My diet is mainly macrobiotic, meaning that I eat lots of cooked seasonal vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. Back when I initially experimented with various vegan ways of preparing and eating food, I did try going raw because it seemed like a potentially healthier lifestyle. However, this phase did not last very long, because I found that especially when the weather gets cold here in New York City, I need warming, grounding foods to feel balanced and satiated.
That said, I do think that there is value in incorporating raw foods into one’s lifestyle, because it raises our pH level and enables us to more easily extract certain nutrients that are best preserved in raw form. I try to have a glass or bottle of green juice at least three times a week, and feel much more energized and alive when I drink it. Some benefits of green juice are:
- Alkalizing and raising the pH level of your body, allowing it to function at its optimum level
- Flooding your body with chlorophyll and phytonutrients, thereby providing an enormous energy boost
- Increasing the flow of oxygen to your blood, which enhances overall vitality
- Filling you up, so you eat less throughout the day
Given all its amazing health benefits, it goes without saying that green juice is an excellent weight-loss aid. For anyone trying to lose a few lb’s, adding green juice into your diet daily would be one of the first things I’d recommend, along with cutting out processed foods, sugar, and dairy.
This happens to be my favorite green juice recipe, and everyone who has sampled it has remarked how fresh and tart it tastes. It makes about 2 tall glasses, so you can either have it all to yourself, or share it with 1 or 2 other people.
Cucumber – Hydrating and contains the skin-boosting minerals magnesium, silicon, and potassium
Kale – High in iron, calcium, sulfur, vitamins A, C & K, and antioxidants
Granny smith apple – Rich in vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants; stimulates saliva production which enhances nutrient absorption. Granny smith apples are a great way to add a tart, slightly sweet taste to your green juice and smoothies and they’re lower on the glycemic index than most fruits
Lemon and lime – Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, aid digestion and detoxification
Together, cucumber, kale, granny smith apples, lemons, and limes hydrate, nourish, and oxygenize the cells of your body.
6 kale Leaves
3/4 to 1 granny smith apple (I use 3/4, but you will probably want it to be a little sweeter so maybe start with using 1)
1 lemon (include the rind)
1 lime (include the rind)
The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing by Mimi Kirk