Celery juice has been all the rage lately, and possibly for good reason. (See my 6 favorite benefits below!) However, I’m not the biggest fan of celery’s flavor on its own, so I thought I’d share my new favorite juice recipe to make it more palatable.
I give you, Celery “Ginger-ade.”
When you pair a whole celery heart with some fresh cucumber, lemon, and ginger, plus a green apple for a little sweetness, it becomes a juice you’ll actually want to drink every day.
Benefits of Celery Juice
I first heard of drinking plain celery juice from Medical Medium. He believes that drinking straight-up celery juice may help to heal a number of conditions. While he recommends drinking celery juice on its own for the most potent results, he notes that you can also add other fruits and veggies, such as cucumbers and apples, to make it more palatable. Try the recipe below to get started!
As you get accustomed to drinking this juice, feel free to increase the amount of celery or cut back on the other ingredients to make it more celery-forward, if desired.
Here are 6 reasons to love celery juice:
- It may lower inflammation. Celery is loaded with antioxidants, including quecetin, caffeic acid, and ferulic acid. Antioxidants are thought to combat free radical damage that contributes to inflammation.
- It may help fight infections. Celery has been used to fight infection for centuries, because celery seed contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It’s also thought to help prohibit bacterial growth and boost the immune system.
- It may help to prevent liver disease. Since celery has diuretic properties, it’s thought to help flush toxins from the body and promote liver and kidney health.
- It may help lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Celery contains a unique compound called 3-n-butylphthalide (BuPh), which has been shown in studies (using celery seed extract as a supplement) to lower overall cholesterol and help with hypertension.
- It may reduce bloating (and urinary tract infections!). Celery has a diuretic effect on the body, which eliminates water retention and may help to boost digestion– all of which can lead to less bloating. Because it decreases uric acid and boosts urine production, it also can help to prevent urinary tract infections.
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How to Make Celery Juice
To make celery juice, all you need is a juicer or high-speed blender. I think the juicer is easier (I use this Breville juicer), but if you don’t want the extra appliance, use your blender instead.
To make celery juice in a juicer: Run 1 or 2 bunches of celery stalks through the juicer– which will extract the fiber and leave you with just the juice! I’ve found that a 2-pack of celery hearts makes about 16 ounces of juice. For a better tasting juice, try my recipe below.
To make celery juice in a blender: Blend the celery until it looks like a smoothie. You can add a splash of water if needed, but it’s probably best to use as little liquid as possible so that you don’t dilute the juice. (A high-speed blender like my Vitamix can blend veggies without added liquid– just use the tamper!) Pour the pureed celery juice into a nut-milk bag to strain out the pulp, then drink the juice that you squeezed out!
Can you Make Celery Juice Ahead of Time?
It is recommended that you drink fresh vegetable juice as soon as you make it, but if you’re rushed in the mornings you can make it up to 24 hours in advance and keep it in a tightly sealed mason jar in the fridge. If you use a masticating juicer, like my Omega juicer, your juice should last for up to 3 days. (I use my Omega juicer for juicing celery stalks, since they easily fit in the chute, but I don’t use it for other items because it takes too long to chop everything into skinny pieces!)
Celery Juice Side Effects
Whether you start with my recipe below, or dive head-first into drinking plain celery juice in the morning, here are some side effects that I’ve experienced myself.
- A dancing stomach. I’ve heard that celery juice can boost digestion by increasing the hydrochloric acid in your stomach. I can only guess that’s why my stomach felt like I had a baby kicking me in my intestines for the first week or two of drinking celery juice. (If you’ve ever been pregnant before, it literally felt like a baby kick!)
- A laxative effect. If you tend to be constipated, I would think this might help. Salt water is considered a laxative, and since celery is loaded with natural salts and very hydrating, I can only assume that’s why it had an almost-immediate laxative effect for me after drinking it.
Other than that, the other side effects I experienced were all positive– I felt less bloated and had less cravings for sweets, so I can’t complain! I hope you’ll try this juice recipe soon, and let me know how it makes YOU feel.
Celery Ginger Juice Recipe
- 1 small bunch celery (or 1 heart)
- 1/2 English cucumber
- 1 large green apple
- 1/2 lemon
- 1 -inch knob of ginger
- If your juicer has a "high" and "low" setting, run the celery and cucumber through first on the LOW setting.
- Then switch it to HIGH and run the apple, lemon and ginger through the juicer.I like to sandwich the piece of ginger between the apple and lemon so that it stays put and is easier to juice.
- Drink the juice right away, or save it in an airtight mason jar for up to 24 hours in the fridge.
For one batch: Calories: 154, Fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 2g
Feel free to change this recipe as needed. Please leave a comment below if you try something different. We can all learn from your experience!
Reader Feedback: Have you tried plain celery juice? Or green juice in general? I used to be scared to add celery to my juices, but now I’m really enjoying this particular combination!