Healthy Juice Recipes
What happens when you mix the colours orange and green? You get this weird colour called Cadmium. Yes, I had to Google it. Now I know.
But as they say — never judge a book by its cover. In fact, what this recipe may lack in looks makes up for it in health benefits.
The taste might be a bit challenging at first, but it’s not too hard to get used to. The second sip will taste better, and you’ll acquire a taste for it in no time. Especially knowing it comes packed with nutrients.
I used to add more carrots at first, as it makes it a bit sweeter. If you’re still getting used to green juices, you can do the same. It will look worse, but it will taste better.
This recipe combines multiple super-foods like the renowned kale, ginger and turmeric.
3 small | 350g
2 large | 350g
4 large leaves | 250g
½ a fruit | 70g
1 thumb-size piece | 30g
1 large finger | 15g
- Wash all ingredients thoroughly under running water.
- Peel the oranges and divide into wedges.
- Chop the carrots, lemon and ginger into a size that best works for your juicer.
- Chop the kale into small pieces — this helps reduce clogging or jamming of the juicer.
- Feed everything into your juicer, alternating between soft and hard ingredients.
- Juicify yourself!
- For full benefits, consume immediately or as soon as possible, but within 24 hours.
- Store in an airtight glass bottle or jar and refrigerate.
Health and Nutritional Benefits
- Oranges are a good source of vitamin C. These are important for boosting our immune system. Vitamin C protects us from infections and common colds amongst other things.
- Antioxidants in oranges protect us from cancer. The citrus limonoids fight off cancer cells, especially in lung, breast and stomach.
- They reduce cholesterol by helping with the unclogging of the arteries. They also ward off heart attacks and strokes and improve blood circulation.
- Oranges have been found to help with eye health and improved vision. They prevent age-related eye diseases and blindness. Oranges are also great for producing collagen which prevents hair loss.
- Oranges may help lowering blood pressure and stabilizing blood sugar levels.
- Carrots reduce cholesterol levels and prevent heart disease.
- Carrots are high in potassium, which improves blood flow and circulation and lowers blood pressure.
- The amount of fibre found in carrots helps in maintaining a healthy digestive system. Fibre helps with constipation and prevents related stomach problems.
- Carrots contain beta-carotene which reduces the risk of several cancers, such as lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer.
- Vitamin A found in carrots is useful for improving eyesight. Vitamin A helps in maintaining a healthy complexion, preventing acne and dry skin. It is also vital for healthy skin, hair and nails.
- Carrots regulate blood sugar.
- Kale is a very nutrient dense food, and like all other cruciferous vegetables, it comes with a long list of health benefits.
- Kale is a potent anti-inflammatory and helps fight a large number of chronic conditions.
- Kale has anti-cancer effects. Isothiocyanates in kale help in the prevention and even reverse certain cancer cell growth.
- Potassium in kale improves blood circulation and lowers cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It also enhances bone density and muscle mass.
- It helps to remove toxins from the body, aids in maintaining a healthy heart and a healthy vision amongst other things.
- Kale is also excellent for improving eyesight and brain functionality.
- The source of Vitamin C in lemons helps in treating scurvy and asthma, helps to maintain a healthy immune system and improves blood circulation and prevents blood clots that cause strokes. It also fights off free radicals which are known to cause cancer.
- Lemons detox the liver by dissolving the uric acid and other toxins harmful to the liver.
- The citric acid and potassium in lemons aid our digestive system, ease constipation and help to dissolve kidney stones.
- The powerful antioxidants in lemons promote mucous membrane health, improve skin health, and eyesight.
- Lemons are also excellent for fighting off headaches, cold, flu, and other infections. They also combat fatigue and bad breath.
- Ginger is incredible with healing digestive problems. It eases painful and uncomfortable conditions like constipation, bloating, nausea, period cramps, motion sickness and loss of appetite.
- Ginger promotes sweat which is very important. Sweat cleans out pores and eliminates toxins from the body. Sweat creates a layer over our bodies which protects us from bacteria and infections.
- Ginger stabilizes the sugar levels in our blood and reduces the risk of cholesterol.
- Ginger is a natural pain reliever, which also fights off bacteria and inflammations.
- This root is often used for treating cold and flu.
- Ginger fights against blood clotting which will help with the prevention of strokes and heart attacks.
- It helps to boost the immune system and gets rid of harmful toxins in our bodies.
- Ginger has been found to delay the growth of colorectal cancer.
- Turmeric thins our blood and prevents blood clots from forming which leads to blood circulation problem and also strokes and heart attacks.
- Turmeric assists in treating inflammation and also relieves pain.
- Antioxidants in turmeric fight off damages to the liver and detoxify it resulting in better liver function.
- Curcumin fights off cancer cells and prevents new ones from forming.
- Turmeric aids in keeping a healthy digestive system and fights off irritable bowel syndrome and also gut inflammation.