I have noticed that a green juice, first thing in the morning, kicks my metabolism into gear and keeps my cravings under control throughout the day. Plus, juicing is very hydrating for the skin which has given me a lovely natural glow!
And because juicing separates the fiber, I like to use fruits/veggies that are low on the glycemic index. This way the juice won’t spike up my blood sugar since it's absorbed directly into the bloodstream. So make sure to drink your green juice on an empty stomach for instant absorption.
By the way, I'm usually not nearly as picky about the ingredients I use when making green smoothies, since blending keeps the fiber intact. Fiber slows the rate of absorption which has a lesser effect on blood sugar levels.
I also enjoy making a green juice right after a workout or yoga. I find that flooding my body with hydrating nutrients helps with recovery between workouts and keeps my body fluid and flexible!
Here's my all time favorite green juice recipe, I call it the Juice of Radiance! All ingredients in this recipe are low on the glycemic index.
Juice of Radiance
2 celery stalks
1 large kale leaf
1 large collard leaf
1 small apple
1/2 lemon (pealed)
Plus, it’s great for those who are just starting out and still need to get accustomed to the taste of greens. Once you feel comfortable you can always add more greens or cut back on the apple.