Juicing for Your Health

My dad first introduced me to juicing when I was very little (5ish) and I’ll never forget the smell or the taste of one of his mixtures –  it definitely included beets and garlic.. and I drank it right down. Oh yes, a glimpse into my vegetable-loving, all natural roots right there! :)

Experience and research really make me believe that one of the best things you can do for your health = JUICING!  Freshly made vegetable and fruit juices are packed with nutrients and enzymes that can easily and quickly be absorbed by your body. Anytime I’m feeling run down, one of the first things I’ll do is make a concoction of fresh fruits, vegetables and/or herbs. It  always makes me feel better! Juicing can also really help people dealing with serious and chronic health issues. There is pretty much a mixture out there for every health concern.

When it comes to juicing, it’s definitely best to use organic produce as much as possible. If you really can’t afford to go organic on items like apples and carrots then remove the skins prior to juicing.   Of course, vegetables juices are lower in sugar and lower in calories so it’s great to go heavier on the veggies and lighter on the fruit.  

Here are a few mixes to try, but the combinations are truly endless so great creative!

*All of the following recipes serve 1.

For Healthy Nails (this blend is especially high in silicon & potassium)

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium parnsip
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 small bunch watercress
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint (optional)

How to:

  1. Juice all ingredients
  2. Top with fresh mint
  3. Enjoy!

Healing Skin Tonic (high in vitamin A, vitamin C, selenium & zinc)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 grapefruit
  • 1 large slice pineapple
  • 1 kiwi
  • 2 oz raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 oz frozen cranberries
  • lime wedge

How to:

  1. Juice all ingredients
  2. Garnish with lime wedge
  3. Enjoy!

Skin Healer #2 (my absolute favorite)

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic carrot
  • 1 apple
  • 2 stalks celery
  • handful fresh parsley
  • fresh ginger (anywhere from centimeter to an inch, depending on how spicy you like it. Personally, I make it VERY spicy)

How to:

  1. Juice all ingredients
  2. Enjoy!

Green Energy Mix

Ingredients:

  • 1 -2  crowns (depending on size) of broccoli
  • 5 large leaves of kale
  • 2 celery stalks
  • handful fresh parsley
  • lemon and/or ginger (optional – for a kick)
  • apple and/or carrot (optional – for a little sweetness if you can’t fathom doing only greens)

How to:

  1. Juice all ingredients
  2. Enjoy!

The pics below are from making a carrot, celery and parsley juice… quite tasty!


20 comments

  1. Annie .. if you go on my facebook page I put up my dinner tonight..how I made it..was just unbelievably good.. As to these ingredients you have.. Lisa and I used to go to that store that GB worked for …it was in Garden City and we had shakes of these veggies and they were great…. Love You, hello to Dylan Hope you’re both well. Love XXXXXXX OOOOOOOO MOM

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe for healthy skin and nails.

    Also, I just wanted to share that if a person can’t obtain organic produce, there’s a fruit and vegetable cleaner that does a phenomenal job of cleaning the pesticides off of the food. It’s Kosher too. It’s called Environne.

    I purchased it at a supermarket and was delighted with the results. Normally if I eat apples for example, my gums itch. Now, that I clean with Environne. it doesn’t happen anymore.

    Michelle

  3. Ooh, thanks so much for these! I used to love doing this, but have fallen off the bandwagon lately. I’ve no excuse now with this post :) I agree nothing like fresh, raw juice – it just makes you feel so much better!

  4. My husband used to do this every weekend – usually just with carrots, apples, oranges and lemons – and I loved it but he’s become lazy lately! It really is the best, I love fresh juice!

  5. I’ve been thinking I need to get a juicer for a while now. Your recipes sound so healthy and delicious! My mom is always making juice for us when I visit her. Maybe I should take the next step and buy my own machine. Thanks for sharing, Annie!

    xo
    Valerie

  6. Annie my parents were/are big time juicers too – and the Chef is on the bandwagon full steam ahead. I love the skin and nail ones you’ve posted. I’m trying that skin one ASAP!!

    xoxo,
    Carrie

  7. Great recipes. When I visit my parents my mom is always making apple/carrot or watermelon/ginger juice. I wish I had someone to make me a glass everyday :)
    naina

  8. Are we apart of the same family? haha my family juices too…well mainly my dad. These recipes here are great! I didn’t know what things specifically would help certain things, so thank you!

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