Every other day I hear about a new juice detox that promises to help you shed 10 pounds in a week. As tempting as these sound, I urge you not to attempt surviving on cayenne pepper, maple syrup and lemon water for days at a time (trust me I've tried and after four days of sheer irritability, crankiness and fatigue I ordered an entire pizza and finished it myself).
The key to weight loss and great skin comes down to fundamental nutrition: packing as many fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible. This approach helps to curb cravings and get your metabolism running at it's optimum pace.
It can be daunting trying to get your recommended dose of fruits and vegetables every single day but this recipe makes it easy.
Some notes before you make this at home:
- Wait for the green tea to cool before adding it to the blender, otherwise the hot water will cook the spinach.
- Cayenne pepper is a fantastic healing herb and it increases blood flow in the body. It gives the juice an extra kick, which I like, but feel free to omit the spice if it doesn’t suit your tastes.
- The juice is naturally sweet but you can add honey or agave nectar to give added sweetness.
This tea-based juice is delicious and you can finish each class knowing you’ve had 3 servings of fruit, 1 serving of vegtables and a cup of antioxidant rich green tea! I have this juice for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. This particular concoction also does wonders after a particularly rough night.