It’s spring, which is exactly the time that we feel the innate desire to shed our winter layers and spring forth with a mighty leap. How do we do this? With good nutrition and plenty of spring foods. And with juice. For some reason, it’s all I’ve been craving lately.
Here are five amazing juice recipes. They’re all different, and, in some cases, use the weird odds and ends from your beets, carrots and fennel. Truly vegetarian nose-to-tail kitchen witchery. I juiced all these bad boys at the same time for a few days’ worth of juicy love.
Benefits of Juicing
- Nutrients delivered… fast. This is especially important for those with compromised digestive systems.
- Hydration. The water contained in fruits and vegetables is more similar to the structure of water in our cells, so juice is more hydrating than tap water.
- Beauty. See above. Have you ever noticed how great your skin looks when you’re drinking fresh pressed juices?
- Be sure to buy organic produce. Juicing concentrates both the nutrients and the toxins in every fruit and vegetable.
- Wash your fruits and veggies before juicing.
- All recipes are approximations – the amount of juice that you get from each “recipe” depends on the freshness of the produce you’re using and your juicer.
- Juicing doesn’t have to be expensive. As you’ll see below, I use the tops and greens from some of the veggies that I get in my delivery box.
- Cut down on the sugar in your juices by using one fruit per juice (if any).
Fennel, Carrot & Orange
This juice is like a feel good tonic. Carrots are a good source of vitamins A, C and the B complex, which help to improve the flow of bile to the liver. Fennel juice is calming to the digestive system and helps to relieve cramping, contains essential oils that reduce inflammation. The best way to drink vitamin C rich orange juice is to juice it fresh yourself to get all the anti inflammatory benefits and phytonutrients.
Use the tops from your bulb of fennel, plus one orange. Add 1-2 large carrots.
Pear, Celery & Kale
This juice will help you feel calm and blissed out. Celery juice is an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C, E, magnesium, iron, calcium. Produces a natural diuretic and relaxing effect, aids arthritis, appetite control, adrenal fatigue, headaches, dizziness and weight loss. Kale juice is rich in vitamins A, K, chlorophyll, iron, calcium, sulphur, potassium and vitamin C.
Use 1-2 leaves kale, 4-5 stalks of celery and one pear.
Beet, Apple & Carrot
This juice is liquid love for your liver. Beet juice is excellent for the liver and gallbladder and anemia. It helps to cleanse the blood and stimulate the lymph glands. Beet greens work as a blood cleansing tonic. Apple juice is good for the gallbladder and liver. It heals internal inflammation and lowers cholesterol. Be sure to juice the skins, too.
Use the greens and stalks of a bunch of beets, plus any weird beet tops you’ve trimmed. Add one beet, one apple and one carrot.
Carrot, Carrot Tops & Ginger
Carrot juice is used in the treatment of various types of cancer. Carrot juice helps to make your skin look fantastic, improve the flow of bile, reduce diarrhea and constipation. Its beta carotene is food for your eyes and skin. Ginger is a peripheral circulatory stimulant, which helps to increase circulation, especially to digestive organs. Careful when juicing the carrot tops, as some people may find that they are sensitive. Start small and go slowly for best results.
Use 4-5 carrots and as many of the greens as you can stand. Add a small, coin-sized piece of ginger.
Celery, Cabbage, Ginger, Parsley & Lemon
Not a damn fruit inside this baby, it’s the definition of a green juice. Cabbage acts as a healer of the digestive tract and is beneficial for stomach aches, ulcers and heartburn. It also helps to reduce eczema and balance hormones. Truly a beauty juice! Celery juice promotes good vibes, helping to reduce bloating, support the adrenals and aid in weight loss. Parsley juice is liquid love for your adrenals and thyroid, also producing diuretic effects and aiding in digestion. Lemon juice is a blood purifier and alkalizer.
Juice 3 celery stalks, 1-2 cabbage leaves, a coin-sized piece of ginger, a handful of parsley and a whole lemon.
Spring Transformation Detox – April 11-18, 2015
Each day we come in contact with harmful substances – from the foods we eat, the thoughts we think, the chemicals in our environment and homes, and even by-products of normal metabolism. Even if you live “clean,” it’s impossible to steer clear of every chemical. Spring is the time when your liver is most active, so it makes sense that a cleanse is in order! Join me on a guided detox to shed your winter skin and learn all the tools necessary for a happy, healthy spring. Contact me for more details.