Generally speaking, I juice first thing in the morning when my stomach is empty, which allows for maximum absorption of minerals and nutrients.
For whatever reason, however, it has taken me many, many years to realize that the most amazing time to drink an organic green juice is after a workout.
Previously, my drink of choice would normally have been a nut milk smoothie, primarily for its protein. (It also tasted really good).
Post-workout, many people tend to grab a coconut water – for the electrolytes – but it has never been a big draw for me. Even if the coconut water is organic, I try to avoid plastic as much as I can. (For more on this, take a look at my post My Organic Coconut Water Conundrum).
Most people you see at gyms or yoga studios are not drinking organic coconut water. So, not only are they consuming coconut water which most likely has been sprayed with pesticides, but they are also ingesting plastic that has leached from the box or bottle.
I first drank a cold organic green juice after going to the gym about a week ago and cannot imagine drinking anything else after a workout.
Green leafy vegetables, most notably spinach and collard greens, are very good sources of protein.
Furthermore, the green juice is alkalinizing and very rich in minerals and enzymes. After a tough workout, you’ll body will crave these vital nutrients to help in the recovery process.
Don’t just take my word for it that this is the best post-workout drink. Try drinking a cold organic green juice after yoga, the gym, or a run, and you’ll see what I mean.
I am completely hooked.
In case you were wondering, the juicer that I use and love is the Green Star 1000, and I wash my produce with the fruit/vegetable wash from Vermont Soap Organics – the only fruit/vegetable wash that I recommend.