Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Start 2022 full of energy with this fabulous green shot -packed full of amazing nutrients to help boost energy and support the immune system too.
What you need to make your green shot
Green apples– packed full of plant chemicals, including the flavonoid quercetin which has anti- inflammatory action. Apples are low in calories, a great source of vitamin c and potassium and also contain pectin, a ‘soluble’ fibre that can help to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol .
Ginger– Great for giving shots a kick but also to help alleviate gastrointestinal issues, plays a role in reducing inflammation in the body, supports the immune system, rejuvenates skin and increases energy levels. It also contains anti- microbial properties. Ginger contains many important nutrients and vitamins including vitamin C, B5 and B6, along with a good amount of the minerals potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
Celery- Celery contains a plant compound called apigenin, which has been found to possess anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral properties. It is great for hydration, low in calories and a great source of vitamins A, C and K.
Lemons – are abundant in vitamin C and flavonoids, both powerful antioxidants, important in preventing free radical damage to cells, supporting the immune system, for skin health, increasing iron absorption from food, weight loss and the prevention of scurvy. Fresh lemon juice helps to support liver enzymes and is a natural antiseptic.
Cucumber– Cucumber is great for hydration and also contains a fantastic amount of antioxidants including vitamin c and also a number of other nutrients including manganese, potassium, vitamin k, magnesium, potassium and fibre.
Spinach – what can I say? Just look at all of these nutrients that it contains- vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, selenium, iron, vitamin C, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, and vitamin B6. It is also a very good source of fibre, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin E. What’s not to like?
Ingredients (makes 2 shots):
1 inch length piece fresh ginger
1 green apple, seeds removed
1 stick of celery
1 handful of spinach leaves
Place all ingredients into a juicer and juice well. Store in the fridge in a jug covered and have a shot served in the morning with breakfast! Enjoy!