Grapefruit Spinach Alkaline Green Juice


January 24, 2013

This alkaline green juice with apple, cucumber, grapefruit, celery, spinach, and ginger is cleansing, restorative, and delicious.

Grapefruit Spinach Alkaline Green Juice

This alkaline green juice with apple, cucumber, grapefruit, celery, spinach, and ginger from The Alkaline Sisters is cleansing, restorative, and delicious.

The Health Benefits of Apple Juice

Apple juice has extraordinary nutrition and cleansing powers. 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.

The high pectin content in this fabulous fruit makes it a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs for detox. Apple is a cooling food, and so I 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 will work with any apple you have on hand. I 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.

The Health Benefits of Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit was just meant to go into the juicer with fennel for our culinary pleasure.

Grapefruit juice is rich in vitamin A, beta-carotene and lycopene (both especially abundant in red varieties). As you pucker up, bear in mind that you’re helping regulate your heart rate and blood pressure, boost your immune system, and keep your skin’s healthy glow. An excellent source of antioxidant vitamin C, of course, along with potassium electrolyte, grapefruit provides moderate levels of B-complex vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, copper, and phosphorus. If you’re taking prescription medications, though, you want to consult your doctor before eating grapefruit, as it interacts adversely with a variety of drugs.

Though grapefruit like other citrus fruits comes into season in early winter, it’s cooling. I use it in any season for its detox power, nutrients, and low sugar content. Ginger, fennel, and cayenne are all good options to right the thermal balance.

Before juicing, peel or cut the rind off your grapefruit, but leave the white pithy part, where a lot of those powerful nutrients reside. Grapefruit’s tangy juice goes great solo, or mixed with a variety of flavors—particularly beet, lime, fennel, and greens.

I sweeten up the tartness of the grapefruit with apple in this juice.

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 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 Celery Juice

Alkalizing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and loaded with nutrients: essential amino acids, tryptophan, vitamins A, B complex, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine and copper, celery is also effective against respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma, and helps lower blood pressure. The organic sodium and potassium in celery make this juice a great post-workout refresher that helps replace electrolytes. It’s also a natural laxative and diuretic, supporting bowel and kidney health. Celery is a cooling vegetable, and we work it into our juices to take advantage of the rich mineral content and natural calming and sedative properties. We like it just as much, though, for its great flavor.

The natural salts are more abundant in the leaves, so when juicing celery, push the entire stalk (leaves and all) through the machine. That will yield a tangier, more savory juice. Celery makes a nice addition to almost any mix, especially juices made with leafy greens and other vegetables. As it sits, celery juice tends to get more assertive flavor-wise, so it’s best enjoyed right after it’s made. If you’re not using immediately, chill it, sealed up, but for no more than a few hours.

The Health Benefits of Ginger Juice

Ginger is a brilliant health-promoting juice booster gives beautiful back-end kick to blends of all kinds. In one serving of juice, as little as a half-inch slice of washed, unpeeled root packs a powerful punch.

I rely on ginger as a warming agent for juicing, to counteract the cooling effects of fruits and vegetables, and to promote healthy sweating, beneficial to the cleansing process and fantastic for battling colds and flu.

This sensational herb-and-spice is an overall anti-inflammatory agent that stimulates the lymphatic system, provides cardiovascular and respiratory support, aids digestion and tones the intestinal tract, and relieves gas, bloating, nausea and gastrointestinal distress. It helps make blood platelets less sticky, and reduces risk factors for atherosclerosis. Ginger’s powerful antioxidants and anti-tumor agents can also protect against free radicals.

There’s no need to peel ginger before juicing. Much of the nutrients are in the skin or just beneath. Scrub the root, lop off a piece, and juice away. In our experience, people either love ginger in a juice, or hate it. Starting slow’s a good way to go if you’re unsure which camp you’re in.

About The Alkaline Sisters

After being diagnosed with a debilitating herniated disk, and trying almost every physical therapy known, Julie Cove decided to heal “from the outside in” with a healthy, alkaline, plant-based diet. She enlisted the support of her sister, Yvonne, who had struggled with weight issues and yo-yo dieting her entire life, and The Alkaline Sisters were born.

What began with a simple juice cleanse, turned into a life changing journey of personal discovery and a profound change in awareness for these two alkaline sisters. Their personal stories of transformation are inspiring. Both of them lost weight, (Julie lost 30 pounds and Yvonne lost 50 pounds) and discovered a new relationship with food that led to restoration, optimum health, and vitality.

Julie is now on a mission to inspire others to alkalize and energize! On their blog, they share alkaline principles, ideas, recipes, products, courses and resources.

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Grapefruit Spinach Alkaline Green Juice

This alkaline green juice with apple, cucumber, grapefruit, celery, spinach, and ginger is cleansing, restorative, and delicious.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1/2 red ruby grapefruit
  • 4 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger root, plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Push the ingredients through your juicer, and strain with a fine mesh sieve. 

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Alkaline Sisters
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak
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