10 Delicious Juices To Jumpstart Your Day
Written by Mindy White
Photography by Illustration by Alessandra Olanow
Juicing—your best friend’s doing it, the girls at the office are doing it, your mom’s doing it—everybody’s doing it! Juicing is all the rage right now, there are juice shops popping up left and right and it’s available in almost every natural market and nearby shopping center. When it comes to juice, fresh is the way to go. Bottled juices are usually pasteurized, which can kill vitamins and minerals, and the whole point of juicing is to get those minerals! Haven’t jumped on the juicing boat just yet? Not sure where to start? Scared of all things green? Wondering what the benefits are? Or if you love juicing and are looking for some inspiration, we’ve rounded up a list of some of our favorite juice combinations, along with their exceptional health benefits below. Enjoy!
Spinach, Kale, Romaine, Parsley, Cucumber, Celery.
Spinach is nutrient-packed, aids in weight loss, and is known for its cleansing, nourishing, and building properties. Kale is the “it” green right now, with its impressively heavy roster of vitamins, omega 3’s, and Vitamin C, which prevents premature aging of the skin and helps to keep you looking younger. Combined with parsley’s high chlorophyll content, the anti-inflammatory properties of cucumbers, and alkalizing effects of celery, this green drink is sure to help you glow from the inside out. Get a similar recipe from Cooking with Gaby.
Strawberries, Green Apples, Beet, Lemon, Ginger Root, Carrots.
Strawberries are packed with antioxidants (goodbye wrinkles!), while green apples not only add a touch of tart-sweetness, but also have high vitamin and mineral content. Beets are packed with nitrates, which improve blood flow and increase energy. Lemon is detoxifying and alkalizing to the body, which is crucial to healthy function. Ginger root is known to improve the complexion and has hundreds of other medicinal uses. Carrots are packed with beta-carotene, which is good for glowing, healthy eyes. Get the “Beauty Juice” recipe from Beauty Bets.
Tomato, Carrot, Radish.
Studies show that tomatoes can lower the odds of getting certain types of cancers, from being packed full of something called Lycopene. Combined with the rich vitamins and minerals in carrots, and the sedative and depurative properties found in radishes, this drink is packed full of nutrients to cleanse, rejuvenate, and protect your body of future illnesses. Get the recipe from Noob Cook.
Butternut Squash, Cinnamon, Apple.
Apples are known to be high in antioxidants, but did you know that they’re also wonderful for asthma sufferers? Cinnamon is known to speed up metabolism, aiding in weight loss, and can also help the brain function. Butternut squash contains high amounts of vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy skin and protects against certain cancers. Find the recipe on Reboot With Joe.
Apple, Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne Pepper.
If you struggle with acid reflux, upset stomach, or morning sickness, this juice is for you. Sometimes, an upset stomach can be due to the food and drinks you’re consuming. Knock that pain out by restoring a healthy pH level in our body. This juice contains cayenne pepper, which somewhat numbs the stomach lining and also aids in weight loss. Ginger is great for digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties for the skin. Lemon aids nausea, alkalizes the body, and may prevent breast cancer growth. Apple brings a sweetness to the mix and also helps reduce bad cholesterol. Get a similar recipe from Lunch Box Bunch.
Grapefruit and Mint.
Grapefruit has long been known for its benefits in aiding weight loss. It also decreases the risk of diabetes and heart disease. The bitterness of the grapefruit is calmed with a sweet addition of mint, which also brings respiratory, digestion, and fatigue-fighting nutrients to the glass. Mint is also good for aiding acne and allergies. Drink this one in the morning before coffee or food to reap the best benefits. Get the recipe from With Style And Grace.
Turnip and Fennel.
Turnips are known to be a great source of vitamin C and manganese. Turnip juice can help detoxify your liver and help prevent kidney stones. Fennel can help aid cellular damage, and also boost your immune system, alas, preventing colds! Carrot brings a smooth element to the juice while benefitting eyesight, and apple leaves a sweet finishing touch. Try this recipe from The Juice Nut.
Starfruit is more than just a super cute looking fruit—it’s actually known to increase milk flow in nursing mothers! It can also help cure hangovers, reduce fever, clear up coughing, and lower cholesterol (hello new year, new body!) Joined with ginger root, cucumber, lemon, and romaine lettuce, it makes this drink less of a cute-fruit concoction, and more of a kick-butt health tonic. Grab the recipe from Pumps And Iron.
Watermelon, Lemon, Cayenne.
Though watermelon is high in sugar, it is good for weight loss, as it has a high water content, which helps fill you up and makes you less hungry throughout the day. It can also prevent signs of aging with its vitamins A and C. Lemon and cayenne are both anti-inflammatory, while cayenne also is great for mending colds, flu, and migraines. Not to mention, the combination of these three together tastes amazing. Try this similar recipe from Dr. Oz.
Pineapple, Pear, Ginger, Mint.
Pineapple is rich in bromelain, which is a protein extract that’s known to be great for digestion, arthritis, and weight loss. Pineapple is a natural diuretic and great for menstrual disorders. (Something other than chocolate, you say?) Pears are great for skin conditions and helping the body stay moisturized. Paired with the benefits of ginger and mint, this drink will help you get your glow on. Grab this similar recipe from Williams-Somona.
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