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Good Morning Juice | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Aug. 16. 2022
Beverages

Good Morning Juice

Aug. 16. 2022
Beverages
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped® and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

A hydrating juice to say good morning to your body.

You can make this Good Morning Juice in just 5 minutes for a refreshing drink! This juice contains organic cucumbers, organic celery, a green of your choice (such as romaine, spinach, or kale), lemon, lime, and ginger.

This juice will quickly become your favorite part of breakfast! 

Using the Foundational Five to Create Good Morning Juice

In case you’re new to the NS Community and the Mindful Nutrition Method, the Foundational Five system is part of how we teach you to build balanced meals. It makes it easy for you to give your body the nourishment you need while having the flexibility to enjoy the foods you love without stressing about food.

The Foundational Five is made up of five elements of nutrition including Protein, Fat, Non-starchy Carbohydrates, Starchy & Sugary Carbohydrates, and the Flavor Factor (which brings vibrancy, deliciousness, and enjoyment to your meals). 

You can download our free guide that walks you through our Foundational Five system for creating balanced meals that you can use to meal prep or cook fresh this week!

Ginger Nutrition Benefits 

Powerful Antioxidant

Due to its gingerol content, ginger is known for its amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This can result in a decrease in free radical activity, which helps to prevent certain disease states over time. 

Soothes And Stimulates Digestion

Ginger has been valued for its soothing properties for years. It can be used to help aid nausea as well as vomiting as needed. Plus, it can help stimulate those digestive enzymes we need to digest our food well! 

Ingredients Needed To Make This Good Morning Juice

  • English cucumber
  • spinach
  • lime
  • lemon
  • fresh ginger
  • celery

How To Make This Good Morning Juice

First, you’ll need a slow juicer or a juicer of your choice. Next, run each piece of fruit and vegetable through the juicer until everything has been juiced. Once all of your juice is combined, you’re good to go!

Tips For Making This Good Morning Juice

There are a couple of tips you should keep in mind that will help you out a bit when assembling this juice.

I wouldn’t recommend meal-prepping juice 

Fresh juice is best when consumed immediately, or within one day of preparation. Instead of batch juicing, you can prepare all of the ingredients needed to make your juice ahead of time. Once prepared, store them in individual airtight glass containers. That way, when you’re ready to make your morning juice, there’s minimal prep work involved!

What To Serve With This Good Morning Juice To Make It Balanced

Have your Good Morning Juice alongside your Foundational Five breakfast of choice to make it balanced. While juices are a phenomenal source of hydration, vitamins, and minerals, they aren’t quite substantial enough to mimic or replace a meal. 

FAQ About This Good Morning Juice

What Is Juicing?

Juicing involves a process where the liquid along with most nutrients are extracted from raw fruits and vegetables. This process strips away any solid matter, i.e. the fiber, from the fruits and vegetables, and you’re left with liquid only.

This liquid is not just a hydrating way to “drink water” it’s also a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that are found in the fruits and vegetables that made the juice — all in one easy-to-sip drink.

Is Juicing Healthy?

Juicing can be part of a healthy diet when it’s just that, a part of a balanced diet. You’re adding it to a diet that’s already abundant in whole foods, fiber, protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates. It can be enjoyed any time of day, there’s no magic to it in terms of timing!

Juicing isn’t part of a healthy diet when you’re relying on it solely for nutrition. We don’t want to be replacing eating whole foods that are rich in fiber with juice. If you’re juicing at home or buying some at your local smoothie shop, opt for ones that are all vegetable base or greens-based. 

Some juices will be marketed as healthy, yet one small bottle of juice can have three apples juiced (over 50g of sugar) — when was the last time you were able to eat three apples in one sitting? Above all, have fun playing around with the flavors you enjoy! That’s why I shared this Good Morning Juice which is a green juice with lots of citrus and hints of ginger to keep it bright, tangy, and refreshing.

Should I do a Juice Cleanse?

Personally, I don’t recommend engaging in juice fasts, cleanses, or detoxes where you only drink juice for days on end. You can still enjoy the benefits of juicing while still consuming your normal diet — and your normal bowel movements since there’s no fiber in juice, just drinking juice can cause constipation in some people.

Start by simply adding an all-green juice to your daily breakfast or have it first thing when you wake up.

Foundational Five Breakdown

Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • English cucumber
  • spinach
  • celery
  • lime
  • lemon
  • ginger

Starchy and/or Sugary Carbohydrates

  • N/A

Protein

  • N/A

Fat

  • N/A

Flavor Factor

  • lime
  • lemon
  • ginger

 

The Recipe

Serves 2

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Ingredients

1 organic English cucumber with skin on

1 handful spinach

1 bunch organic celery

1 lime, peeled

1 lemon, peeled

1-inch fresh ginger, peeled

 

Instructions

Step 1

Using a slow juicer or a juice of your choice, run each piece of fruit and vegetable through the juicer one at a time until everything has been juiced.

Enjoy!

Juice is best enjoyed immediately or you can store it in an airtight glass container for up to 1 day.

Can’t wait to see you try it!

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