I’ll be honest, I’ve been on a juice kick lately. It’s actually incredibly surprising how delicious juices of fruits and (especially surprising) veggies can be – and more importantly, how good drinking it can make you feel. Turns out, you feel great after drinking them for a reason. Shape magazine tells us “Fruit and vegetable juices, prepared in the right combinations, can help you to remove crud from your blood and tissues and restore alkalinity and balance to your system,” says Noelle Swatland of GreenLemonade.com. “You see the benefits of this crud removal in younger looking skin and greater energy.”
The benefit to adding a glass of fresh juice to your diet daily is readily apparent – giving yourself a fabulous dose of vitamins and minerals, and you can adjust your serving based on what you need (healthier skin, digestion, stress relief, etc) – what’s a more natural solution?
Depending on the tolerance level of your palate, you can juice anything. The best secret I’ve learned is to add an apple (or apple wedge) to almost anything (carrot, kale, spinach…) and it livens and sweetens the taste into something honestly delicious.
Shape magazine has pulled together the best juices for whatever solution you might be looking for – or just some great flavor combinations for you to try for a snack!
1. Healthy skin: cucumber juice. Since cukes are over 90% water, they are natural hydrators, and boast minerals believed to promote a healthy complexion. (again, need a little more flavor here? throw in an apple!)
2. Energy Boost: the green machine mixture – “Chlorophyll, the green pigment in plants, helps oxygenate the blood, creating increased brain function and physical energy,” says Judita Wignall, author of Going Raw (Quarry Books).
1 large cucumber
8 stalks celery
Handful of kale
Handful of spinach
Handful of parsley
1/4 lemon with rind (if organic!)
1-inch piece of ginger
3. Fighting sweet cravings: Shape magazine has some scientific evidence behind this combination to fight your sweet cravings: “Celery juice helps balance out the sweetness of this juice while providing electrolytes and alkalizing minerals, as well as helping to reduce sugar cravings,” Wignall says. Also; cinnamon contains compounds that help regulate blood sugar. Stable blood sugar = less sugar cravings.
8 stalks celery
Dash of cinnamon
4. Strengthen your immune system: the combination here packs a ton of vitamin c as well as powerful immune-boosting antimicrobial properties.
1 small beet
8 stalks celery
1 stalk broccoli
2 cloves garlic
5. Stress relief: the large amount of spinach here serves up a large dose of amino acids that both elevate your mood and help you sleep better! The magnesium spinach contains also helps relax nerves and muscles
2 big handfuls Spinach
3-4 stalks Broccoli
3-4 stalks Celery
1 large or 2 small carrots
6. Digestion: Papaya is a well known digestive aid, due to papain, an enzyme it contains that helps digest proteins. Cabbage also helps clean out your digestive tract and reduces constipation
1/2 small Papaya
3 leaves kale
1/8 head cabbage
Thumb-sized piece of ginger
1 wedge lemon
Interested on getting in on this juice trend but don’t have a juicer? Here’s the consumer report ratings to the best juicers – and pay special attention to reviews of how easy they are to clean…because that tends to be the worst part!
To see the full slideshow and details from Shape Magazine, click here!