I’ve been on the hunt for a delicious juice recipe that incorporates greens. I’m delighted to share this recipe that will lift your mood, give you energy and brighten your complexion.

This juice is PACKED with antioxidants. Let me share a little bit about why this is valuable. Antioxidants help fight oxidation, a normal chemical process that takes place in the body every day. It can be accelerated by stress, cigarette smoking, and alcohol. When there are disruptions in the natural oxidation process, highly unstable and potentially damaging molecules called free radicals are created. Oxygen triggers the formation of these destructive little chemicals, and, if left uncontrolled, they can cause damage to cells in the body. It’s much like the chemical reaction that creates rust on a bicycle or turns the surface of a cut apple brown.

Often people think they can simply pop a vitamin to get the nutrients they need, but studies show that taking an antioxidant supplement is not near as effective as eating antioxidant-rich foods. So here’s a drink for your health! I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Power Juice – Makes 2 servings

• 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries or blueberries
• 1 orange (peeled)
• 1 pear (an apple works well too)
• Juice of 1/2 lemon
• 2 collard green leaves
• 2-3 mint leaves
• 1 banana (optional)
• 1 cup of coconut water*
• Several ice cubes

Simply blend all ingredients and enjoy! A high-powered blender is helpful for creating a smooth texture.

*Coconut water can be purchased at your local Whole Foods store or coop or you can simply substitute filtered water.