There are a lot of benefits you can get from adding green juices to your diet. Since we're a skin care company, we'll focus on the skin benefits, and there are many!
A lot of the skin problems can be related to what you're eating (and not eating). Adding more produce to your diet gives your body access to the vitamins and minerals it needs to work optimally. This reflects externally, on your skin.
Our body absorbs these nutrients more quickly when they're in liquid form (this is also why sugary drinks spike your blood sugar so significantly). So when you're drinking juices full of veggies and some fruit, you're giving your body a powerful dose of nutrients. If you normally skip breakfast or eat a low nutrient food like a bagel or pastry, swapping in a juice will make a huge difference for you.
If you add a green juice to your diet or replace one of your meals with one, you should see improvements in your skin.
It's also important to note that you don't need a juicer to make juice. The folks over at Minimalist Baker have a great post on how to juice without a juicer.
And if this seems like too much work, a green smoothie is also an excellent idea.
We're always looking for more green juice inspiration, and Kris Carr is who we usually turn to. Since she was diagnosed with cancer ten years ago, she has been eating a plant-based diet filled with lots of green smoothies and juices. So she has a lot of tricks up her sleeves when it comes to how to start drinking green juice and how to stay motivated by including lots of different yummy recipes.
We're really excited for her new book — Crazy Sexy Juice — to hit the shelves. It's full of green juice, smoothie, and nut milk recipes you can use to stay healthy and energized. She has tons of awesome tips for how to get started, and the way she writes sounds like your good-humored friend who happens to have a wealth of nutritional knowledge. The photos are also really beautiful, which we all know is almost as important as the recipes when you're buying a cookbook.
Kris agreed to give you a sneak peak of her new book here on our blog. We chose this recipe because we love incorporating herbs as much as we can—into our food and juices, as well as our skin care. This juice is a great way to give yourself a healthy dose of nourishment first thing in the morning, or in the afternoon when you need an energizing boost.
Kris Carr's Herbal Elixir Recipe
Makes 2 Servings:
- 1 large cucumber
- 2 ½ cups pineapple cubes
- ¼ cup basil, leaves and steams, tightly packed
- ¼ cup cilantro or parseley, leaves and steams, tightly packed
- ⅛ cup mint leaves, tightly packed
- 4 stalks kale
- Wash and prep
- Cucumber – Hydrates and contains silica, which is a great nutrient for hair, skin, and nail health.
- Pineapple – Contains enzymes that aid in digestion. And when your gut is happy, everything's happy.
- Basil – Contains unique flavanoids called orientin and vicenin, which protect against environmental stressors.
- Cilantro – Helps the body remove heavy metals from the body.
- Mint – Yummy!
- Kale – Full of nutrients like vitamin A, C, and K.