After a stressful, sometimes exhausting, and indulgent holiday season it can take a while before we look and feel our best again but what we put in our bodies can help heal our overtaxed digestive system, energize our bodies and minds, and even help us look more rested. If you’re still suffering from the side effects of overeating and overbooking your social calendar it’s time to finally get back on track with this healing post-holiday drink.
The Green Goddess juice recipe below has been developed to specifically fight the signs of a long night, providing natural energy fueling both the body and the brain. Packed with green goodies like broccoli, spinach, kale, and kiwi this drink is chock-full of chlorophyll, which, “oxygenates the blood, and increases physical energy as well as brain function,” explains Christy Beauchot Smith a Certified Nutrition Therapist. The leafy greens also provide iron, a key player for producing energy in our bodies. “Energy production is critical for recovering not only from indulging in holiday foods, but also from the stresses we go through during the holiday season,” Smith explains.
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Another key player in post-indulgence recovery is ginger, a natural energy-booster. Holiday foods like fatty meats, your pre-dinner cheese plate, and grandma’s white bread rolls are known for causing inflammation in the body making anti-inflammatory ginger a particularly good option to counteract the effects. Overeating rich foods also creates an acidic environment in your body, which is what can give you that uncomfortable churning feeling, and for many of us, heartburn. In addition to the apples, broccoli, and kale, a bit of lemon is a great way to alkalinize the body. “Lemon can help rebalance pH. It also contains vitamin C, which helps with energy levels,” says Smith.
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175 calories, 47g carbs, 15g sugar
½ cup broccoli
1 green apple
½ cup spinach
1 leaf kale
½ inch of fresh ginger
½ lemon (peeled with most of the white rind still on)
Juice ingredients in the order given with a juicer*. Stir the juice to mix the flavors and pour over ice.
*For this recipe, Omega recommends using a masticating style juicer like the Vert VRT330 HD or Vert VRT350 Low Speed Juicing System to give you the highest degree of extraction and the healthiest possible juice.
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.