This light green juice is a refreshing and nourishing addition to your day. It’s a wonderfully hydrating choice for breaking your fast first thing in the morning, and it also works well as an afternoon pick me up.
Cucumber Juice Health Benefits
Most of my green juices include some cucumber. Being 95% water, they provide low-cost volume for your juice combination. That structured water also helps flush toxins from your body and aids the absorption of other nutrients.
Cucumbers also –
- Contain calcium and silica for healthy bones and teeth
- Provide natural sodium for blood pressure regulation
- Improve bowel function for healthy elimination
- Help clear up skin eruptions
- Deliver over half your recommended daily Vitamin A for eye health, respiratory and urinary tract health
Romaine Lettuce Juice Benefits
While popular in salads, romaine is often overlooked as a juice ingredient. Romaine lettuce juice is mild and sweet, perfect for those new to green juices. But it’s also packed with vitamins and minerals, making it a valuable leafy green to include in your greens rotation.
Vitamins A, K, C, B1, B2 and B6, along with folate, potassium and magnesium make it a heart healthy choice.
For the most nutrition, buy fresh heads of organic romaine with the dark outer leaves intact.
Fresh Orange Juice Health Benefits
Unfortunately, we’ve been trained to be afraid of orange juice. Certainly those cartons of months old, heat pasteurized orange juice offer little nutrition. But fresh, raw orange juice has many health benefits.
- Are proven to help fight various cancers
- Help prevent kidney disease and kidney stones
- Are low on the glycemic index, (including the juice of 1 or 2 oranges in a juice beverage isn’t likely to spike your blood sugar.)
This delicious juice provides protein too! You’ll get about 6-7 grams of protein in a 16-oz serving.
Cucumber, Orange, Romaine Lettuce Juice
Makes two 16-oz servings
2 very large cucumbers
4 naval oranges (outermost part of the orange rind removed, leaving as much of the white pith as possible, seeds removed)
1/2 – 1 head romaine lettuce, using as many dark outer leaves as possible
juice of 1 lime
Run the cucumbers, oranges, romaine and ginger through a slow juicer (not a blender.) Add more romaine or cucumbers to reach 32 ounces. Stir in the juice of 1 lime. (You can juice the lime in the juicer if preferred, but some people find lime rind to be very bitter.)