Today, I don’t have a craft or a home project (I’ll be back another project tomorrow, so stay tuned) … instead I have a recipe for a SUPER HEALTHY juice that leaves you feeling energized and refreshed! A little ‘pick me up’ for these dull, drab, winter days (if you also happen to live in the upper Midwest … and are also experiencing another wave of this ‘polar vortex’).
My two boys drink this juice right up, too! It’s a wonderful way to get some healthy greens and herbs into them (without requiring bribes, fights, standoffs, etc). Turns out I can actually bribe them with this juice … (“ … eat your eggs, and you can have some juice …”).
As some of you may or may not know, my husband is a little obsessed with nutrition and health in general. I’m pretty sure it has developed into his favorite hobby. I craft and decorate … he researches food, exercise, nutrition, and overall wellness in general. We go on long car trips … we listen to podcasts of experts in nutrition. We watch documentaries on this stuff at night. I have to admit, a lot of the information out there is very interesting. For now, however, I’ll let him do the research, and then let him tell me about it (and feed me his new ideas).
This juice concoction came from some of that research. I would never have thought to juice cilantro or parsley (who knew they even produced a lot of juice??). I would never have thought that this combination of ingredients would be ‘drinkable’ let along pretty delicious.
Without further introduction, here’s the juice that we made on Sunday:
Well, here are the ingredients:
- A generous bunch of parsley
- Head of celery
- 2 Lemons (skin left on)
- Bunch of cilantro
- 3 cucumbers
- 2 bunches of Romaine hearts
- 2 apples (Matt left this out of our drinks, but added it to the kids’ drinks for some sweetness)
Throw that all in a juicer, and out comes a delicious drink. It’s definitely better (sweeter) with the apples, but not too bad without, either.
All done! Enjoy!
Now for the part that will make you want to run out and make this ASAP … all the health benefits of this juice:
First off, Parsley …
You may think of this as just an herb that you would garnish a plate with (I know I did), but who knew it had all this good stuff:
- High in Vitamin A and C
- High in Vitamin K which helps maintain strong bones, and helps with proper blood clotting.
- Classified as a chemoprotective food and may neutralize some carcinogens (including those in cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke)
- High in folic acid, an important B vitamin that may help prevent heart attacks and stroke
- High in Carotenoids which help with good eye sight and overall eye health
Next, Romaine Lettuce …
- High in Vitamins A, K, C, folic acid, dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, copper, iron, biotin, vitamin B1.
- Because of the Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, fiber, folic acid, and potassium, Romaine lettuce is VERY heart healthy
- The potassium also helps build and maintain strong muscles
- The fiber helps to create a clean digestive tract, acting as a sponge to push waste through the body
On to Celery …
- Recent research has discovered that celery has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, especially in the digestive tract itself.
- Celery also is a good source of the well known anti-oxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids, but scientists have recently discovered a list of a dozen other anti-oxidants in celery! These anti-oxidants help prevent against unwanted damage to our cells, blood vessels, and organ systems.
- According to WebMD, celery has many uses in treating diseases and conditions. Citing their website: “Celery is used to treat joint pain, gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion. Celery is also to promote relaxation and sleep; to kill bacteria in the urinary tract; as a digestive aid and for regulating bowel movements; to start menstruation; to control intestinal gas (flatulence); to increase sexual desire; to reduce the flow of breast milk; for stimulating glands; treating menstrual discomfort; and for “blood purification.” Well, that’s quite the list, huh! Who knew?
- And one more piece of info from Livestrong, “A study at Rutgers University discovered that celery contains anti-cancer compounds that can help stop cancer cells from spreading. One of the components (acetylenics) in celery can actually stop tumor cells from growing. Drinking raw celery juice prevents free-radicals from causing harm to cells and stops the development of cancer in the stomach and the colon.
- One more source to check out, and you’ll be sold on why you need celery: http://juicing-for-health.com/basic-nutrition/healing-vegetables/health-benefits-of-celery.html
My goodness, I think I just may feed my kiddos and hubby ants on a log and celery juice every day!
And then there’s Cilantro …
Another herb that I would have never thought to ‘juice’, but apparently it has great health benefits as well:
- Did you know Cilantro is a powerful, natural cleaning agent (of the body)?? It’s been cited to be effective in toxic metal cleaning. Not sure if I need it, but it can’t hurt right? I’m sure I’ve got some level of metal toxins in my body.
- Cilantro has also been shown to have anti-anxiety effects, and may improve sleep quality.
- It also has anti-biotic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties (see this source for more details). http://juicing-for-health.com/basic-nutrition/healing-vegetables/health-benefits-of-cilantro.html
And those Cucumbers …
- Cucumbers are high in Vitamins C, and the skins are high in Vitamin A (so leave ’em on)
- Cucumbers are now known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
- Fresh extracts from cucumbers have recently been show to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- They’re 96% water, so they’re naturally hydrating
And lastly, the lemons …
From the Foodmatters website, apparently I need to add lemon to my water (everyday!!):
- Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
- Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial
- It balances maintain the pH levels in the body
- It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile
- It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium
- It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases
- It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid
- It helps cure the common cold
- The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute
- It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
- It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne
- It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems
- Aids in the production of digestive juices
- Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session
So … basically, this juice is packed with all kind of Vitamins and Minerals, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories. It cleanses the body, cures my acne, prevents my wrinkles, eases my anxiety, helps my eye sight, bone and muscle strength, cures my cold, and is fantastic for my heart. Well, I say, “DRINK UP!”
If you happen to make this, let me know what you think (and I’ll be sure to relay that to my hubby). Cheers! (and stay warm if you live up here and also woke up to -25 degree windchill this morning!!).