Juice Baby Juice

Don’t get freaked out before you start reading! Juicing is actually SUPER simple – it just requires a little prep, which I wrote about yesterday! While I’m meal prepping, I like to go ahead and get my vegetables that I’m going to juice all clean and ready. If I do my meal prep over the weekend, I’ll go ahead and do my juicin’ then too.

Why juice? 

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I began researching the benefits. Juicing to me is like a shot of nutrients in my body. It enters my blood stream the quickest and I want my body to continue to heal for as long as I’m living! Even though it takes the fiber out, I juice to get nutrients and vitamins and reset my body when I have had too much fun over the weekend (like a Clemson tailgate! ha). My body LOVES when I juice- energy levels rise, and my brain feels clear from fog.

If I am juicing, I do buy organic vegetables so I’m not juicing extra chemicals. If the produce looks bad, I won’t juice! There are so many variations of produce that you can use to juice. In the beginning, I started off with adding green apple for a little sweetness to my vegetables because it is lower in sugar than other apples. As I got used to it, I decreased the apple and now I don’t need any.

It’s important to note that just because a restaurant or store has a green smoothie, it doesn’t mean it is actually good for you. Check the sugar content and what the ingredients are. Due to the fructose in fruit, you don’t want to juice a bunch of fruit.

My “go-to” juice. It’s nothing fancy. Simple with a lot of health benefits. The more vegetables, the more juice! Here I juiced one small bag of carrots, one small bag of celery and one whole lemon.

Carrot, Celery, Lemon Juice

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  • Benefits of carrot:
    • A lot of Vitamin A!
    • Magnesium
    • Calcium
    • Vitamin C
    • Vitamin D
    • Vitamin E
    • Vitamin K
    • Potassium

Carrots can help digestion, skin, eye & heart health, liver function, and many more.

  • Benefits of celery:
    • Vitamin A
    • B1, B2, B6 and C
    • Rolate
    • Iron
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Iron

Celery can help lower blood pressure, is anti-cancer, has anti-inflammatory properties and much more. 

  • Benefits of lemon: 
    • Vitamin C
    • Anti-bacterial
    • Potassium
    • Antioxidants

Lemon can help hydrate and oxygenate the body, flush the liver, and help the immune system just to name a few. 

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Step 1: Prep and wash all your vegetables (see previous post).
Step 2: Put vegetables at top of juicer. I bought a Breville juicer. I want to say it was about $75. At first, I didn’t want to buy a really expensive one unless I knew I was committed to juicing and enjoyed it. You can say I’m committed…
Step 3: Turn juicer on low and push down with the tool included. Continue to add the rest of your vegetables. It doesn’t matter the order since it is all mixing together.

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Step 4: Stir the juice in the pitcher once you have added all of your vegetables to the juicer. Store in glass mason jars for freshness. Drink within 1-2 days for maximum benefits.

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Step 5: Enjoy and don’t be afraid of juicing anymore! 😉

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What is your favorite juice recipe?

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