How to Get More Nutrition In Your Juice
After you’ve been juicing for a while, you may find yourself wondering, “What’s next?”
You’ve figured out that it really isn’t that hard to develop the juicing habit.
You’ve gotten over that weird resistance that keeps the juice gathering dust instead of being used, and you’re getting better and better and speeding up the whole process from washing your veggies to running them through the juicer to cleaning up your juicer and getting it ready for the next time you need it.
And you want more.
Well, I’m here to share with you how you can get more nutrition in a single glass of juice than most people get all day.
Now, “most people” are overweight and consume processed foods as the majority of their diet. So “most people” isn’t a particularly inspiring yardstick to use for comparison.
If you follow the basic recommendations I make below, though, you’ll quickly discover that your body feels stronger and full of energy.
Sound good? Let’s jump right in.
The Power of Supergreens
Most of the food most of us consume is fairly tame.
Your average garden vegetables, while fantastic, aren’t the best Nature can do.
Nature’s best comes in the form of what’s nowadays being called “superfoods,” “superherbs” and “supergreens.”
Let’s take a tour of some of the most powerful foods a human being can safely consume.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that contains one of the highest percentages of protein of any food (depending on the quality of your spirulina, it’ll contain anywhere from 50% all the way up to 70% protein). Additionally, spirulina contains all eight essential amino acids.
Additionally, spirulina contains an array of vitamins and other nutrients including DHA, vitamin A, vitamin B and the B complex vitamins (it is one of the highest vegetarian sources of the B vitamins), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, calcium, chromium, selenium, magnesium, iron, selenium, sodium, zinc, beta-carotene, etc. etc. etc.
You get the point: spirulina is a nutritional powerhouse.
Although it’s usual to only take a little spirulina (a tablespoon would be a large dose), when you add it into your juices, you’re increasing your nutritional intake across the board.
Chlorella is a green algae that contains the most chlorophyll of any plant.
Chlorophyll’s molecular structure is extremely close to the hemoglobin in our blood. Taking in more chlorophyll helps increase the quantity and quality of our red blood cells.
In addition to its massive chlorophyll content, chlorella is also high in protein, vitamin A, many of the B complex vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc.
The Supergreens + Green Juice Knock-Out Punch
So here’s how we’re going to maximize our intake of essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and protein: once we make up our standard favorite green juice recipe, and then we add in a teaspoon (or more) of spirulina and chlorella.
The first time you try this, you’ll notice that it’s hard to get the supergreens to dissolve into your juice. They will most likely clump up, stick to the sides of your glass and just generally resist assimilation into the juice.
That’s no problem: all you have to do is toss your juice in a blender and then scoop in your supergreens. Blend for five or six seconds and voila! SUPER Green Juice.
But Wait! That’s Not All!! You Can Take This Even Further!
What’s that, you say? You’re hungry for more?
Well, what if on top of our pure spirulina and chlorella, we added in one of the high quality green powders that is available on the market?
These powders are made from all sorts of additional supergreen ingredients (and they usually contain spirulina and/or chlorella as well).
Technically, you could just add one of these green powders in lieu of the concentrated spirulina and chlorella, but I like to really go for it and add a half- to whole teaspoon of all three.
The Ultimate SuperGreen Juice
So, if you’re raring at the bit to bring this supergreen nutrition into your life with your daily juice, here’s a great recipe to get you going.
Juice the following:
- Half a Head of Celery
- Half a Head of Romaine Lettuce
- A Handful of Parsley
- One Zucchini
- One Green Apple
- A Small Cube of Ginger
- One-Half to One Whole Lemon (white pith intact as much as possible)
Put all of your juice into your blender. Then, add:
- 1/2 to 1 tsp Spirulina Powder
- 1/2 to 1 tsp Chlorella Powder
- 1 tsp of either Vitamineral Green or Billy’s Infinity Greens
(Be sure to wait and add your green powders in on top of your juice. Otherwise, they will stick to the bottom of the blender container instead of blending in completely.)
Blend all ingredients briefly (less than 10 seconds pulsing gently).
Pour into your glass and enjoy!
But Where Do You Find These SuperGreens?
It’s easy to order these greens off of Amazon no matter where you live.
Here are my recommended brands for spirulina and chlorella as well as the Vitamineral Green from HealthForce and Billy’s Infinity Greens: