I think everyone has their version of this drink. It’s a great way to get in your greens for the day without woofing down a salad. But not all green drinks are created equal.
If you own a juicer, you will have noticed all that gobbeldy gunk that gets extracted as you make the juice, known as the pulp. You might also notice how many gosh darn fruits and veggies it takes to make one ounce of juice.
That is because when you juice something, you are taking out the fiber. And fiber is an important, and ESSENTIAL part of every diet. It helps ya poo. It helps ya feel feel full- and without it, ya gut goes: “Hay, whaddabout me?”
You see, the lil’ microbes in your gut actually eat the fiber you eat. This keeps them happy and doing all the things they need to do. Without it, they get pretty sad and tired, and tend to back you up and make you bloated. Not to mention that there are a ton of nutrients bound to that fiber that you are loosing when making a juice. Juice has no fiber.
Of course juicing can be a delicious and healthy habit, but don’t equate drinking a green juice with eating a whole bunch of kale. Its not the same thing. A better option is to throw all the things in a blender. They’ll be chunkier, but your gut will thank you.
A Green Drink
(this is a great one to start with, but I would encourage you to create your own!)
1/3 cup frozen mango
1/3 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup of greens like kale, swiss chard, or spinach
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon
1 cup of coconut water (plain water works too)
1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
1 tsp matcha green tea powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until all the greens and fruit have pureed to a juice consistency. Pour in a glass and enjoy.