Juicing!

pregnancy2Good nutrition during your pregnancy not only helps you to function at your best but of course delivers your baby the essential vitamins and minerals required for growth and development.

I particularly enjoyed making green juices; which for me were quick and easy to make when I didn’t feel like standing in the kitchen for hours on end putting together a fancy meal and to be honest I felt as though I was delivering an excellent hit of essential goodness to my baby.

Juices are full of nutrients and enzymes that help to fight diseases and promote a healthy and strong immune system, they are also low in fibre, low in calories and extremely high in vitamins, minerals and enzymes. They are also alkaline in nature which in itself is therapeutic. They are easily digested and assimilated allowing maximum nutrient value to be absorbed at a faster rate without the body expending unnecessary energy.

vegiesChlorophyl, found in all leafy green vegetables (kale, alfalfa, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, watercress, wheatgrass, parsley, celery, cucumber and green capsicum) is recognised as a powerful blood and cell builder, internal body cleanser and potent regenerative tonic and has been used over the centuries to fight many different diseases.

My pregnancy happened to fall over the hottest months of the year which for me means lighter meals (more salads and fresh foods) but I also tend to eat a lot more fruit. This summer I was conscious of ensuring that I wasn’t consuming too much fructose which tips my blood sugar levels over the edge and instead tried to give my body a nourishing hit with some of that energy that I needed. Here is my favourite juice recipe that can really be enjoyed at any time of the year. [if you want to get technical, I have read that juicing organic fruits and vegetables is much better if possible].

Dark Green Juice Recipe IMG_1643

3 sticks of celery, 1 head of parsley, 1 head of mint leaves, 1 bunch of corriander, 1 fist full of kale, 1 handful of grapes, 3 carrots and 1 large cucumber.

Here’s all the great properties of these incredible ingredients.

Kale – Is high in vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2.

Parsley – Is high in Vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamin B2, Iron, Calcium ,zinc, potassium and magnesium.

Carrot – Is high in Vitamin A, calcium, potassium and vitamin C.

Celery – Is high in calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and Vitamin C.

Cucumber – Is high in Vitamin C, potassium and calcium.

Corriander – is high in folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, iron and potassium

Grapes – Is high in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6 and potassium.

Mint – Is high in folate, vitamin A and high in vitamin C, it is also high in minerals with 24% of the recommended daily allowance for calcium, 36% copper, 63.5% iron, 20% magnesium, 51% manganese and 10% zinc.

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