Lunchtime Juice Recipe: Swiss Chard, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber and Apple

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For the last 3 weeks I have been participating in a 8-Week Health Challenge. The challenge includes forming better daily habits such as, not eating sweets, drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day, being active for a minimum of 30 minutes per day (I’ve been trying for an hour), eating a total of 5 servings of fruits & veggies each day as well as a few other goals. I’ve decided to revert back to a mostly Paleo diet, as that worked for me two years ago and with that, I started juicing again.

Juicing is a fantastic way to get vegetable and fruit servings in, as well as a very healthy way to blast your system with easily digestible vitamins and phytonutrients (a beneficial substance found in plants that is believed to help prevent diseases). I like to juice at least a couple times a week over lunchtime. It’s always surprising how filling the juice is and what an energy rush I get from having it.

Here is the latest juice I made and it was so tasty I had to share it on the blog.

Organic Ingredients:

  • 2 Carrots (rich in vit. A, C, K, B8 as well as folate, potassium, iron, copper and manganese)
  • 1 Apple (rich in antioxidants, as well as a great source of vit. C)
  • 3 Celery stalks (a wonderful source of vit. K, A, C and also contains folate & potassium)
  • A Bundle of Swiss Chard (a great source of vit. A, K & C as well as potassium, iron & magnesium)
  • 1 Whole Cucumber (full of vit. K, C, B1 as well as copper, potassium, manganese & biotin)

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Don’t forget to add some water to your juice and mix well before drinking.

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The juice turned out to be a dark brownish green (not the prettiest juice I’ve ever made), but the flavor was wonderful and all of the ingredients complimented each other well. No one ingredient overpowered the others.

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One tip I have is to line your juicer “waste bin” with a plastic bag. The pulp will gather in the bag for a super quick clean up.

To see what other healthy meals I’ve been eating over the last few weeks, check out my Instagram. To see my other favorite juicing recipes, click here.

All products used in this post were generously provided by Lakewinds Food Co-op.

Start Your Week Off Right with This Veggie Juice Recipe

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Over the weekend I made this veggie juice recipe. I pretty much used whatever I had on hand as well as what my garden was ready to give me. **All ingredients are organic**

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole beet
  • 5 tomatoes (even though only 4 are pictured)
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • About 1 cup of spinach
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • Optional: 1 jalapeño (I didn’t add it in this time because the little one was having juice, but I really enjoy juiced jalapeño).

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If you are not a fan of beets, try only adding half of a beet instead, as the flavor is a bit overpowering. Next time I would add 2-3 garlic cloves instead of one. And maybe two carrots instead of four. If I would have had a cucumber, I would have added that as well. It’s fun to play around with different fruits and veggies – I have never made a juice I didn’t like.

What ingredients are in your favorite homemade juice?

Take care, Stephanie

Start Your Morning Off Right with Cucumber, Kale, Apple and Carrot Juice *Recipe*

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This morning I put together a new juice for breakfast and it turned out delicious.

Organic Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a large cucumber
  • 1 apple
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 stalks of kale
  • 10 grapes (optional)

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I made the juice with just the first four ingredients and tasted it. Then I saw I had some cleaned grapes on the counter so I tossed those in as an afterthought. The grapes gave the juice some additional sweetness that it was lacking, but it definitely had good flavor before the grapes so they are not necessary.

Most of the juices I have made over the years were made with whatever ingredients at I had on hand. I cannot remember a time that I had a juice turn out bad. Please be comfortable with experimenting with your juicer!

Enjoy!

What is your favorite juice?

Take care, Stephanie

Cabbage Juice

As delicious as a cabbage juice sounds, you have to know that cabbage (pH 5.20-6.80) is amazing.  For instance, raw cabbage:

  • detoxifies the stomach and upper bowels faciliating rapid elimination
  • alkalinizes the body
  • stimulates the immune system
  • kills harmful bacteria and viruses
  • improves circulation

Raw spinach (pH 5.50-6.80) is one of the best cures to constipation and bowel cleansing, inflammation, and repair of the colon.  Because it is rich in iron anc chlorophyll it helps build healthy blood.

Carrots (pH 4.55 – 6.10) are amazing at cleansing almost every system in the body while delivering an array of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to cells giving them the fuel they need to wash away all the yucky stuff and rebuild healthy cells.

This juice was okay and could be modified with more carrots or apples as your tastes desire.

The ingredients:
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1/8 cabbage
1 handful fresh spinach leaves
2 carrots
2 apples

Grapefruit – Carrot – Ginger Super Juice

Grapefruit (pH 3.00 – 3.75) has cleansing qualities that break up fatty build up in your arteries and flushes it away.  The acid that does this you cannot find anywhere else.  Not only that butgrapefruitcarrotgingering this citrus friend of ours has proved to one of the most valuable fuits that aids in the removal of inorganic calcium that may have formed deposits in the joints (arthritis) as a result of over consumption of white flour and pasturized milk products.

Carrots (pH 4.55 – 6.10) are amazing at cleansing almost every system in the body while delivering an array of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes to cells giving them the fuel they need to wash away all the yucky stuff and rebuild healthy cells.

Ginger also has an array of digestive benefits and healing qualities as well has tastes great!

The result: one very tasty detoxifying juice!

The ingredients:

2 Grapefruit (skinned)
4 Carrots
Chunk of Ginger

Quick Tip:  Peeling grapefruit can be very time consuming and discouraging for use in juice recipes.  You could use a citrus juicer to get the fresh juice and then add that to the “juiced” ingredients OR simply cut off the skin and add it to your power juicer with the other ingredients.  I prefer cutting the skin off as it literally takes a fraction of the time (20 sec) it would to hand squeeze and I don’t have to wash up the citrus juicer!

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