used a Vitamix instead of a juicer. LOVE Vitamix!

    1. Yes, you can absolutely make the juices the day before for convenience. There will be some degradation of nutrients with oxygenation. But, it’s still fine. If storing for more than 24 hours, freeze them in mason jars (allowing for expansion of liquids when freezing) and then defrost and shake.

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