I’ve posted several juice recipes already and am always posting my latest beauty finds. Did you know that the two go hand in hand? I juice not only for the health benefits (and let’s face it, it’s so much easier to drink your veggies!) but for the beauty benefits as well: clear complexion, glowing skin, sparkling eyes, and strong hair.
All the ingredients in this Get Gorgeous Green Juice serve a purpose—they are all filled with nutrients, vitamins and a whole lot of goodness. This juice tastes fresh, earthy (that “green” taste from the kale), sweet and slightly minty from the parsley and is easy to drink. Below is a quick glimpse at some of the beauty benefits you’ll find in the fruits and veggies in this juice:
Kale: One of the most popular and trending super foods is kale, also known as the “queen of greens.” This leafy vegetable jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins (A, K & C), and omegas, all of which provide for clear, glowing skin, promote hair growth, and a myriad of other health benefits.
Spinach: Spinach is another leafy green that is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and beauty benefits. The lutein found in spinach will help keep eyes healthy, while the omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B, C & E, along with calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, all keep skin gorgeous.
Kiwi: Another delicious fruit aboard the super foods train is kiwi, which is a type of gooseberry. I recall when I was younger and my dad first shared a kiwi fruit with me– I was hooked! With antioxidants and vitamins, kiwis help to rejuvenate skin by fighting free radicals and keeping skin glowing and fresh. Kiwi also contains natural AHA’s (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) that help to rejuvenate skin and to clear acne—I didn’t know this! I could write an entire post on the benefits of kiwi alone, but I’d rather just send you to this article for more kiwi beauty benefits.
Parsley: Yes, those little green flecks (or bunches) used to garnish your food is actually REALLY good for you, especially for your skin. It can help diminish wrinkles, dark under eye circles, even acne! Parsley can also be good for hair, helping to get rid of dandruff, prevent lice (eww!), makes hair super soft and promotes hair growth.
Cucumber: We all know by now that cucumbers are great at reducing eye puffiness but they have other amazing beauty and health benefits as well. Much of the cucumbers nutrients are packed in the peel, which many of us peel away and discard. With juicing we can get these nutrients and vitamins, which mainly aid in digestion, promoting liver and kidney health (all which impact the way our skin looks), skin hydration, and complexion improvement.
Pear: Did you know that pears are full of anti-aging properties? Pears revive collagen, which helps keep skin smooth, and contain a high amount of Vitamin C that neutralizes free radicles, keeping skin wrinkle-free.
Pineapple: Pineapples contain a high amount of Vitamin C (seeing the trend here?), amino acids, and bromelain, which is an enzyme that softens skin and reduces inflammation, which is great for acne treatment. Pineapple juice also keeps skin firm by helping the body create collagen.
Apple: I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctors away”—apples are chock full of beauty and health benefits. Apples contain fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Green apples especially can help keep acne breakouts at bay and help to improve skin’s texture.
The lemon is mainly used as a preservative in this recipe, but lemon is actually great for brightening skin!
Okay, enough with the food lesson—let’s get gorgeous:
Get Gorgeous Green Juice
2-3 stalks Kale
Large handful of Spinach
½ Bunch Parsley
1 Apple (I use Granny Smith)
½ cup Pineapple chunks (fresh, not canned!)
1 cup Water, filtered (if needed)
Remove kale from stalks, peel kiwi, pineapple, and lemon (or just hand squeeze the juice from the lemon), remove core from apple and pear, and cut all fruit and cucumber into chunks to fit in juicer. Juice all in a juicer, adding up to a cup of filtered water if necessary– I add water in my juicer to help push the juice out. Even though I start with the kale and spinach, then follow with juicier fruits and veggies, these can often use the extra help. Plus, my juicer
Optional- blend with a banana. You can certainly use a blender to make a smoothie with this recipe as well 🙂
Drink up and enjoy those greens!