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.
- 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)
Don’t forget to add some water to your juice and mix well before drinking.
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.
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.
All products used in this post were generously provided by Lakewinds Food Co-op.