healthy habits

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!