So there are a million different ways to create a delicious freshly juiced morning cocktail, but there’s a few staples I seem to always go for!
Ginger– The only reason I would put it in is if I ran out! I love the zing it adds and how it makes everything taste so fresh. Aside from this, ginger has many benefits: ginger gets your digestive juices going, helping with absorption and digestion, meanwhile preventing gas. Ginger is well known for preventing nausea and has potent anti-inflammatory compounds making it great for aching joints.
Aside from adding to my juices, I use freshly grated ginger for many marinades, dressings, and sauces.
Celery– We all know celery is low in calories, but most of us probably don’t know that it is also high in antioxidants and phytonutrients. And although this highly alkalizing, low cal snack is mostly water, it also provides fiber to your diet. Celery is a diuretic, contains anti-inflammatory compounds and aids in digestion. Celery juice is also very hydrating due to its sodium and potassium content. BONUS: a 2005 study showed that celery proved to be a potent natural mosquito repellant! sweet!
Cilantro– Ah, Cilantro. I hear you either hate it or love it….and I LOVE it!
Cilantro is well know for it’s ability to detoxify , most notably, being able to bind to extremely toxic heavy metals and help eliminate them from the body. This immune boosting herb is loaded in antioxidants and phytonutrients, providing a variety of benefits including preventing anemia, reducing anxiety, aiding digestion, increasing HDL cholesterol, and providing natural antiseptic/anti fungal properties. Juicing is the best way to benefit from all that cilantro has to offer. If you’re not a fan of the taste, try juicing with other leafy greens and find a blend that works for you because you don’t want to miss out on this powerhouse herb.
Parsley– This fantastic herb is totally underrated. Parsley packs a HUGE nutritional punch and should be used way more in juicing, salads and making smoothies. Loaded with chlorophyll, Vitamin A, B, C, K, iron and folate, parsley contains a perfect combo to provide better iron absorption which is key for preventing anemia & keeping that hemoglobin count up. This immune boosting antioxidant provides relief from arthritis, bad breath (toxic colon), and urinary tract infections.
50 gams of parsley provides over 100% of your DV of Vitamin C, 85% of Vitamin A, and 17% of iron. EAT UP!
The high antioxidant properties of these ingredients are great for your skin as well. Beauty from the inside out 🙂
Here are a couple recipes for you to try. Remember, juicing is best on an empty stomach. Allow time for your body to absorb the nutrients. Best to drink immediately after juicing if you can, otherwise store in a glass mason jar with as little air as possible & put in the fridge.
Beets For Breaky: 3 celery, 1 carrot, 1/4 large beet, 1/2 inch ginger, handful of parsley & cilantro, 2 kale leaves & stem, 1 lemon, 1 small green apple
Morning Wake Up Call: 5 celery, 2 kale leaf & stem, 1 swiss chard leaf, 1 cup spinach, handful of parsley & cilantro, 2 small lemons, 1 small green apple, 1 inch ginger (2 servings)