A green juice at 3pm might trump your cup of coffee
Most of us are guilty of relying on a cup of coffee to help us get through the day but by 3pm the extra caffeine can leave us feeling burnt out and dehydrated. Isowhey naturopath and herbalist, Amie Skilton wants you to swap your coffee cup for a green juice, here are some of her reasons why.
- You’ll get a natural energy boost
While many of us rely on a skinny cap to overcome 3 o’clock slump, it doesn’t take long before the caffeine ‘zing’ wears off and we’re back to feeling tired again.
The energy boost that can be provided by a green juice rich in nutrients is a much more sustainable way to get through the day. Spinach is a great source of iron which is a key component of energy production in the body. Add a couple of handfuls of spinach to a blender with other high-fibre fruit and veg, along with a scoop of green powder like IsoWhey’s Wholefoods Mixed Greens Powder – the Matcha in this super greens mix contains the same natural form of caffeine found in green tea.
- It’s packed with antioxidants
Green vegetables used in green juice and smoothies are often full of powerful antioxidants such as vitamin C, zinc, and selenium. Antioxidants are the body’s defence agents, put simply, the more you have, the better equipped you are to fight against oxidative damage (or free radical damage).
- A green drink a day makes for better digestion
If you want a healthier gut, put down the milky morning coffee and get out the blender. Vegetables such as kale, which contain oodles of fibre, which will help to keep you feeling full until your next meal and keeps you regular.
- Green colour = chlorophyll & phytonutrients
Chlorophyll is what gives green vegetables their colour. Plant-based foods also contain phytonutrients that have health-promoting properties including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and liver-health-promoting activities.
If you find that you’re struggling with the taste of green-only drinks, then add a serve of other fruit or vegetables to give your drink a sweeter taste. A handful of blueberries, a carrot or some cubed watermelon will make your drink tastier (and they’ll add a whole lot of vitamins too).
- No blender? No worries.
If you’re constantly on the go, then blending an afternoon smoothie is definitely not going to be as easy as grabbing a cup of coffee. However, you don’t have to only drink blended green drinks. You can contribute towards your daily recommended dose of veggies and get your energy fix with specially formulated mixed green powders – just mix with water or almond milk for a quick hit of nutrients wherever you are.