This healthy juice recipe is so easy to make, packed with nutrients, and totally delicious. Do your body good and make some today!
Have you gotten into juicing yet? It’s been trending for quite a few years now (and for good reason) with juice bars popping up everywhere. You don’t have to drain your wallet for a fantastic boost of nutrition, though. Making juice at home is easy and fun!
I first got into juicing quite a few years ago. We got a nice juicer at the time and used it regularly for a couple of years. Then, we had kids, life just sort of happened, and we fell out of the habit of juicing.
After being diagnosed with cancer in February, though, I hopped back on the juice train – full steam ahead. I have fresh juice nearly every day now. So, I thought I would share one of my favorite recipes that is not only delicious, but has numerous cancer fighting properties.
- Green apple
There are so many benefits to juicing, it would be difficult to list them all in a single blog post. Here are a few benefits associated with the items used in this particular juice.
- When people think of cancer fighting juice, carrots are often the first thing that come to mind. Carrots are packed with beta-carotene and vitamin A, which are antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect your cells from damage and have been known to lower the risk for numerous diseases, including cancer.
- In vitro studies (test tube) have shown compounds within carrot juice can trigger cancer cell death (apoptosis).
- Beets have many health benefits, including the ability to lower blood pressure, as well as a number of anti-inflammatory properties.
- Studies in isolated human cells and rats have shown that the pigments in beets (betalains) may help reduce the growth of cancer cells.
- Celery is right up there with carrots when it comes to health benefits. It is packed with antioxidants, which (like carrots) protect your cells, organs, and blood vessels from free radicals.
- Celery also has many anti-inflammatory compounds, which can protect against inflammation within the body. It’s also low on the glycemic index, and therefore, won’t dramatically spike your blood sugar.
Note: I don’t use fresh juice as a substitute for whole food, but rather, as a supplement. While there are a lot of benefits to juicing, there are just as many benefits to eating whole foods. So, don’t replace your fruits and veggies with just juice!
What Juicer to Use
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There are two main types of juicers out there – centrifugal and slow-masticating.
Centrifugal juicers work by using centrifugal force. They chop the produce and spin it very quickly in order to extract the juice. If you are a beginner, or not too sure about juicing, a centrifugal juicer would be a good place to start. They are more affordable than slow masticating juicers, however, there are a couple of pitfalls.
Centrifugal juicers do not tend to do well juicing leafy greens, such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc. They also tend to produce some heat because of how fast they spin. This means that some of the nutrients from your produce may be destroyed in the process, and your juice will have a shorter shelf life than that from a slow masticating juicer.
Again, though, if you are just starting out, a centrifugal juicer would be a great option. Breville has a number of high quality, centrifugal juicers.
Slow masticating juicers work by pressing and crushing the produce against an auger and through a shield to extract the juice. These are generally considered a bit superior to centrifugal juicers because they do not produce much heat. Therefore, all of the nutrients stay in tact, and your juice will have a slightly longer shelf life. Slow masticating juicers are pricier, though, and a bit slower.
We have an Omega Juicer and really enjoy it. It’s fairly quiet, easy to operate, and easy to clean, as well.
So, let’s get to juicing, shall we?!
Healthy Juice Recipe
- The first thing you want to do is wash and chop your all your produce. To make about 8-12 ounces of juice, I use 2 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 1/4 – 1/2 of a beet, half a lemon, and half of a green apple. Make sure to chop your items small enough to feed into the juicer. Remove ends of carrots and celery, as well as seeds from the apple.
- Turn your juicer on and feed your produce through slowly.
- Pour and enjoy!
Tell me, what’s your favorite healthy juice recipe?
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