Having a morning juice with your breakfast is a great way to start the day.
That said, this is only the case if you know what to put in your juice to help your body absorb much-needed nutrients and tackle everything you have to do.
Obviously, anything sugary is a no-no (unless you want to crash hard mid-morning).
In fact, here are 5 power-up ingredients that will nourish your body and effectively sustain your energy levels throughout the day.
Firstly, throw in a couple of handfuls of spinach.
After all, spinach is an excellent source of vitamin K, which is important for maintaining bone health. It’s also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B2, magnesium and iron.
Think Popeye the sailor man.
Your morning juice should contain a slice of lemon that you’ve squeezed to get all the goodness out.
Why? Well, lemons contain vitamin C in abundance. According to Healthline, this means they:
- Support heart health
- Prevent kidney stones
- Protect against anaemia
- Reduce the risk of cancer
- Help control weight
- Improve digestion
Therefore, including lemons in your daily diet really is a no-brainer!
Alongside lemon, ginger is a must-have for your morning juice. Peel about one inch of fresh ginger and toss it in with the rest of your ingredients.
Essentially, this ingredient is loaded with antioxidants, which are compounds that prevent stress and DNA damage.
As well as helping your body to fight off chronic diseases, ginger is also great for improving your digestive health and immune system.
In other words, we couldn’t recommend it more!
4. Green Apple
Some morning juices can taste quite bitter. However, green apples can add a natural sweetness — and did we mention that they’re very good for you?
Low on carbohydrates, green apples provide vitamin C and help reduce inflammation in the body.
They also contain a compound called pectin. According to WebMD, pectin is a fibre source that works as a prebiotic, thus promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria. It can assist your body to break down foods more effectively and boost your digestive health.
5. Coconut Water
Lastly, blending all of the above ingredients would create a thick juice. To make it runnier, include a cup of coconut water.
What’s so wonderful about coconut water? Well, it has so many natural electrolytes that it could rival a traditional sports drink like Gatorade.
Having said that, coconut water comes out on top because it doesn’t have added sugar, food colouring or artificial sweeteners. It also has the following benefits:
- Rehydration properties
- Contains 10 times the amount of potassium of most sports drinks
- Has calcium, which is vital for strong bones, teeth and muscles
- Contains magnesium, which helps with energy production and organ function
- Has antioxidants, which neutralise oxidative stress and free radicals created by exercise
- Contains amino acids that are essential for repairing tissues and building protein
Top tip: Look for fresh coconut water at your local supermarket to get the highest levels of antioxidants possible.
Utilising Your Morning Juice as a Power-Up
When you wake up in the morning, you’re likely to be sleepy, hungry and maybe even a little bit grumpy.
Mix together spinach, lemon, ginger, green apple and coconut water using a blender to kickstart your day and level-up both your physical and mental health.