“Drink your greens” is a common slogan these days among anyone planning a detox or simply wishing to incorporate more leafy vegetables in their diet. The trouble is, most of the green juices on the market these days are, well, cold. Don’t get us wrong, we enjoy a refreshing glass of fresh pressed green juice just as much as the next person does, but we also love our daily ritual of sipping on something warm, satisfying, and wholly delicious too. BRU Hot Greens is our version of a savory green juice. A no-nonsense warm beverage that skips the added sugar and heads straight to the advantages of drinking, well, green juice.
Think we’re crazy? Think again. The purpose of juicing is in line with the mantra of many bone broth believers: make what you drink as important as what you eat. By drinking high-density nutritional beverages on a daily basis, you allow the body to extract as many vitamins and minerals with minimal stress to the digestive tract. Combining fresh pressed green juices with bone broth was a logical step in creating the ultimate health and wellness beverage. After a little experimenting with juice blends and quantities, we had it: BRU Hot Greens.
The base always starts from organic, pasture raised chicken bone broth that has been simmered for over 24 hours. Low in calories but rich in glycine, proline, glycosaminoglycans (i.e. glucosamine), gelatin, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, the foundation of our “green juice” offers a solid block of nutrition for gut, bones, and mind.
Now, to get to the green…
We are proud to state that we source “ugly” vegetables for our fresh pressed juice whenever possible (hey, there is an epidemic of food waste in our country and we are not about to add to it) which, if you haven’t heard, are nutritionally equivalent to all the pretty ones you see on the supermarket shelf. We start with kale, which is high in iron, calcium, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Interestingly, it is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which is known to help with arthritis, asthma, and autoimmune disorders. Part of the cruciferous vegetable family, kale may help increase the body’s ability to detoxify, and is the reason why nearly 100% of the green juices out there contain this ingredient (trust us, just look at the ingredient list).
Next, we have spinach. Containing magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, calcium, Vitamin B6, niacin, zinc, and potassium, there is a reason Popeye made this edible flowering plant synonymous with strong. Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, this vegetable is good for your entire body. Finally, we just couldn’t make a green juice without parsley! Part of the Apiaceae family, this herb contains essential oils known as carminatives, which help relax the stomach, relieve gas, and aid in digestive stimulation. Then, to build a little more depth in our drink, we added fennel (which you can read about in our Beet Blush here…because, yes, we are obsessed with it) and a bit of green onion for bite. And the “hot” part? Well, there is a gentle press of jalapeno pepper in there too. Containing a chemical known as capsaicin, this “heat” element may burn your tongue but also burns away stored fat in your body. Used as an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory agent in some cultures (who would have thought?), new scientific studies have shown it can help treat pain as well as increase metabolism and burn fat reserves.
Oh, the health benefits of drinking some Hot Greens. What’s not to love? Kale, spinach, parsley, fennel, green onion and jalapeno meets chicken broth. This is detoxification at it’s best.
– The BRU BRU
And here’s a tip: Add a tablespoon of your favorite pastured butter and watch how your Hot Greens bone broth elevates to another, velvety taste dimension.