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Surprisingly sweet, totally refreshing, and does a body good...still need convincing?

At first glance a murky green concoction may not look so appetizing.  I don't know how many times I've offered it to friends only to get a panicked "No...no...really no, that's okayyyy!" in response.  So let me start with this disclaimer: this juice really does taste good! 

After a few days of not being able to get enough of the stuff during a spa vacation, I decided I'd pay attention to the ingredients and I've been making it myself ever since.  The spa had creatively named it something that highlighted it's beauty-boosting properties; apparently it's great for the skin (grape seed extract is widely used in cosmetic skincare products) and for generally flushing the body of those pesky toxins that cause us to look run-down.  I'm also really partial to this juice because, unlike some of the other popular juices out there that have a naturally higher sugar and fiber content, this has all the antioxidants without making you have to skip a meal to enjoy it.  I love to start my day with a glass first thing in the morning, or for an extra boost before a workout.  

This recipe will get you 12-16 oz. of juice (depending on your juicer and content of ingredients) and comes in at approximately 130 calories total.  Always opt for fresh, organic produce and make sure to wash thoroughly before juicing:

1/2 a medium Golden Delicious (or other green variety) apple
1 1/2 - 2 cups green grapes (with the seeds if available)
1 medium cucumber
3-4 stalks celery
A handful of kale (about 4 leaves)

I like to toss in a couple spoons of Chia seeds for even more antioxidant power, but don't do this if you're not planning on drinking right away since Chia seeds expand and turn into a gel when soaked in liquid (also factor the additional calories if you're counting).

Time to dust off that juicer and get to it!