Everyone around the world knows that it is important to take good care of your health and one way to do it is from the inside. You are what you eat so you need to consume good food that will provide you with good nutrition.
If you find it hard to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables, here are seven quick and easy juice recipes that you can follow to kickstart a healthier lifestyle.
The Classic Green Juice
When you think of juicing, the ingredients that come into mind are spinach and kale but that is because these two leafy vegetables are perfect for juices. They have an acquired taste so they are mostly consumed cooked but that can affect the nutritional value of the greens.
If you want to consume more raw spinach and kale, you can try adding them to your juice so that you can enjoy all the great benefits.
To make this classic green juice, you will need to blend together four handfuls of spinach, a large handful of chopped kale leaves, one large cucumber, one medium-sized carrot, one apple, and half of a lemon that has been peeled.
Add some water so that the ingredients blend smoothly but do not add too much or you will lose the flavour. Serve with some ice and you have yourself a nice glass of green juice that will provide you with your daily dose of vitamins and minerals.
Spinach, Apple, and Ginger Juice
Another juice recipe that calls for spinach is this one that combines the vegetable with the sweetness of apples and the warmth of ginger. Using apples in juices will help to mask any bitterness that you might taste from any leafy vegetables, so it is recommended that you use really sweet ones.
There is also the citrusy tang from the lemon and oranges which will help tone down the spiciness of the ginger. Overall, this juice will provide tons of vitamins and antioxidants.
If you want to try to make this juice, all you need is six handfuls of spinach, two medium-sized apples, a small chunk of peeled ginger, two whole lemons, and two whole oranges.
Remember to peel the lemons and oranges so that you do not get the bitter pits in your juice. Blend everything in a blender with some water and serve in a glass with some ice.
Morning Boost Juice
The best time to consume your freshly made juice is in the morning because it can provide you with all the energy that you need to start the day. This juice will help give you the much-needed boost of energy so that you do not feel tired in the morning.
There is a slight bitterness to the juice, but it is overall masked by the sweetness and tanginess of the apple and the lime.
Start your day right and make this juice by combining one medium size beet that has been peeled with two large stalks of celery. Add in one large apple and a whole lime that has been peeled. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend till everything is smooth.
You might need a bit of water to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly blended. Serve with some ice and enjoy all the goodness that this bright red juice has to offer.
Pineapple with Greens Juice
Another sweet fruit that you can add to juices is pineapple because it has a very strong flavour that can easily cover up any bitterness so that you can consume your green juices with ease.
The pineapples are also great frozen so if you want cold juices, you can place your pineapple chunks in the freezer to get them nice and cold. This will always save you the effort of putting ice once your juice is ready.
Since pineapples are very sweets, that gives us the opportunity to add some strong flavours into the juice. Try blending the pineapple with about six cups of chopped kale, a handful of cilantro leaves, and half a cucumber. If you feel like you need a little more sweetness, you can add in one medium-sized apple.
Cilantro is great for reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of heart diseases, but you normally would not drink cilantro because of its strong taste. The pineapple will help to cover the taste up so that you can consume the green and get all the great benefits of cilantro.
Celery, Carrot, and Apple Juice
Celery juice is the new superfood, and it has a ton of benefits like reducing inflammation, high blood pressure, and even high cholesterol.
However, not everyone is a fan of the taste so if you want to get the benefits of celery juice but cannot deal with the strong taste, you can give this recipe a try. By covering up the taste of the celery with some apples and lemons, you can easily down glasses of this healthy concoction.
To make this juice, blend together three large stalks of celery with two medium-sized apples and one peeled lemon. Since there is already a lot of sweetness going on, you can also add in a handful of fresh parsley to give the juice an extra boost of nutrients.
Blend everything with half a cup of water and once everything is well blended, serve the juice with some ice.
ABC (Apple, Beet, and Carrot) Juice
The name of the juice says it all! This sweet blend of apple, beets, and carrots makes for a great health drink that is even loved by the younger crowd.
The sweet flavour is just one of the good things about this juice because it is also packed with vitamins. The bright colour is also another good thing because it can help attract the attention of even the pickiest of eaters.
You can make this for both you and your kids by blending one small apple with four carrots and one cup of chopped beets. While the beet is already enough to brighten the drink, you can also use purple carrots instead of regular carrots if you want a deeper shade of purple.
Serve the blended ingredients over ice and watch as your entire family consume their daily dose of fruits and vegetable with ease. If you are making this for young kids, you can just serve the juice without the pulp, or blend till it is really fine to avoid choking on the ingredients.
Ginger and Pear Juice
You might not know this, but ginger has tons of health benefits, including relieving nausea and irritation in the gastrointestinal area. They are great in your meals but even better in juices because you can absorb the nutrients a lot faster and easier.
You also will not need much ginger to get its benefits if you decide to include them in your juices. Just 1 or 2 slices of ginger would be plenty in a glass of juice.
One great juice recipe that includes ginger is this one that blends a thick slice of ginger with two medium-sized parsnips and two medium-sized pears that have been cored.
If you are brave enough, you can just consume it as is but a better way to have this juice is by mixing the blended mixture with some carbonated water. The result is a fizzy juice that is similar to ginger ale and works as a healthier alternative to any carbonated soda.