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I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions but since I am preparing for my wedding this summer, I have decided to make changes to my diet. One of them is to start each day with a green juice or smoothie. Green juices have plenty of vitamins and nutrients which assist with improved overall health, improved energy and healthy glowing skin. I call it the beauty juice.
There are so many recipe variations for green juice and every now and then I create a recipe that needs an extra boost of sweetness. Since I do not want to fill my juice with lots of sugar, I use Truvia Natural Sweetener which is a naturally sweet, zero-calorie, Stevia based sweetener. I like to use it for veggie green juices which need some sweetness and also like to add it when using green apples as my fruit component. I love that is it naturally derived and is certainly a great way to add sweetness with zero calories.
Truvia Natural Sweetener is very versatile and can be used in various recipes and drinks. Pretty much it can be used instead of sugar in most recipes. You can use it in baked goods, oatmeal, coffee and even in salad dressings. I have used it in glazed carrots, coleslaw salad and it was delicious.
I got my Truvia Natural Sweetener at my neighborhood Shaw’s market, however you can purchase yours at your local grocery store. I chose the box which contains 40 packets of sweetener as I like the convenience of using packets. One packet has a sweetness equivalence of 2 teaspoons of sugar with zero calories which is pretty awesome.
Kale, Mint and Apple Green juice Recipe
The ingredients for this recipe are very simple and easy to obtain. Fresh organic kale, mint, apples, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a packet of Truvia Natural Sweetener is all you need. You can substitute kale with spinach if you prefer.
When it comes to creating a juice its important to consider the veggie fruit content. There should be more veggies than fruit, at least 3/4 should be veggies. This kale, mint and apple green juice is light, refreshing and very green. You feel a boost in your energy not long after drinking it. It is best served immediately before the natural enzymes in the produce start breaking down but you can place it in a well sealed glass container and drink it a couple of hours later. I made a huge amount in the morning, drank some of it at home and packed some in glass bottles to take to work.
Making the juice is extremely easy with a juicer. First juice the kale followed by the apples and then some sprigs of mint. Turn off the juicer and add a squeeze of lime juice and a packet of sweetener.
Step 1: Wash and assemble the ingredients next to the juicer then quarter the apples.
Step 2: Process the kale in the juicer first followed by the apples and mint.
Step 3: Stir in a packet of Truvia Natural Sweetener and squeeze in juice from 1/2 a lime.
Step 4: Drink and enjoy immediately. If you are taking some to work or anywhere place in a well sealed glass container and try to drink within 4 hours.
If you haven’t tried a natural sweetener, I highly recommend Truvia Natural Sweetener. Grab yourself a box and try it in your next recipe! Not sure where to find it? You can use this store locator to find a store that carries it near you. From now until 4/30, you can save $1.50 on any one package of Truvia Natural Sweetener click here!