You know the feeling. You wake up to your alarm to hurry and throw on some clothes. You’re excited. Deep down, you know this is the start of a new routine. As you head over to your local gym, you struggle to find a parking spot. Once you swipe that gym key, you realize all of the machines are taken. You’re too late. It’s early February, and no one has dropped their New Year’s Resolutions as fast as that one weightlifter dropped their iron.
So, yeah… we all know the feeling. It’s a “new year, new you,” a cliche that doesn’t last long. According to US News, 80% of people give up their New Year’s resolutions by the second week of February.
We’ve been there, too. Failed resolutions we’ve wiped from our mental notepad, never to see pen to paper; it’s not easy being green at something.
Then again, there are other goals we’ve achieved. Those small daily “to do’s” we had the resolve to turn into small wins, that then turned into new routines. For healthy hoohoo owner, Stacy Lyon, one of those is Green Goo.
We get it… it doesn’t sound like a drink you’d wake up craving--coffee, anyone?--nor does it sound as good as drinking fermented grapes--wine is a fruit… right?... The truth is, Green Goo is so much more than a New Year’s Resolution and juiced vegetables. It’s a drink loaded with dynamite, nutritious ingredients that have a laundry list of health benefits.
So, next time you’re looking for something that will boost your immune system, prevent sickness this time of year, or something you can learn and do on your own while developing a passion around the refined art of juicing… keep reading, test out the Green Goo + let us know what you think in the comments below.
Green Goo: healthy hoohoo's green juice recipe
- 2 kiwis or 1 green apple (adds a touch of sweetness)
- 1 avocado (yay for good fats!)
- 1 cucumber (we use the large English variety)
- 2 stalks of celery
- 4 handfuls of power greens
- 1 lemon’s juice
- 2” nub of ginger (hoohoo hint: peel thin layer of skin off using a spoon)
- 3-4 cups of filtered water (+/- depending on desired thickness)
Why these ingredients?
According to Healthline, this sweet and green fruit is more powerful than most realize.
- Kiwis help treat asthma
- Kiwis aid with digestion
- Kiwis help boost your immune system
- Kiwis prevent sickness
- Kiwis help manage blood pressure
- Kiwis reduce blood clotting
- Kiwis protect against vision loss
Apples are also very beneficial to an everyday diet. Healthline says apples are not just nutritious.
- Apples are good for weight loss
- Apples are good for your heart
- Apples are linked to a lower risk of diabetes
- Apples promote good gut bacteria
- Apples are helpful in possibly preventing cancer
- Apples are helpful in fighting asthma
- Apples are good for bone health
- Apples are known to possibly protect against stomach injury from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Apples are known to possibly help protect your brain
We all know (and love!) that avocados are filled with healthy fats, but there’s so much more to this unique fruit. This is what Healthline has to say about avocados:
- Avocados are incredibly nutritious
- Avocados are filled with potassium, even more so than bananas
- Avocados are loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids
- Avocados are loaded with fiber
- Eating avocados can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels
- Avocados are linked to healthier people; people who eat avocados tend to be healthier as a whole
- The fat content from an avocado may help you absorb nutrients from plant foods
- Avocados are filled with powerful antioxidants that can protect your eyes
- Avocados may help prevent cancer
- Avocado extract may help relieve arthritis symptoms
- Eating avocado may help you lose weight
It’s no secret that we’re coo coo for cucumber at healthy hoohoo. Why? Because it’s one of our main ingredients in our products! Aside from that, Healthline says there are several health benefits to eating cucumbers.
- Cucumbers are high in nutrients
- Cucumbers contain antioxidants
- Cucumbers promote hydration
- Cucumbers may aid in weight loss
- Cucumbers may lower blood sugar
- Cucumbers could help promote regularity
We all know celery as the low-calorie diet food, but it’s also filled with important health benefits. Healthline says the crisp and crunchy celery is loaded with benefits that may surprise you.
- Celery is filled with important antioxidants
- Celery reduces inflammation
- Celery supports digestion
- Celery is rich in vitamins that have a low glycemic index
- Celery has an alkalizing effect
We know these dark leafy vegetables are going to be filled with power… it’s in the name. ;) According to the USDA, power greens provide a lot more power than meets the eye.
- Power greens are great sources of nutrition and vitamins
- Power greens contain important antioxidants that play a role in blocking the early stages of cancer
- Power greens promote heart health
- Power greens help prevent certain birth defects
- Power greens protect bones
- Power greens help prevent against inflammatory diseases
- Power greens may also decrease the risk of heart disease
Lemon doesn’t just make our water more enjoyable. Healthline says these citrus fruits may support heart health and even weight control.
- Lemons are a good source of Vitamin C, and by eating fruits/vegetables that are high in Vitamin C, it may reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
- Research shows the plant compounds in lemon extracts may help reduce weight gain
- The citric acid in lemons may help prevent kidney stones
- Lemons protect against anemia
- Lemons may reduce cancer risk
- Lemons improve digestive health
Ginger has powerful benefits for the body and brain. Healthline says this spice is among the healthiest spices on the planet.
- Ginger has been used to help digestion and fight the flu
- Ginger helps relieve nausea and vomiting after surgery, but is especially effective when it comes to pregnancy-related morning sickness
- Ginger may help reduce muscle pain and soreness
- Ginger helps with osteoarthritis
- Ginger helps lower blood sugars
- Ginger powder may reduce menstrual pain
- Ginger may lower cholesterol levels
- Extract from ginger may help prevent cancer
- Ginger may improve brain function and help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s Disease
- Ginger can help fight infections
So, moral of the story--this drink is more powerful than you think. By incorporating it into your daily diet, you’re not only creating healthy habits, but empowering your body and brain with plant-based power. Woohoo for Green Goo!