Today, I am sharing a delicious refreshing detox green juice from my friend, the gorgeous Juliana Sobral, a.k.a "Juiceliana." I first came in contact with Juliana when, in her role as the operations co-ordinator for Matthew Kenney Cuisine, she organized Matthew's contribution to the "Gluten Free Vegan Recipes With Breville" event.
Juliana was born in Brazil and raised in Encinitas California. She considers herself a naturalist, and is passionate about maximizing her ability to enjoy everything beautiful in life. This zest for life shines through! Juliana was so wonderful to work with, and after exchanging many funny emails, I was so excited to meet her when she hosted me for lunch at their new M.A.K.E restaurant in Santa Monica. Juliana is smart, humble, gracious, stunningly beautiful, and absolutely hilarious. We just had a blast.
When I learned of her alter-ego, I simply had to share a creation from Juiceliana. So, here is her delicious "bright green juice." Juliana says of this juice, "Enjoy the bright, bitter, crisp flavours of this for an extra jolt of detox first thing in the morning, for mid-day endurance, or end of the day recovery."
This blend is loaded with green goodness. Here's the breakdown:
Dandelion Greens are rich in Vitamins A, B C and D, as well as copper, phosphorous, calcium and magnesium. Dandelions are great for lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol; and are very beneficial for the health of internal organs. They are extremely alkalizing. Dandelions contain a substance similar to insulin, so they can be beneficial to diabetics. The best thing about dandelions, is that there are over three hundred varieties, and none of them are poisonous.
Kale is rich in phytochemicals that protect us from cancer and provides highly absorbable calcium due to the high ratio of calcium to phosphorous content. A cup of kale juice surpasses the calcium content of a glass of milk. It can lower the risk of colon, breast and lung cancer as well as fight osteoporosis, macular degeneration, support the cardiovascular and immune systems, and assist in energy production. It also contains high amounts of chlorophyll, provitamin A, in the form of carotenoids and beta-carotene, Vitamin C, E, B6, K, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and sodium. Kale has a much milder taste when juiced than eaten whole, and is extremely alkalizing.
Apple provides pectin, which contributes to healthy digestion, helps break down toxins, lowers cholesterol, and enhances bowel function. Apple also offers some sweetness in the juice. Granny Smith green apples have the lowest sugar content. Also offers many phytochemicals and enzymes, quercetin, Vitamin A (in the peel), Vitamin C, significant potassium, top source of soft fiber, making it one of the best natural intestinal cleansers. In one study, people who consumed an apple-rich diet had a 46% reduction in their risk of lung cancer. Colon cancer reduction risk has also been demonstrated.
Celery is beneficial for respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis and asthma, but also contains coumarin which helps lower blood pressure up to 14% in hypertension patients. It is also a natural laxative and diuretic. Kidneys are supported by celery juice and it can even increase libido! It also acts as an appetite suppressant, while having a calming effect that can even help insomnia. It contains valuable organic sodium, unlike table salt. It is rich in potassium, so it makes a great post-workout juice as it replaces electrolytes. It contains anti-cancer properties, essential amino acids, tryptophan, vitamin A, B-complex, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine and copper. Juice the leaves of this light tasting, slightly salty tasting juice which makes a nice addition to almost any juice combination, especially green juices.
Limes are similar in flavour and texture to lemons, are just as alkalizing, but are more fragrant than lemons, and not quite as tart. 1 tablespoon of fresh raw lime juice contains Vitamin C, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, trace amounts of iron, sodium, Vitamin A and some B complex Vitamins, selenium and zinc. Limes add a zesty, delicious quality to juices, and add a special zing to this blend.
Juliana, thankyou for sharing your wonderful bright green juice with us. I just adore you...