The Lean, Not so Mean, Green Juice!

Green juices are the new trend in the eat healthy, detox your body frenzy.

Raw juices made mostly from kale are in high demand to the point where in cities like Hong Kong, imported kale is at a shortage.

Organic shops have been forced into keeping waiting lists, for when the product hits the store.

One of the most influential advocates of the green juice diet is Gwyneth Paltrow, who describes her strict diet consisting in lots of raw juices in her book It’s all good, published early last year.

 Gwyneth follows a vegetarian diet that excludes anything from animal origin, except for fish. She claims tomatoes and strawberries produce allergies and all caffine, chocolate based foods are poison! I personally can’t imagine giving up my morning coffee, cupcakes with friends, pizza as a treat! Er… yeap, not happening for me.

That doesn’t mean I won’t be drinking some green juices every now and then, which apparently have the same energizing effect as a cup of coffee, without all its nocive effects.

 Curious about this new trend and excited about all the potential benefits, I decided to go ahead and make myself Gwyneth Paltrow’s Best Green Juice. It’s actually nicer than it looks. The recipe is as follows:


5 large leaves of kale, ribs discarded, leaves roughly chopped

1 lemon, zest and pith removed

1 large apple or pinapple,

A 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger

1 sprig of fresh mint


1.)    Wash all ingredients well.

2.)    Cut all produce to fit through juicer, juice and enjoy!


Spinach – watercress, dandelion leaves, kale, lettuce
Apple – Pineapple , pear, cantaloupe (rockmelon), honeydew
Lemon – lime, grapefruit

If you’re wanting to ease into the dark leafy green juices, this is a lovely place to start. This sweet green juice has heaps of benefits:

– It’s high in vitamin C

– The lemon helps to improve the absorption of the non-heme iron in spinach

– There are 7.1mg of iron

– The bromelain from the pineapple may ease arthritis, atherosclerosis and it may also help to prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases due to its ability to inhibit Fibrinogen, the chemical that can cause the abnormal blood clotting that underlies most cardiovascular diseases.

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