This detox juice recipe is an easy and delicious way to get more vitamins and minerals into your day. It would take hours to chew all of this fresh produce, but juicing it helps you get the nutrition in an easy, drinkable form. It’s like drinking a liquid vitamin!
Why Make Green Juice?
It may sound counter-intuitive to remove the fiber from fresh produce. After all, isn’t fiber a good thing? Yes, of course it is. However, most people who drink juice are probably also getting plenty of fiber from a healthy diet during the rest of the day, too.
People who make fresh juice are usually trying to consume additional nutrients without activating the digestive system. (When there’s no fiber, there’s not much else to digest.) Most people aren’t getting enough nutrients from their diets alone (source), so juicing is one way to boost your nutrient intake.
Benefits of Juicing
With this boost of nutrition, may come some health benefits, too. There still needs to be more research done on the benefits of juicing, but here’s what I’ve found so far:
- Research shows that drinking juice made from fresh fruits and vegetables could improve your antioxidant and folate levels, including important vitamins like C and E.
- One large study also suggests that drinking juice 3 times a week may be helpful in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, when compared to drinking juice less than once a week.
- A review of several studies has linked juicing with a lower risk of heart disease, because the fruit and vegetable juice may help to lower homocysteine levels and markers of oxidative stress. (A high level of homocysteine in the body is a risk factor for heart disease.)
If nothing else, I definitely notice a boost in my energy levels when I drink a fresh vegetable juice like this one on a regular basis.
When Should I Drink a Detox Juice?
I think it’s best to drink juice on an empty stomach, so I usually have it in the morning, before I eat anything else for breakfast. (I have it before my vegan latte, too!)
In theory, drinking a juice can help extend the “fast” you experience between dinner in breakfast (mostly while you’re sleeping), so if you’re into intermittent fasting juicing can be one way to help you feel satisfied before you dive into your first meal of the day. I’m not sure all intermittent fasting experts would agree that juicing constitutes as “fasting,” but when I practiced intermittent fasting myself, I would consider my morning juice to be part of my fasting window.
Can I Use a Blender to Make Juice?
A juicer separates the fiber from the liquid and nutrients, while a blender pulverizes all of those ingredients together. Unless you decide to strain the mixture later, using a blender creates a smoothie, which includes the fiber, so you’ll wind up with a thicker and heartier drink.
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This particular combination might not be very palatable as a smoothie, because this much celery will probably make the texture unpleasant. I have several healthy smoothie recipes if you would rather start with a recipe that is tried-and-true.
That being said, you can blend this recipe together (with a little water if you need to) and then strain the smoothie using a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer if you want to use your blender at home to make this juice recipe.
Are Juice Cleanses Healthy?
I think juice cleansing may be helpful in certain situations, and I’ve tried it in the past, but for the average person it’s probably not necessary. Drinking only juice for 3 to 10 days doesn’t teach you lasting lifestyle habits, and that’s what is necessary if you’re hoping to lose weight or would like to see lasting health benefits, in general. In my experience, attempting drastic cleanses usually just leads to a pattern of yo-yo dieting and binge eating, and it took me years to get over that myself.
Instead, I’d recommend trying to add this detox juice recipe to your usual routine, until it becomes a habit. That’s how I approach “detoxing” in my day-to-day life, anyway. By eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and less processed foods, you’ll lighten the load on your body’s detox organs, like the liver and kidneys.
The body already has everything it needs to detox on a daily basis, so consuming nutrient-rich foods just helps support that process. I hope you’ll enjoy this “detox” juice as a regular part of your routine, too.
Which Juicer is Best?
I’ll cover my two favorite juicers soon, but in my humble opinion the best juicer to buy is one that you can afford and will use regularly. I own more than one juicer, but the one I use most often is my Breville Juice Fountain because it’s fast to use and easy to clean.
It also happens to be the cheapest juicer I own, so that’s a win-win if you’re in the market for a juicer, too.
How to Make Detox Juice (2-minute video):
Detox Juice (like Drinking a Liquid Vitamin!)
- 1 English cucumber
- 1 head of celery (about 6 stalks)
- 1 small handful of Italian parsley
- 1 apple
- 1 small lemon (or half of a large one; no need to peel it)
- 1 inch knob of fresh ginger (no need to peel)
- If your juicer has two speeds, start on low. Run the cucumber through the juicer, followed by the celery and parlsey together to help prevent the parsley from flying around in the chute. (This is only an issue when using a centrifugal juicer.)
- Switch the speed to high, then juice the apple, ginger, and lemon. I like to sandwich the ginger between the apple and lemon, so that it won't fly around in the chute or go into the pulp basket before it hits the blade of the juicer.
- Stir the juice well, and then drink it right away. If using a centrifugal juicer, you can store the juice for up to 24 hours in the fridge in an airtight container. If using a masticating juicer, you can store the juice in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 72 hours. Either way, make sure you fill the container all the way to the top, so that no air is left inside to help slow down the oxidation process.
Detox Juice Nutrition (for the whole batch): Calories: 183, Fat: 1g, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 4g
- This juice recipe can be adapted to use any other fresh produce you have on hand. Romaine lettuce juices well if you’re short on cucumbers, and you can add carrots or raw beets to your juice for some more color, too!
- When I have kale on hand, I’ll sometimes add that to this juice, too. Just one or two stalks is plenty, or it can start to overwhelm the flavor.
If you try this recipe, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like it. And if you make any modifications, please share how that works for you, too! We can all benefit from hearing about your experience.
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