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Daily Dose of Greens

Recipes by Lisa Simek

A quick scan of the Surf City Farmers Market will confirm that there is no shortage of fresh, vibrant produce during the summer months. If you have a bountiful vegetable garden, are a part of a neighborhood CSA, or prefer to shop your local grocer for the tastiest seasonal produce, one thing is for sure—there is no better way to get the most vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes from a variety of fruits and veggies than by concentrating those phytonutrients, otherwise known as juicing them.

Whether you are trading in your morning latte for an energizing shot of wheatgrass or trying to counter an overindulgence with a detoxifying and nourishing vitamin boost, try one of these delightful recipes to make getting your daily dose of greens as easy and enjoyable as a lovely seaside cocktail.

Fat Burner

In this drink, capsaicin— the compound in hot peppers known for supporting weight loss— is paired with fruity fat blasting polyphenols and then finished with the metabolism

boosting benefits of the EGCG found in green tea, aiding digestion and even increasing

lipolysis (the actual breakdown of fat cells).

1 hot pepper (or substitute with

cayenne extract)

1 grapefruit

1 bunch of mint

1 wedge of watermelon

1 pint raspberries

½ cup brewed and cooled green tea

Green Vitality

The ultimate for green juice, these veggies are phytonutrient-dense and have a long history of boosting the immune system, supporting cardiovascular health, neutralizing carcinogenic substances that contribute to diseases, alkalizing, anti-inflammatory, and most importantly aid and maintain proper gut health.

3-4 cups of powerhouse greens:

watercress, spinach and kale

1 apple

1 cucumber

2 celery stalks

2 kiwis

1 tsp. spirulina powder (mixed into

the finished juice)

Morning Detox

Particularly high in vitamins A, C, and K to aid the liver and kidneys in natural detoxification, this tonic also replenishes the body with an array of B Vitamins and uses everyday greens to naturally remove toxins from the body.

1 red beet

1 bunch dandelion greens

1 bunch cilantro (or substitute with parsley)

½ lemon

½ inch ginger

1 apple

Summer Skin Glow

Boasting a full spectrum of nourishing vitamins and potent antioxidants that are essential for the synthesis of collagen, this anti-inflammatory juice helps to hydrate, soothe, clear, and enhance the skin’s natural glow, fight wrinkles with anti-aging properties, and brighten overall complexion.

1 sweet potato

1 aloe vera leaf (the gel scraped from the inside)

2 carrots

½ inch turmeric

1 golden beet

1 orange

Lisa Simek is a wellness expert specializing in family nutrition and lifestyle. Having worked closely with health icons such as juicing pioneer Jack LaLanne and nutrition guru/Eat-Clean Diet founder Tosca Reno, the mom of three advocates for making one’s healthy lifestyle a family affair. For more of her recipes and health information visit

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