Why do I call it happy juice? After drinking a green juice your body will start to flush toxins out almost automatically. Your head becomes clear and your cells are perfectly nourished. Because the body doesn’t have to work hard at separating the fiber and absorbing it (this takes a lot of energy), the nutrients “flood” into you and give you pure, happy energy. 🙂
Sometimes we also need a tonic to completely calm our digestive system. This is especially helpful if feeling a hangover, morning sickness, motion sickness, or general nausea and digestive upsets. Ginger is a wonder tonic, and because I’m prone to motion sickness (according to the Ayurveda system of healing I am mainly “vata” constitution) it makes it one of my favourite “foods”. I think I’ve built up my tolerance to it, because it is very strong especially raw.
Ginger boosts your immunity, it is also recognized as a potent anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-cancer agent, not to mention it is one of the most potent antioxidants and has been used in Eastern medicine for millenia.
It is best when taken raw, although it’s also common to make a tea with it simply by slicing the ginger into chunks and steeping it in hot water for 10 minutes or so.
- 3 inch chunk of fresh ginger
- Juice of one whole organic lemon
- 1 heaping tablespoon of raw honey
Blend the ingredients in a high speed blender, adding some pure water if your lemon isn’t juicy enough. Strain this mixture and the result is your tonic, which you can bottle and store in the fridge. Adjust the honey or lemon amount to your preference. Take it out as needed and dilute a shot glass amount in a glass of water. Spicy Goodness!!
Did I mention this is also good to warm cold feet that don’t get adequate circulation?
Green Juice Recipe
You can juice anything of course, but I find ceratin combinations taste best. Because you might not want a bitter drink, consider adding carrots, beets, apples grapes, or other fruits for sweetness (bananas should not be juiced).
- 1 cup (loosely packed) preferred greens (spinach, lettuce, kale, celery, beet and carrot tops, etc…)
- 1 apple
- 2 carrots
- 1/2 – 1 whole beet
- 1/2 ounce ginger tonic (optional)
Run the vegetables through your juicer and sip. If you have a Blendtec blender or Vitamix, you can blend everything with a bit of water on the “whole juice” cycle, then strain through a nut milk bag and drink.