If you knew me ten years ago, you could equate me to a veritable garbage disposal. I would eat loads of fast food, microwaved meals, junk, sweets, processed carbs, and drink like a champ. I was also newly diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease, suffered from severe allergies, asthma, acne, and anxiety. I didn’t give what I ate a second thought. My training didn’t teach me about nutrition. Plus my doctors never once mentioned food as medicine for my very diet related gut disease. Then I met a sweet girl with the same autoimmune disease who shared her experience with an anti-inflammatory lifestyle and how she self-healed and controlled her symptoms through nutrition and other changes.
Around the same time, I discovered farmers markets and began expanding my very junk-food heavy palate. I remember buying a bunch of vegetables at the market and had no clue what to do with them. Most of the time they would rot away in my crisper. But then I found Goop and recipes that would incorporate the vegetables I would buy. I also discovered unfiltered, unsweetened apple juice and began to use my blender to make smoothies with all those good, whole foods I would purchase. This took over my life in the morning and became my go-to green juice to kickstart my day. It was easy, fast, inexpensive, powerful and energizing and a really simple way to integrate a bunch of vegetables at the beginning of my day. This juice became my go-to green and though it has changed over the years, the basis is still the same.
Go-To Green Smoothie/Juice
If the vegetables used are organic, I keep the peel on, if not, then I wash well and peel them. More peel= more fiber= better for you.
1 cup of unfiltered, unsweetened apple juice
1/2 cup cucumber
two sprigs of parsley
1 rib of celery
handful of spinach, kale, chard or whatever green your heart desires
1 inch of ginger
add ice for smoother consistency
Now I will add a 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil, a handful of chia or flax seeds, or a couple pinches of turmeric.
I’ll usually cook an egg with spinach, garlic, and onions and top it with my pickled carrot mix and breakfast is done! It’s fast, healthy and will keep you feeling good and energized right into lunch.