Juice your way to better health

nutritious and healthy juicing recipeI’ve had a Breville juicer for a couple of years now and I get excited each spring when I haul it out of storage. I know I should drink fresh juices year-round, but eating fresh and healthy in the middle of winter is sometimes depressing for me – at times I’d rather tuck into a plate of warm pasta and a giant hunk of garlic bread.

I think a juicer is a very valuable appliance to have in your home. One relatively inexpensive way to begin juicing is to see if you can find one off of freecycle.org – just to see if juicing is something that you think you’ll start to enjoy. Remember, though, that the more powerful the juicer (like the Breville Juice Fountain, which I have), the more juice your fruits and vegetables will yield; very important when buying more expensive organic produce. When selecting produce to juice, make sure to refer to the Dirty Dozen Guide put out by the Environmental Working Group to determine what fruits and vegetables are more likely to contain pesticides and chemicals.

Juicing is a great way to get in tons of nutrients and vitamins, for both adults and kids. It’s amazing what kind of veggies you can “hide” in a juice, while at the same time maintaining a cool Shrek-like green color that can be appealing to many youngsters.

One go-to recipe of mine is something that I can get my kids to drink without it being too sweet. Ingredients can be swapped or eliminated; part of the fun of juicing is seeing and tasting all of the different creations you can come up with!

For me personally, I prefer drinking fresh juice in the morning. I find that it keeps me full and peps me up a bit more than the heavier granola, brown rice cake/raw sunflower butter, or whole food bar that I usually eat.

This is a very basic recipe that I used for this juice, which changes each time I make it. If you can,

The basics:

6 stalks celery
4 medium apples
4-5 stalks kale 
6 carrots
1 lemon
1-2 inches of fresh ginger (gives it an extra kick!)

Juice, drink and enjoy!

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About Julie Hurley

A married mother of two young children, Julie Hurley is a freelance writer with a strong interest in natural living and is the Director of Public Relations at Principia Media. Visit her personal blog at: ourlunchbox.blogspot.com.