START YOUR DAY WITH A GREENS DRINK PART 1

Starting your day with some greens ensures that you get a serious dose of the micronutrients you need to get lean and build muscle.

You get plant-based proteins, antioxidants, and a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, all for minimal calories.

I call juicing “the ultimate fast-food nutrition,” because you infuse dozens of nutrients into your cells within 15 minutes.

I start with a cucumber and celery base and then improvise from there. I’ll add things like kale, broccoli, spinach, parsley, and a little mint.

Experiment with a wide variety of combinations to keep it interesting, but be sure you get plenty of dark leafy greens in there.

Also take this as an opportunity to take in nutrient powerhouses like chia seeds, aloe vera, and chlorophyll.

These gelatinous fibers are extremely powerful for helping your body excrete toxins, and they’ve definitely earned their reputation as “superfoods.”

Green Drinks You Have To Try

Take one look at a photo of a celebrity and you’ll see something many of them have in common (other than foreheads that can withstand gale-force winds): a green drink in hand.

Green tea, green juice, green smoothies—if it’s green and liquid, someone trendy’s bound to be drinking it.

And even if you couldn’t possibly have less interest in being trendy, your health can benefit from these nutrition-packed concoctions.

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Matcha is the powdered leaves of green tea. It will give you a kick of energy—minus the overload on caffeine. With more antioxidants than regular green tea, this latte helps improve immunity function and reduce inflammation.

SERVINGS: 1

1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk

½ tsp matcha powder

  • HEAT almond milk in a saucepan to 165° (just under boiling).
  • PLACE matcha powder in a mug; pour about ¼ cup almond milk into the mug.
  • WHISK vigorously until frothy; add in remainder of almond milk.

NUTRITION (per serving): 45 cal, 1 g pro, 3 g carb, 1 g fiber, 1 g sugars, 3 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 180 mg sodium

 

Cilantro Fiesta Juice

Forget your typical calorie- and sugar-packed margarita—this sweet and tart drink is just as festive.

 

 

 

 

SERVINGS: 1

6 leaves romaine

¼ bunch cilantro

½ lime

1½ c pineapple

PUT all ingredients through a juicer, alternating between the pineapple and romaine to help move everything through smoothly.

NUTRITION (per serving): 100 cal, 3 g pro, 32 g carb, 1 g fiber, 19 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 19 mg sodium

 

Creamy Chocolate

Healthy fats from the avocado keep you full and stabilize blood sugar. Consider this smoothie your go-to “anti-crash” snack.

SERVINGS: 1

1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 handful kale

½ avocado

1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

¾ banana

PULSE ingredients in blender until desired thickness.

NUTRITION (per serving): 310 cal, 6 g pro, 37 g carb, 12 g fiber, 12 g sugars, 19 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 200 mg sodium

 

Green Detox Smoothie

The lime, apples, and spinach work together to boost the body’s natural ability to flush out toxins and reduce inflammation, while the antioxidants in kiwi and celery fight free radicals.

SERVINGS: 1

1 apple, diced

2 kiwi, peeled and diced

Juice from 1 lime

1 handful spinach

1 stalk celery

1 tsp honey

Ice

BLEND all ingredients together.

NUTRITION (per serving): 250 cal, 3 g pro, 63 g carb, 11 g fiber, 42 g sugars, 1.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 50 mg sodium

It’s a great weight loss nutrition meal.

 

Skin Tonic Juice

This sip helps give your skin that healthy, dewy look. The cucumber is hydrating and contains silica, a mineral known for its skin-toning benefits.

SERVINGS: 1

1 cucumber

½ lemon

1 c purslane (or another green, like spinach or kale)

½ mango

Handful of cilantro

PUT all ingredients through a juicer, alternating between harder foods (cucumber, mango) and leafy vegetables (purslane, cilantro).

NUTRITION (per serving): 105 cal, 4 g pro, 29 g carb, 0.5 g fiber, 20 g sugars, 1 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 30 mg sodium

 

Green Goddess

Drink to your health—and beauty. Parsley is a great diuretic to help you beat bloat, while spinach contains compounds called glycoglycerolipids that may have anti-cancer properties. The juice is also a rich source of vitamins A and C, which promote skin health.

SERVINGS: 1

10 spinach leaves

1 stalk celery

½ cucumber

½ c parsley

PUT all ingredients through a juicer. Chill with ice if desired.

NUTRITION (per serving): 25 cal, 2 g pro, 7 g carb, 0 g fiber, 2 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 41 mg sodium

 

Tropical Greens Delight

Combining vitamin C–rich pineapple and lime with spinach helps enhance absorption of the iron found in the leafy greens. The cayenne pepper provides a kick thanks to the metabolism-revving compound capsaicin.

SERVINGS: 2

1 c frozen mango chunks

1 c frozen pineapple chunks

1½ c unsweetened coconut water

1 c leafy greens (baby spinach, kale, or collard greens)

¼ c lime juice

¼ tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

BLEND all ingredients for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth. Divide between two glasses.

NUTRITION (per serving): 140 cal, 3 g pro, 33 g carb, 5 g fiber, 24 g sugars, 1 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 200 mg sodium