We recently shared Tia's green drink and loved it! Check out what her twin Tamera juices for energy.
1 large cucumber
8 stalks of celery
1 handful of kale
1 handful of spinach
pinch of parsley
ginger (to taste)
Blend all ingredients in juicer or Vitamix for 30 seconds or until desired consistency. Voila!
*Note: If using a Vitamix, you will get all the fiber that you need, though the final result may be more pulpy than using a juicer. Simply add water to thin out if desired.
You might have noticed that the ingredients in my energy juice are really similar to Tia's healthy green juice - but I've got one key ingredient that gives me that extra energy push: an apple! You might know this, but your body is able to turn the natural sugars in apples into energy, which can be equivalent to the energy felt from caffeine in a cup of coffee. Amazing! Also, the carbs in apples fuel your body and the high level of fiber is absorbed more slowly by your body. The result is a steady source of energy, instead of the sudden surge and crash from coffee.
I have always been a fan of Tia and Tamera ever since their days on the popular television show Sister Sister. Their bubbling energy is contagious even on screen. Recently, the twins became new moms and Tia took to her blog to share how she regained her girlish figure and maintains her flawless skin:
A lot of people ask me why I'm always holding a weird-looking green drink. Today, I’m here to answer that question! Cory and I are super conscious of what goes in our bodies (we both went vegan in January) and try really hard to make sure that everything going in our bodies is benefiting it in some way. Ever since I realized how nutritious they can be, I’ve been obsessed with making juices – they’re the easiest and yummiest way to get a daily serving of fruits and vegetables. I use an because it keeps the healthy enzymes from the veggies in the juice. It's pretty pricey, but there are a ton of other juicers out there that will do the job too!
Here’s exactly what goes in my favorite green juice:
Cucumber: Cucumbers are a great source of B vitamins, which give you energy! They’re also 95 percent water (yay for hydration) and contain vitamin C, which is amazing for your skin.
Parsley: Though you might see parsley as just an herb to be sprinkled on main dishes, it actually contains a bunch of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals from your body. The vitamin C and vitamin A in parsley strengthens your immune system and act as an effective anti-inflammatory agent in your body.
Kale: Kale is the new superfood that everyone’s been raving about, and here’s why: one cup of it contains only 36 calories, 40% of the daily requirement of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C and 1,020% of vitamin K! WebMD says, “Eating a diet rich in the powerful antioxidant vitamin K can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” Amazing!!
Celery: Celery also contains a nice serving of vitamin K to your body, as well as flavonoids called apigenin and luteolin that are thought to lower your chances of developing cancer, inflammatory diseases and cardiovascular problems, according to Livestrong. It also contains a compound called Phthalides that the New York Times says helps lowers stress levels!
Ginger: This root has long been used to cure a wide variety of health problems. It’s amazing in aiding digestive health, reducing nausea (bye bye morning sickeness!) and getting rid of inflammation.
Garlic: Since we usually consume it in such small amounts, garlic isn’t commonly known for its health benefits – but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any. In several studies, garlic has been shown to lower cholesterol and combat inflammation, blood thinning and high blood pressure.
So now do you see why I drink this everyday? I swear by this juice and think it’s a huge factor in helping my skin glow and my body so energetic. I know it doesn’t sound too yummy, but try it and see if you feel differently afterwards. To make it sweeter, just add some apple into the mix!
Here's the exact amount of each ingredient I use:
3 celery stalks
An inch of ginger
One clove of garlic
Four kale leaves
A handful of parsley