When we asked James and Laurentine to be Guests this month we knew they’d be perfect partners for so many reasons: their stellar reputation for promoting natural health, their heart-felt, inspiring documentaries, and their mutual love of green juice (their fave is Greens 1.5)! We knew these two were folks our readers could embrace. ‘Food Matters’ and ‘Hungry For Change’ have inspired countless individuals to begin their journey toward health and the book accompanying their new documentary is like a primer for those of us seeking health in a natural way.
In all this talk of natural health, James and Laurentine are no stranger to the benefits of green juice. And whether you’re new to the topic or a seasoned green juice pro, they’re offering insights and recipes that will encourage us all to keep it green! Here, this healthiest of duos’ plus their trusted Hungry For Change nutritionist, Jason Vale, share their top reasons to get inspired to go green…
Power-pound those nutrients: Juicing allows us to take in a large serving of vegetables and fruits at one time and can be the key to giving you a radiant, energetic life and truly optimal health. Dr Mercola typically buys up to 20 pounds of raw vegetables per week and juices a few pounds per day. Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable juice.
Absorb to the max: Juicing is an easy way to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients in an optimal way. Juices go straight to your blood stream which in turn carries all the nutrients to where they are needed the most by the body without further delay as in digestion.
Taste the rainbow: Juicing can help you add a wider variety of vegetables in your diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This goes against the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.
get clean through green: Juicing is also an incredibly effective way to cleanse the body, especially green juices! Green juices contain high levels of chlorophyll a powerful phytonutrient which attaches to toxins and heavy metals and helps remove them from your body. It also increases your blood’s oxygen-carrying capacity by stimulating red blood cell production.
Easy access: Believing in the power of green juice is one thing. Making it happen on a Monday morning is another thing altogether! Here are two of the easiest recipes ever to make green juice – blender, juicer or no, – that will replenish and cleanse and still get you to work on time!
Sweet Alkalizing Green Juice
Why drink it:
This juice includes a potent blend of easily digestible alkaline minerals, such as potassium. Alkalizing your blood keeps bad bacteria, yeast, and fungi in check, which helps keep cravings at bay.
2 to 3 celery stalks, leaves removed
1 small cucumber
2 kale leaves
Handful of fresh parsley
1 small lemon or lime, peeled
1 pear or apple
Juice all of the ingredients and sip slowly. For an extra health kick, stir in barley grass, wheatgrass or spirulina powder.
Drink one large glass, but feel free to have a second. If you don’t have a juicer, try blending it up with some water.
Quick Green Power Juice
Why drink it:
This option is for those without a juicer or who have limited time! It is a highly alkalizing green drink, which helps to detoxify the blood. It may taste a little strange at first, but the more you drink it, the more you’ll get used to the flavor.
1 12-ounce glass spring or filtered water
1 tablespoon barley grass or wheatgrass powder
1 teaspoon spirulina powder
Stir all of the ingredients together vigorously, then serve. Simple as can be!
Hungry For Change Gift Set
Why drink it:
If you’ve been meaning to watch ‘Hungry For Change’, but haven’t been able to get around to it, make a night of it!
8 of our most popular Greens juices…
…and the Hungry For Change DVD!
Order your gift set, set a date, and invite a friend or family member over for a night to revolutionize your health!
I have been joyfully juicing for 25 years. Give it a wholehearted try! Not only will you feel good, you will be amazed at what you see in the mirror! For those of you are just considering juicing I encourage you, for those of you who are already doing it, I applaud you! Blessings!
Love the testimonial, Jackie – thank you for sharing your experience!