In January, it seems like everybody’s writing about it, doing it, boasting about it, so let’s talk about it, shall we? I once spent a week at a detox retreat living only off juices, and I’ll tell you this: it can be equally awful and amazing. I’ve been a regular juicer for a couple years now and it’s a fantastic way to take in a lot of vitamins and minerals, and to help your body recover and replenish after a couple of hard weeks (like the Christmas period).
It should be simple: buy yourself a juicer and throw in whatever the hell you like, push a button and voilà, there’s your juice! But there’s more to it: fruit, packed with vitamins and flavour as it may be, is also full of sugar. By using a juicer, you tend to lose a lot of the healthy fibres, and are left with a tasty glass of sugar, often the equivalent of a full fat can of Coke. You might think you’re on a health kick, but really you’re consuming so many calories and not that much of the good stuff.
That’s where veggies come in. If the idea of drinking things like spinach, kale or celery makes you feel a little queasy, hang on for a minute – I used to hate it too, but I’m a convert and I recommend you give it a go. It’s not only a great way to fuel your body, to give your kidneys and liver a boost, a quick breakfast or lunch, but it also helps me get rid of leftover veggies I wouldn’t eat otherwise.
Our Lean Mean Green Detox Juice Machine is so packed full of flavour, I promise you you won’t miss the sweetness at all!
3 Handfulls of Spinach Leaves
3 Celery Sticks
2 Handfulls of Fresh Parsley
1 Piece of Ginger
1 Apple or Pear – optional
1: Add all your ingredients except for the lime to your juicer and juice!
2: Pour the green juice into a tall glass, squeeze the juice of the lime in it, and stir (preferably with a celery stick. It looks cool).
Play around with the quantities until you have a juice you love. More ginger will add more kick, more cucumber will give you more juice, etc…
Here’s why your body will love this juice:
CUCUMBER: full of Vitamins B and C, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and much more. Good for: reducing fluid retention, hairs nails and skin, reducing blood pressure
CELERY: Vitamins B and C, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium and more. Good for: reducing fluid retention, calming nervous system, natural diuretic, arthritis
GINGER: Vitamin C, copper, potassium, sodium, iron, zinc, and more. Good for: decongestant and natural antibiotic
SPINACH: Vitamin B, C, K, folic acid, iron, calcium, potassium, and more. Good for: aneamia, supporting effective liver and kidney function
APPLE: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, calcium, chlorine, magnesium, iron, and more! Good for: anti-cancer promoter, eliminating toxins
LIME: Vitamin C, calcium, citric acid, magnesium and more. Good for: cleansing the system, eliminating toxins
PARSLEY: Vitamin K, A, C, anti oxidants. Good for: eliminating toxins, arthritis, heart health
(source: Jason Vale, Keeping it simple.)
If that doesn’t convince you to try juicing, I don’t know what will. It makes a great breakfast if you’re in a hurry, and can help you consume your 5-a-day a lot quicker. Just realise that you do lose a lot of the health benefits by using a traditional juicer – if you’d rather retain all the goodness, I can recommend the Vitamix, a blender so powerful it’ll give you the juice you want without losing the goodness!
If you’re looking at juicing for the first time, we recommend these:
The Dream: Vitamix Blender, from £459.95