On my quest to live a vegetarian or maybe even vegan lifestyle I have been reviewing a lot of things that I have been eating and where applicable I am looking for vegetarian replacements. Having a healthy lunch at work seems to be the most difficult situation for and so weekends are always a good time to try something new or to have a lunch option that I usually cannut do at work. Last year I got a NutriBullet for my birthday and if you are not familiar with it, the NutriBullet allows you to make juices or smoothies very easily. It literally takes just 2-3 minutes to have a veggie/fruit juice or smoothie prepared.
So, now with me going towards a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle the NutriBullet is my new best friend so to speak. Over the years I have used a regular juicer for healthy drinks and since December I have been using the NutriBullet exclusively for my juices and smoothies. I did have a collection of juice recipes, but I got quite some inspiration from the Plantpower Way cookbook. If you do not have it in your collection I highly recommend you buy it. Rich Roll and Julie Piatt provide not just recipes, but great tips and motivation to live a more healthy lifestyle.
I tried one of their recipes, but lacked some of the ingredients and so I started experimenting a little bit with what I had in house and the result is a powerful mix of fruit, veggies, Tumeric, Japapeno peppers. This juice is just loaded with vitamins and healthy nutrients and it comes with a little kick from the Jalapeno peppers. This recipe has easily become my favorite juice recipe and so I wanted to share it with you here. You do not necessarily need a NutriBullet to make this juice; I guess any good blender would do the trick in this case. I am also using the 24 oz. cup for my juices, but the recipe can easily be adjusted depending on how much you want to make.
Here are the ingredients I use for this Green Juice:
Taylor Farms Organic Superfood Power Greens (it’s a fresh mix of Chard, Kale, Spinach)
1 Cup of Blueberries
1 Slice of Jalapeno Pepper (thick slice)
I fill half of the 24 oz. cup with the Power Greens – don’t be shy. You can squeeze quit a bit in there. Then I add the Banana and the Blueberries. I cut a thick slice of a fresh Jalapeno pepper and add it as well. Then I add quite some Tumeric powder – probably a teaspoon. Last, but not least I fill the cup with filtered water and then let the NutriBullet do its job for about 45 seconds. My filtered water is fairly cold and so I am not adding any ice, but you can easily add some ice cubes as well if you prefer the drink more chilled.
This creates a fairly thick fruit/veggie juice that is almost as thick as a smoothie. Be careful with how much Jalapeno you use – especially if you are not used to it. I would probably start with a thin slice at first and then adjust as you go. This drink really gets me going. It is just loaded with nature’s goodness and I feel energized right of the bat with this drink.
Besides tasting great this drink is great for your overall health. Here are some of the health benefits it provides.
Tumeric: As an example Turmeric is used for treating illnesses like arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach-bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It is also known to fight headaches, colds, and might even have powers to fight cancer.
Blueberries: Some people say the Blueberry is the world’s most healthiest food. While I am not sure if that is true, Blueberries are definitely a great food to support your health. Blueberries are loaded with fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and folate. Blueberries have an incredible amount of anti-inflammatory properties, making them an exceptional food choice for runners (here, here – sign me up).
Bananas: Bananas are a great way to refuel. Runners need energy and a banana offers about 27 grams of carbohydrates. In addition it comes with a boatload of potassium, Manganese, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Folate, and Vitamin B6.
Kale: Kale, like many other leafy greens, is very high in antioxidants. The antioxidants in Kale help to fight free radicals in your body which is especially important if you exercise a lot. Of course it is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, potassium, and Magnesium.
Spinach: Spinach has an extremely high nutritional value and is rich in antioxidants. Spinach is important for the health of your skin and hair, bone health, and it provides protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.
Chard: Chard is simply a nutritional powerhouse. Chard is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C, as well as a good source of magnesium, potassium, iron, and dietary fiber.
There you have it – this drink is hard to beat when it comes to health benefits and this drink is proof that healthy food does taste really good. You can also prepare this drink in advance and take it to work. For me this drink is not a full replacement for lunch unless I add some protein to my lunch, but overall it fills me up for quite a while. Enjoy and let me know in the comments how you like this recipe for green juice.