A healthy green juice recipe with a mixture of celery juice, apple, cucumber and ginger for a variety of wonderful health benefits. A great immune boosting and detoxing morning drink!
Within the past few years, the celery juice cleanse has exploded, prices of celery have risen and you don’t have to look far to see hundreds of testimonials from people swearing to celery juice as the cure-all for a whole range of chronic conditions. In fact, there were so many different benefits of celery juice mentioned that it’s almost overwhelming; IBS, Acne, Psoriasis, Blood pressure Issues, PCOS, weight loss, clear skin etc.
In fact, consuming straight celery juice works so well for people, that they have been able to set aside their daily medication and turn to this juice instead (Although, on the flip side – people with low blood pressure may need to be wary. Celery juice has also been known to cause some interesting bowel movements, let’s just say)
This green juice recipe isn’t on that vain though; a celery juice cleanse usually requires drinking straight celery juice, with absolutely nothing added to it. It has to be consumed fresh, on an empty stomach, in fairly high doses, and within a certain about of time before you eat etc. But it isn’t always sustainable – especially for those who find that they despise the taste of pure juiced celery.
If the cleanse is something you’re more interested in doing then feel free to check out these resources from Medical Medium.
If you’re never tried celery juice and wondering what celery juice actually tastes like – salty. Often described as a lot saltier than you’d imagine and sometimes bitter. This definitely changes over time, as taste buds adapt and change to the flavour. However, some people simply can’t stand it- no matter what the supposed health benefits.
If that’s the case, then this healthy green juice concoction might be right up your alley. With the addition of cucumber, apple, and ginger – you’re giving your body even more healthy nutrients while adding additional flavour with the ‘spicy’ ginger and sweet apple. Plus, you’re still able to benefit from the celery juice – just not in such a concentrated form.
The juice recipe I’m including here on the blog is for those who may not be quite ready for drinking straight-up celery juice but want to see some of the wonderful side-effects people are boasting about. Plus, celery juice alone doesn’t actually add too much to your diet as it is very low-calorie and a diuretic – the juice is more about what it removes from your body (as it removes toxins from your body) rather than what it puts in it.
So what are the actual health benefits of Celery?
From hearing people’s various testimonials online you wouldn’t be amiss to think that celery juice is the be-all-end-all of nutrition. But what benefits does eating celery actually provide (or drinking)?
From what I’ve read here and there, it seems that the majority of the health benefits linked with the vegetable itself and in its juice form is that celery contains phytochemicals – which act as antioxidants.
As I’ve probably mentioned more than a dozen time before on my blog, I love anything which contains powerful anti-oxidants. These help to reduce oxidative stress and remove harmful free radicals in the body. In turn they have anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancerous and celery juice can act as a cleanse to the digestive system.
There are also studies to show how celery can reduce blood sugar levels ( which – in turn also seems to work for reducing sugar cravings, blood pressure, blood lipids etc. Celery has also had positive effects of liver disease, rheumatic issues, can prevent cardiovascular diseases and more.
Furthermore, there have been some studies looking into how celery has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Although, I’ve noticed that a lot of studies have focused on the celery seeds, and not as many on the fully grown plant and celery juice benefits. The studies have also largely been carried out on animals, not humans.
For anyone wanting to start consuming celery juice to lose weight, I would always suggest checking with a doctor or nutritionist, to make sure that you maintain a healthy lifestyle and diet. Healthy living is usually all about balance, and I partake in the 80/20 diet- where eat healthily 80% of the time and don’t worry about it the other 20%.
If you’re wanting to check out some additional information on the health benefits, then feel free to read these articles from Healthline (light reading) or this study on the antioxidant activity of celery (heavier reading).
So, why add other ingredients?
As I mentioned above, celery juice is very low calorie. By adding extra, healthy, ingredients this juice remains low calorie while adding lots of healthy additional nutrients. The various additions also work together for a sweeter, milder taste.
Plus, the addition of ginger includes additional natural anti-inflammatory properties along with a whole heap of other health benefits. If you want to read more about the benefits of ginger then you can check out my post for Ginger Turmeric Immune-Boosting Energy Shots (juicer recipe).
What to do with the leftover fibre?
Okay, the leftover fibre from this juice may not look the most appetizing thing ever – but that doesn’t mean it’s destined for the bin (for those of you that don’t compost).
For one thing, this pulp is full of healthy fiber. I like to store this in an ice cube tray and then pop a couple into smoothies or even soup bases (it might sound weird with the apple, but it just adds some healthy fibre without loads of flavour).
- a head of celery (organic is always best for juicing)
- ginger knob
Start by juicing the celery. Whenever juicing, I like to use organic produce and will often rinse everything before juicing it.
Use the whole stalks and leaves of the whole head. It yielded about 700 ml for me.
Then, juice the cucumber, apple and ginger.
They yielded another 350 ml.
Mix the juices and stir.
Enjoy your detoxifying immune boosting juice – It’s best consumed fresh for optimal nutrients. However, it can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days.
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Green Detox Celery Juice Blend
- 2 pounds celery
- 0.75 pounds cucumber large
- 1 apple
- 1.5 ounces ginger
- Start by juicing the celery in a jug. Whenever juicing, I like to use organic produce and will often rinse everything before juicing it.
- Use the whole stalks and leaves of the whole head. It yielded about 700 ml for me.
- Then, juice the cucumber, apple and ginger. They yielded another 350 ml.
- Mix the juices and stir.
- Enjoy your detox juice! It's best consumed fresh for optimal nutrients. However, it can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days.
- It's best to use organic produce when juicing.
- It's best consumed fresh, immediately for optimal nutritional benefits.