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.

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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

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