Recipes for juice abound online, and it’s not hard to mix and match to create your own concoctions. Whether you are looking for juicer recipes for weight loss, juicing for energy or just good vegetable blends, you can find tons of recipes to satisfy your goals.
However, with carrot, apple and green drinks providing the backbone of juicer recipes on the ‘net, we at Best Juicer feel there are 3 ingredients you should be using in your juicing that might get overlooked. They’re not hard to find and will last in the fridge until you’re ready to commence juicing. Plus, they contain some of the greatest health benefits you can get from juice and make that readily available to your body through juice extraction.
Without further ado, here are three ingredients that you may not have thought could be the stars of the show:
Who knew Dwight Schrute was right? Turns out, beets are a wonderful source of some of the best benefits a raw-food and juicing diet can bring, including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. The Romans used beets to treat fevers and constipation and even as far back as the 1500s beets were used as a laxitave. However, we are just now beginning to understand how great their overall health benefits are. Beets are an effective blood and kidney cleanser and an excellent source of manganese, folate, potassium and vitamin C.
The goodness in one beet is powerfully concentrated, however, so it’s important to not drink straight beet juice. Large amounts has actually been known to cause heart palpitations as the nutrients are delivered to your bloodstream quickly. Be sure to mix it with other juices, like apple and carrot. One half of a medium-sized beet is sufficent for each juice serving.
The leaves can also be used in juicing recipes as a green. Obviously don’t cook the beets ahead of time to get the best nutrient bang for your buck!
Best Juicer Site Juice Recipe: Beet Juice Beta
The color is awful at the end but this provides a phenomenal nutrient punch. Sweet and jam-packed with beta carotene goodness. Blend in the blender with ice and a banana to turn this into a two-serving smoothie.
1/2 medium sized beet (plus leaves if available)
1 bunch of kale
2 medium apples
The unsung hero of the produce aisle, celery is way more than just a soup additive and peanut butter delivery agent. Celery falls into the rare category of “negative caloric”-foods in which it takes more calories for your body to burn than what you obtain from eating it. It’s cheap and easy to find and makes our list just because it needs to be in all juice recipes, period. Apple gets all the credit and celery does all the work. Which is a shame, because celery juice can be found in some of the best juicer recipes online.
Celery has awesome amounts of Riboflavin, Calcium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A and Pantothenic Acid. Celery adds fiber and water bulk to your juices and the seeds have been shown to lower blood pressure in rats. It has a calming effect and is a natural diuretic which help can flush toxins from the body. The stalks juice easily in any style of juicer with nearly no initial prep other than washing.
Best Juicer Site Juice Recipe: Celery Detox Delight
This clean and clear (as far as juices go) drink is great for flushing the toxins out and making you feel refreshed and hydrated. It can be blended with ice to extend the servings and will keep for at least 12 hours in the fridge. The cucumber adds an tiny, almost “melon” taste to the final product.
3 washed celery stalks
1 large cucumber
2 granny smith apples
Want to really ramp up the healthy hydration in your juice recipes? Add a half cup of fresh coconut juice to any drink that already contains a bit of sweetness. Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts and is best when used straight from the nut. This is different from the brown, husky bowling balls at the supermarket.
Just where in the heck do you get fresh coconuts if you don’t live in the tropics? They’re easier to locate than you think-Whole Foods carries Taiwan coconuts fresh (without the green husk) for around $3.00 each. They will keep in the fridge until ready for use and should likely be sterile if still sealed. Bottled coconut water is also available and will keep for up to two years if stored properly.
Coconut water is extremely low in cholesterol and a surprisingly great source of Vitamin C and Riboflavin. It contains a high amount of potassium and antioxidants and has even been used as a substitute to medical saline in developing countries if intrevenous hydration is needed.
Fresh Coconut water also contains a class of plant growth substances known as Cytokinins, which promote cell growth within the plant. It is still being researched whether or not this can benefit humans, with some claiming that cytokinins can have an anti-aging and anti-cancer effect.
Best Juicer Site Juice Recipe: Champion Coconut Water Blend
Cool and refreshing and full of electrolytes-think of this as the healthiest Sports Drink you can get. The celery and apple provides bulk and you can add water and ice to extend this if filling a sports bottle. Nearly everything goes with coconut water-you’d be surprised to find a fruit that doesn’t play well with this nutritious addition to any juicer recipe.
Bonus points if you can add in some of the soft coconut meat by throwing into a blender.
Half the liquid of one green coconut
2-3 small apples
2-3 stalks celery
2 cups filtered water
In closing, make sure you always have these 3 guys in stock in your juicing recipe arsenal. They pack all those hidden gems of nutrition and flavor and make juicing all the more interesting and enjoyable. Get creative and start making your own best juicer recipes and experiment with adding vegetables of your own and go get juicing!
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