This is another delicious juice I made while I was spending a few days drinking green juices and smoothies. Pineapple is my long lost love. I found out I was allergic to it several years ago, and all of the fermented foods that I’ve been eating must have helped my gut to heal, because I can eat it again with no adverse effects! I’ve been going a little hog wild on it – about one pineapple a week. 😉
Kale is one of the greens in my regular rotation for juices and smoothies. I will confess that I really don’t care for it raw other than in the form of kale chips. I don’t find the texture of most varieties to be pleasant to chew on, so into the blender they go! I do enjoy the flavor.
Basil… well, I’ve got this “little” basil plant on my porch that gives me a big handful (or more) every week or so. I’ve pinched a few blossoms off of it by now, and I’ve taken cuttings and propagated some more little plants, so I’m not running out any time soon. There are a lot of recipes on this blog that will use basil because… it’s free when you grow it yourself! =D I really love it as an aromatic herb. It really adds a whole new dimension of flavor to juices and smoothies when a handful is tossed into the mix with everything else.
Here are the health benefits of this delicious and refreshing pineapple, kale, and basil green juice:
- Pineapple is used to treat digestion problems and inflammation. It reduces swelling, bruising, and healing time for injuries.
- Just one cup of pineapple provides all of your vitamin C for the day.
- Pineapple contains numerous B-vitamins, magnesium, manganese, potassium, anti-oxidants, and beta-carotene.
- High consumption of fruit has been shown to reduce your risk of macular degeneration. Dr. Caldwell Esseletyn teaches that macular degeneration is sign of heart disease – as the retinal arteries are damaged, vision becomes impaired. Fruit is not the enemy – these are the carbs that your body needs to be healthy and function optimally!
- Because of pineapple’s beta carotene content, consuming it reduces the risk of developing asthma.
- Pineapple’s high potassium levels can assist in lowering your blood pressure, if it is high.
- The anti-oxidants in pineapple help to prevent cancer. The high amounts of fiber in pineapple help to prevent colon cancer. Again, eat your fruits and vegetables – animal products to not contain fiber! Pineapple’s beta-carotene content also helps to protect against prostate cancer. Men, have some more pineapple!
- While we’re talking about fiber, the water and fiber content in pineapple helps with “regularity issues”. 😉
- Foods that are high in antioxidants, like pineapple, can help with fertility issues, for both males and females.
- As with all produce, it’s good for your heart and cardiovascular system. If you don’t want to be a statistic (1:4 American deaths are from heart disease), eat more plants!
- Kale is a good source of iron. Per calorie, it has more iron than beef.
- Kale also has more protein per calorie than beed.
- …And pretty much more of everything else than beef, except for fat and cholesterol.
- Kale is high in vitamin K and antioxidants, making it another potent fighter of cancer.
- Kale is a good source of omega-3 fatty acid. One cup of kale gives you 10% of the RDA for omega-3. This makes it a great anti-inflammatory food. Just don’t go eating a lot of omega-6 filled foods… like vegetable oils or corn fed animal meats.
- Kale is very high in fiber. It helps to lower your cholesterol and keep that colon clean (hooray for regularity)!
- Kale is also high in beta-carotene, which makes it great for your eyes and skin.
- Did you know leafy greens are also good sources of vitamin C? You don’t just get it from fruit!
- Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, it has more calcium than milk. As an added bonus, you actually get to keep the calcium in your bones when you eat kale. When you eat dairy, it acidifies your body, causing calcium to be pulled out of your bones as an acid buffer, for a net loss in calcium. Repeat after me: “dairy is not a good source of calcium.”
- Half a cup of basil gives you almost all of your RDA for Vitamin K!
- Basil has anti-bacterial properties. If you’re sick, have some pesto (without the dairy, of course)!
- Like pineapple and kale, basil is also a good source of beta-carotene. This recipe is a beta-carotene trifecta!
- Basil is a good source of magnesium. It helps your muscles relax. It’s also good for cardiovascular health, improving blood flow and reducing the risk of irregular heart rhythms (don’t forget – the heart is a muscle).
- 1 pineapple
- 1 large bunch of kale leaves
- 1 large handful of basil
- Juice all ingredients, serve over ice, and enjoy! 🙂