Sometimes there’s nothing more refreshing then a smoothie, especially after those hot morning spring and summer runs, or those afternoon runs. But there’s also something refreshing about fresh juice. I mean the kind you make yourself, not a bottled juice from the store.
Juicing has many health benefits and there’s no better time to juice then when the temperatures warm up and the produce is abundant. Once spring and summer roll around there’s so many great vegetables and fruits in season, making juicing even more nutritious, because the nutritional value of in season produce is greater.
I find that a few days of juicing is great for resetting and cleansing the body. I also believe that adding fresh juice into your everyday life is a great way of getting much needed nutrients, and your daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables in just one go.
Making your own juice is far more nutritious and has less sugar. If you hate the clean up I did a post with tips on making juicing easier and the clean up faster. And you can even use the pulp in your cooking, so there is less waste. It’s also great for composting and your garden.
One of my favorite juices is a carrot apple blend. Carrots and apples are sweet, thus using carrots and apples in your juicing if your new to juicing is a great option. It helps to tone down any bitter tastes from the green leafy vegetables and adds some sweetness to the drink. Carrot is great to work with. It’s always fun coming up with different combinations for juices. I encourage you to give it a try. Mixing in a fruit helps to counter those vegetables that are most despised or not as liked.
From spinach to kale, to beets to tomatoes, all are great drinkable when paired with the right vegetables and fruit. So get busy in the kitchen and make your own concoctions and try this simple juice to get your started. It’s my go to juice, because I tend to always have carrots, spinach and apples on hand.
What you’ll need:
- carrot – full of vitamin A and is a sweeter vegetable
- apple – sweetness to the drink
- celery – helps add water content to juice and tone down bitter flavors
- lemon – helps to neutralize tastes and your bodies pH
- spinach – healthy green
- ginger (optional) – great for inflammation and immune system
- 6-8 carrots
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 lemon, peeled and seeded
- 2 apples (most juicers don't require it to be cored, check to make sure)
- 4 c spinach
- piece of ginger
- Feed all vegetables and fruit through your juicer. It doesn't matter the order. I always do heavier first and then the lighter last.
- Stir and divide between two glasses or mason jars (if you want to take it with you to work)
- Storing in an air tight jar helps preserve the nutrients in the juice. Exposure to outside air (oxygen) slowly kills the nutrients and enzymes, which is why it's best to drink it right away.
Remember that exposure to outside air (oxygen) slowly kills the nutrients and enzymes, which is why it’s best to drink your juice right away. Enjoy!!
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit
Do you have a juicer? Do you like to juice?