2 Super-Easy Green Juice Recipes to Boost Your Immunity

Disclosure | We were gifted a juicer from Hurom which we are using in this post, all opinions are our own. 

In a post around New Year's we had mentioned we were feeling a shift for 2018 here at Poppytalk, and today we're kicking off the beginning of it with a focus on healthy eating.  The post to how we got here is coming, but part of it involves focusing on a more holistic approach to what we're putting into our bodies, and since today is National Green Juice Day, we thought it was the perfect time to start!

Although I've picked up the odd green juice here and there, I didn't realize what we were actually missing until we started to make our own. Our friends at Hurom gifted us a new juicer over the holidays and I've been obsessed to say the least.  So after testing and adapting a few recipes these past couple of weeks, we have a couple that we think are definitely worth sharing for the taste and that are also great for boosting your immunity during this winter season.

From not only increasing anti-oxidant levels and providing powerful vitamins and minerals for a stronger immune system, drinking green juice is also super-easy on the digestive system (especially if you're dealing with gut issues), as it removes the fibres from the fruit and veggies, allowing more live nutrients to make it into your bloodstream.  Dr. Jockers

What I love about making our own juice is not only can we customize the recipes to what our body needs, but we can also control the ingredients (opting for fresh organic as much as possible), as well as consuming them as soon as possible before all of the nutrients oxidize and are lost.  We have two recipes to share today, both power-packed with immunity boosting nutrition, with an option to spice things up if you like your juices that way (like us)!

Apple Cucumber Juice
(Recipe adapted from Hurom)

This recipe is a really good juice if you're looking for a low sugar-style juice,  as we used green apples in our version which are more sour. And the cucumber, apple, lemon and celery are really good for those dealing with gut issues.

¾ cup of Cucumber
½ cup of Apple (we used green apple as it's low in sugar)
¼ cup of Lemon (we used 1/2 lemon)
¼ cup of Celery
(Optional) 1 to 2 (2-inch piece) fresh ginger

Cut off the ends of the cucumber, peel skin, and slice into appropriate sizes.
Remove the seeds from the apple, cut.
Prepare celery by washing thoroughly.
Wash lemon with baking soda, and prepare by cutting, with the peel intact.
Peel ginger
Put lever on "close." Alternate the order of ingredient insertion.
*Insert ingredients in order shown above.

Kale Spinach Juice
(Recipe adapted from Hurom)

This recipe is a little sweeter, but perfect for the little ones who need a blast of green in their diet. If you wish to lower the glycemic impact from the pineapple, add a half lemon.

1/4 of pineapple
A handful of kale
A handful of spinach
(Optional - 1/2 lemon)
1 to 2 (2 inch piece) ginger

Remove the skin and the core of the pineapple, and trim and prepare the kale and the spinach.
Close the lever and extract kale-spinach-pineapple in order.
When putting the last ingredients in, place the lever in half-opened position to release compressed pulp.

Jan Halvarson

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