Green juice with celery cucumber apple

Collagen Boosted Green Goddess Juice

Green juice with celery cucumber apple

Is juicing good for you?

Of course the answer has to be qualified. Small amounts of 100% fruit juice or vegetable juices are perfectly healthy and can be a convenient way to get in fruit and vegetable nutrition. The new Food Guide has removed juice as a fruit serving. Many shout warnings of too much sugar and a lack of fiber for reasons to avoid juice.

 

Again, the key is the amount. I can’t put a hard number on it but keep in mind, most fruit juices and vegetable juices that have root vegetables for added fruit will have more calories and yes, natural sugar, compared to something like tomato juice. So yes, watch your portions. Is the sky falling? No. People don’t have poor health because they included 125-250 ml (4-8oz) of juice per day. Evidence please.

Best green juice recipe

This is highly subject. The best green juices, if you want to drink green juices, are the ones that taste good to you. Most green vegetables are relatively neutral like cucumber, or stronger tasting like kale, celery, broccoli etc. Most taste best when you mix in other flavors such as mint or basil and a little sweetness to make the medicine go down like apple.

 

Green juice benefits

Green juices are similar to green vegetables in their nutrition obviously. Some have more vitamins and minerals than others but most of their clout comes from the countless phytonutrients. These compounds have health-promoting properties that have nothing to do with the classic nutrition of vitamins/minerals. They help the liver to detoxify and neutralize carcinogens, turn on disease-fighting genes and more.

 

Collagen benifits

This juice is boosted with collagen hydrolysate (a form of collagen that mixes well and doesn’t leave clumps like regular gelatin does). Collagen has been enjoying the spotlight lately as a protein-bases supplement. Many have written about collagen and how it doesn’t help with joint, muscle or bone health. Many bloggers and other nutrition professionals have said that dietary collagen is a different type of collagen than the type found in bones and joints etc. True, but then they wrongly conclude that due to this, collagen is of no benefit.

 

Unfortunately, they’ve missed the mark. Why collagen powders DO help with joint, bone, skin and muscle is because of its glycine (and to some extent, proline) content. The modern diet is deficient in glycine, some 10+ g per day. Increasing your intake of glycine provides your body with the building blocks it needs to ensure optimal turnover of old bodily collagen which results in better quality collagen synthesis in, you guessed it, your skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. 🙂

Collagen Boosted Green Goddess Juice

Course Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 4-5 stalks celery
  • 1 cup of roughly chopped parsley loosely packed
  • 1 cup of roughly chopped mint leaves loosely packed
  • 1 lemon or lime peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium-sized cucumbers cut in lengths, cut to fit juicer
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple cored, and cut into lengths (about into 8ths)
  • 1-2 tbsp collagen hydrolysate Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen Hydrolysate

Instructions

  1. Add the celery, parsley, mint, cucumber, lemon or lime and apple to your juicer and collect all the juice.

  2. Add the juice and collagen to your blender and blitz together for 30 seconds to combine evenly. Or simply mix the juice and collagen together using a whisk...

    Alternatively, you could use an immersion blender to mix all the ingredients too.

  3. Pour into 2 glasses. Serve chilled.

Doug Cook RDN is a Toronto dietitian and functional nutritionist with a focus on digestive, gut, mental health.  Follow me on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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