Thanks to my in-laws touting the benefits of juicing, Harry and I have been into it for about a year now. Juicing is a delicious and healthy way to get the nutrients from raw veggies and fruits into your body. From my personal experience, it has (among other benefits) increased my energy, reduced aches and pains, and given me clearer skin.
Green juice (with kale, romaine, celery, cucumber, green apple, lemon, and ginger) is what we drink nearly everyday, but once and a while I like to change it up! Today I’ll share with you a recipe for a spicy and energizing anti-inflammatory juice.
We use this Omega brand masticating juicer, and just love it! Masticating juicers slowly crush and squeeze the produce to maximize the nutrients you get out of your juice. We chose this type over a centrifugal juicer, which produces a higher juice volume, but uses blades to quickly chop up the produce. Some say this latter type of juicer destroys many of the beneficial nutrients. You can read more about these two types of juicers here and see which one works best for you!
Before you get started, here are some helpful tips that I’ve learned in order to make a healthy glass of juice: - Be sure to rinse produce thoroughly. - Use organic produce (and local if and when possible). - Store juice in the fridge and drink within 48 hours of making. - Use more veggies than fruit!
This juice has a variety of anti-inflammatory ingredients, the most predominant being cantaloupe, ginger, and turmeric. Anti-inflammatory foods, as the name states, reduce inflammation in your body. Some say that inflammation in our bodies is the root cause of many of our health problems! Lemon also adds a delicious tang and vitamin C, celery is high in Vitamin K (good for your heart and more!), and cucumber contains antioxidant nutrients. This is more of a fruit-inclined juice, so I wouldn’t recommend this as an everyday juice due to the sugar content.
My recipe calls for coconut water, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can use regular filtered water. However, coconut water has the added benefit of potassium and antioxidants.
You’ll need: 1 cantaloupe 4 stalks of celery 1/2 cucumber 1 lemon 2 inch piece of fresh ginger 4 oz. coconut water 2 tsp ground turmeric
Process first 6 ingredients in juicer. If you like a smoother, less pulpy juice, strain the juice through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer at this step. Add turmeric and whisk. Serve chilled.
Makes two 12 oz. servings.
Cheers to a happy, healthy weekend!