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Although most people want to lead healthier lives, ABC News reports that 28% of Americans think green juices are “scary looking”. Average juice colors are seen in shades of yellows, oranges, and reds.

Some people may be turned off by the green color of these vitamin-rich and antioxidant juices, however the ingredients used hydrate skin and encourage lymphatic drainage, resulting in glowing skin and de-puffiness.

Nine out of ten people agree eating produce is healthier for them, according to the ABC News report, however two thirds of those people believe drinking juice is the better alternative in regards to convenience and time. Plus, drinking a liquid assimilates into the bloodstream quicker.

Benefits of Going Green

When your produce intake increases, it can lead to a decrease in oxidation, a marker for premature aging and disease. One study concluded that it did not matter which type of vegetables were consumed as long as it was a wide variety and increased volume, then it lowered the risk of developing lung cancer.

The Best Produce to Add

When it comes to creating a powerhouse green juice, choosing the right produce can be critical. You want fresh produce that is vitamin-rich and antioxidant-rich.

 

Here are a few examples of produce to use in your green juices.

The fruit will add sweetness to your juice. Mint, ginger, lime, and lemon are flavorful additions as some people do not like the taste of green juices containing only vegetables.

  • Celery
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Kale
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Mint
  • Ginger root
  • Lime juice
  • Lemon juice

There are a few items to take into consideration as you add green juices to your diet. Carbohydrate levels can be high in one overloaded green juice and this excess may lead to weight gain. Limit the amount of each produce you use for a single serving, especially high carbohydrate fruits.

When you drink green juices, you may find yourself hungrier sooner than usual. This is due to the fact that juices are not as filling as whole foods. You may need to adjust your eating schedule or plan snacks.

It is suggested to drink one glass of green juice per day, but it may take up to three to really feel the benefits.