Green juice recipes are probably the best choice when it comes to
adopting a lower carb diet as they can be easily made from lower carb
Green juice recipes can also be a part of a lower oxalate lifestyle when you know what ingredients to include and what you should probably limit.
The health benefits of celery can make it a great addition to your green juice recipes.
One of the really nice health benefits of celery is having a mild diuretic effect which can aid with weight loss. And it's suppose to be great for your liver.
The health benefits of parsley also make it a great choice for making a green juice recipes, but you will have to be careful with this powerful herb.
Lower Carb Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs for Green Juice Recipes
Lemons & Limes
Parsley & Cilantro
Dino or Curly Kale
Ginger & Garlic
You'll want the majority of your green juices to contain these ingredients if you want to consume lower in carb green juices.
Health Benefits of Celery Juice
Celery contains powerful compounds which are known to enhance the activity of your white blood cells.
Celery juice can also help to purify your bloodstream, reduce your blood pressure, and clear up skin problems.
Good Electrolyte Drink
High in Potassium, Sodium, & Magnesium
Rich in Vitamin C
Improves Detoxification &
Improves Digestion of Foods
Good Amount of B Vitamins
Helps Relieve Migraines
Great Alkaline Food
Boosts your Immune System
Helps Calm your Nerves
High Amounts of Vitamin K
Helps to Prevent Cancer
Good Amount of Organic Calcium
Helps your Kidneys Function
Effective Natural Diuretic
Helps with Addiction to Salty Foods
If you want to keep your green juice recipe simple, you could drink straight celery juice. It's a popular trend right now and claims to cleanse the liver.
However, I think it's better to mix celery with other vegetables and fruits to get a more pleasant tasting green juice.
Celery does contain a medium amount of oxalates and you may not want to consume too much of this vegetable at a time.
Green Juice Recipe with Celery 1 Serving
3 Big Leaves of Organic Kale
2 Stalks of Organic Celery
1/3 to 1/2 Organic Cucumber (no wax)
1 Organic Green or Red Apple
1/2 of Organic Lemon (no peel)
1 Knob of Organic Ginger (remove skin)
1 Organic Broccoli Stalk
1 Stalk of Organic Pineapple
To Make Lower in Carbs:
If you want a lower carb green juice recipe, just increase the amount of celery and cucumber. And decrease the amount of apple and pineapple.
To Make Lower in Oxalates:
To be honest with you, I would leave out the broccoli stalk. I would also replace the kale leaves with cilantro.
Keep in mind, the citric acid found in lemons and pineapple helps to balance out oxalic acid or oxalates which is a problem in green juice recipes.
Green Juice Recipe with Parsley 2 Servings
2 Organic Red Apples
2 Organic Lemons (remove peel)
1 Bunch Organic Parsley
1 Bunch Organic Cilantro
To Make Lower in Carbs:
You can replace the red apples with green apples to lower the amount of carbs in this green juice recipe.
To Make Lower in Oxalates:
Be sure to peel the lemon before juicing. You could also peel the apples to lower the amount of oxalates in this green juice recipe.
And use more cilantro than parsley to lower the amount of oxalates.
Health Benefits of Parsley
This herb is one of the most popular and has been used since ancient Roman and Greek times.
You can find flat leaf or curly leaf parsley at most grocery these days.
High in vitamin K
Good source of vitamin C
High in Potassium
Good source of folic acid
Helps high blood pressure
Abundant in Chlorophyll
Good source of beta carotene
Important Note: Parsley contains a good amount of oxalic acid or oxalates
which could help to form kidney stones if consumed in large amounts for a
long period of time.
And oxalates binds to important minerals
like calcium and can make them unavailable for use in your body.
handful a day should provide the health benefits of parsley without
harmful health problems.
Why You Need to Limit Oxalates
According to Sally K. Norton, "In the hours after we've overloaded on foods with soluble oxalates, oxalate ions will attach to minerals from our foods or from our blood. As a result, these minerals won't be available for other purposes (like building bone or maintaining proper cellular metabolism)".
High toVery High in Oxalates
Lemon & Lime Peel
1 cup of raw spinach will give you about 600 mg. of oxalates and most of the oxalates in spinach are soluble!
Based on an ounce-to-ounce serving, only a few foods contain more oxalates than raw spinach. These foods will include parsley, chives, purslane, cassava, and amaranth.
Moderate to Medium in Oxalates
A large carrot and stalk of celery may each contain 10 mg. of oxalates, so I would consume them in moderation.
Actually, I would use all of the above in moderation. And I'm not a big fan of collard greens, dandelion greens, or kale.
Low in Oxalates
Lemons w/out Peel
Limes w/out Peel
Fresh Cilantro & Basil
Cabbage & Bok Choy
If you remove the skin from fruits like apples and cucumbers, they will be even lower in oxalic acid or oxalates. A great tasting and simple green juice recipe is cucumbers and fresh basil straight from the garden.
Be aware, the amount of oxalates in your green juices recipes will vary depending on the the way the food was grown.
The nutrient density of the soil, weather, and ripeness when picked all affect the oxalate content of fruits and vegetables.
For the best results, limit the amount of oxalates in your green juice recipes. Also, it might be wise to only consume 8 ounces of green juice at a time.