The Smart Girl's Guide To Green Juice

Green JuiceCourtesy of Lauren Conrad.
Every morning, Monday through Friday, I try to stick to a pretty healthy routine. Not only do I feel better when I have a consistent schedule, but I’m also more productive and have more “me” time at the end of the day. I like to wake up, make breakfast, work out, and drink a big glass of green juice before getting down to work for the rest of the day. Drinking my greens is one of the best parts of my mornings, and I try to do it every day to get a big boost of vitamins and nutrients. But, only recently did I learn that there are a few facts every girl should know when it comes to sipping those greens.
With a little help from our LaurenConrad.com expert nutritionist Shira Lenchewski, RD, today I’ll be sharing my smart girl’s guide to drinking green juice. Take a peek below to find out everything you need to know about getting juiced.
Don’t Consider It A Meal Replacement
Proportionally speaking, most green juices are very low in calories and protein, with the majority of calories coming from carbohydrates, according to Shira. So, while drinking green juice can be an excellent way to increase your daily servings of vegetables, most juices aren’t sufficient to be full-blown meal replacements. Try thinking of green juice as a health supplement — like a multivitamin — not a meal replacement.
Vary Your Leafy Greens
Rotating your greens is a great way to make sure you’re reaping the nutritional benefits of a wide variety of plants that you might otherwise miss out on, says Shira. I love switching off between kale, spinach, and romaine. But, you can also mix things up by experimenting with dandelion greens, which are rich in calcium, and carrot tops, which are loaded with anti-inflammatory chlorophyll.
Don’t Use Too Many Sugary Fruits
Just like eating too many sweets can send your body into a blood sugar tailspin, drinking juices with too many sugary fruits can leave you with energy highs and lows. Shira advises her clients to stick to green juices made primarily with leafy greens and just one serving of fruit, like one small pear. Many commercial green juices are loaded with sugar, and they often contain more fruit than we should be consuming in one sitting. And, since the juicing process removes fiber from fruits and veggies, sugar hits the bloodstream faster. On that note, be on the lookout for common sugar-containing additives like coconut water and agave. Simply put: Try to drink juices that are as veggie-heavy as possible.
Don’t Wait Too Long To Drink It
Drinking green juice immediately gives you the biggest nutrient bang for your buck, since the natural enzymes in fruits and vegetables start breaking down as soon as they are exposed to air. Shira recommends drinking your green juice straight out of the juicer for those fresh-squeezed vitamins and minerals. However, most juices can be refrigerated up to 72 hours in airtight containers. So, if you can’t drink yours right away, try to sip up within three days, or else your juice might not be as beneficial.
I hope you all enjoyed learning something new about drinking your favorite green juice (I sure did!). Another big thanks to Shira for sharing her expert tips.
xx Allison Team LC

More from Diet & Nutrition

Halloween (prime vampire season) is coming up, so it's only natural if you've been eating more garlic lately. The only downside of all that supernatural ...
When you get pregnant, the food advice you receive tends to revolve around what you supposedly can't eat or drink: sushi, seafood, alcohol, soft cheeses...
If you live in the Northeast of the U.S., you might want to check on the meat in your fridge. The CDC announced on Saturday that it is investigating a ...
On Wednesday, I was in one of those elevators with a news and advertising screen when I was faced yet again with the results of the month of sobriety ...
How many times have you woken up with a disgusting hangover after a heavy night and vowed never to drink again? Well, this common plight could one day be...
It seems like everyone’s looking for ways to eat more protein. And there’s a good reason for it, too: Often known as the “building block” of the body, ...
While you'll probably never hear anyone raving about the deliciousness of their school cafeteria hot lunch, it's a much better alternative to not having it...
On Monday, Kellogg's recalled 10,000 Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles packages that were potentially contaminated. And on Wednesday, Blue Bell Creameries ...
If you haven't yet heard the word “gluten,” you've probably been living under a rock. Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Miley Cyrus have embraced the...
If Stranger Things reawakened your childhood love for the ubiquitous Eggo waffle, we have some pretty upsetting news. On Monday, Kellogg's voluntarily ...
Apple cider vinegar's (ACV) reputation as a miracle cure certainly isn't new — supposedly even the Ancient Greeks were into the stuff. Today, though, the...
Hackers leaked the medical files of Serena Williams, Simone Biles, Venus Williams, and basketball player Elena Delle Donne early Tuesday, the World Anti-...
This article was originally published on April 26, 2016. Yes, it's true that health food can be staggeringly expensive — especially if it's something ...
We don't do diets. But we still love to eat — and we want to eat well. In her column, How To Eat, Refinery29's favorite intuitive eating coach Christy ...