BALANCING GREENS JUICE
Whenever I go away, which, this summer, has not been as often as I’d have hoped, I love using up all of the fresh produce in my house which would otherwise go off in my absence. I either make a salad or a mixture of quinoa, protein and vegetables to take with me whilst travelling, or I use everything up in a juice. This usually results in quite spontaneous and otherwise unusual combinations, but today a happy accident occurred. “What?”, you might wonder. Kohlrabi, green chard, cucumber, broccoli, lime, spirulina and acai juice - that’s what.
By referring to it as balanced, I mean this juice has a perfect balance of sweet and savoury flavours. Sometimes a green juice can be too pungent and earthy, but many people prefer to have them without fruit, so those that do contain fruit are usually too sweet. It is sometimes hard to find a happy medium. The kohlrabi in this recipe is where the extremely subtle sweetness comes from, and the cucumber balances out the strong, hearty flavour of the chard.
As well as its balancing flavours, the ingredients in this juice have balancing properties too. This combination is amazing for cleansing and detoxifying your body, has incredible benefits for glowing skin and will also elevate your energy levels, thanks to all the superfoods involved. Add ginger and turmeric to provide an instant boost to your immune system and to really cleanse the body. Turmeric also reduces inflammation, making it a great ingredient to incorporate into your morning routine. Acai berries are extremely high in antioxidants - even higher than blackberries and blueberries. This is what makes them great for your skin and is why acai is often used in natural beauty products. It is often referred to as the “Beauty Berry” because it contains so many compounds that make the body both look and feel better, from the inside out. Its combination of antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids slow premature aging and general wear and tear by boosting immune and metabolic function and removing destructive free radicals from the body. The combination of vitamins, minerals and omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids improves the appearance and texture of skin, hair and nails. This tiny berry also contains more grams of protein than an egg, so wake up with acai and you’ll be unstoppable! Kohlrabi is high in dietary fibre and is similar in taste to broccoli stems. It is refreshing, crispy and sweet and contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals, essential in ensuring healthy cellular functions and metabolism. It is high in vitamin c (higher than oranges) as well as antioxidants, supporting immunity, reducing inflammation and protecting the body against many diseases. The green chard and broccoli are the darker greens in this recipe and the greens that you can strongly taste. They are amazing at cleansing the body and are high in fibre, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. They also aid weight loss as they keep you feeling full and also control hunger. They are a good source of calcium which is great for people who don’t/can’t consume dairy products like milk, and they are high in beta-carotene which protects your skin and contributes to growth and repair of the body’s tissues. The benefits of green vegetables are literally endless. All ingredients in this juice are beneficial to your skin, hair, nails, digestion, metabolism and immunity - so, drink up!
1 Kohlrabi, chopped
1 1/2 Cucumbers, chopped
Small handful of Broccoli Stalks
3 Large Handfuls of Green or Rainbow Chard
1/2 Lemon or Lime Juice
1 Teaspoon Superfoods of choice (I used acai, spirulina and wheatgrass)
Gradually add each chopped fresh ingredient to your juicer, then chill the juice or blend it with a little ice. Transfer to a blender, add your superfoods of choice, and enjoy.