I have a confession. Earlier this year I went through a phase where I let my health habits slip. Exercise of any kind felt like far too much effort, and another of the things I just couldn’t be fussed to do was juice.
Which was sorta silly as it’s quick and easy to work it into your daily routine once you get in the swing of it, I crossed that one off the list circa 1998, and I feel so much better when I do it.
Long story short, a couple of weeks ago I recommitted to a daily rendez-vous with both my rebounder and my Hippocrates GreenPower. I can’t say I’m loving the exercise every day, but I am loving the juice again, ever since I accidentally invented this one.
I’m sharing the recipe here so you can try it, and I also wanted to tell you a little about the health and beauty benefits.
- 4 sticks celery
- 1 head little gem lettuce
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 lime (or lemon), peeled
- a handful of fresh mint
Did you know that adding citrus fruit plus something sweet to a vegetable juice really takes it to the next level taste-wise?
Many juice recipes use apple for that sweetness; this one uses carrot and I’m going to tell you (a little lower down) a great reason to add carrot to your juices.
I could write a long essay on what all the vitamins, electrolytes, phytonutrients and other good stuff in this rawsome cocktail will do for you, but I figure the concept “vegetable juice = super healthy” is probably not new to you.
So I’m going to keep this brief and tell you about just two benefits I personally love:
Stressed? Frazzled? Sleep-deprived? You need lettuce
Lettuce contains powerful compounds that help you relax and wind down. Concentrate them in a juice and you have yourself a super-effective (yet totally side-effect-free) natural sedative and sleep aid. So effective in fact that depending on your schedule, this might not be your best choice as a morning juice. It works for me as juice o’clock at Casa Best is an evening event.
Daily juicing = daily beautifying
Want to look more radiant? Nothing – no pill, no potion, no procedure, no skincare product, no foundation, no facial – will do for your skin what consistently eating (and drinking) fresh vegetables and fruits will do, as these foods make your skin glow from the inside out.
And juicing is a great way of getting more of the goodness in.
To look your most beautiful, make sure you’re getting your daily quota of carotenoids – among their long list of amazing benefits, they are actually organic pigments that will give your skin a healthy radiance.
A 2011 study caused a stir when it found that eating carotenoid-rich foods on a daily basis gives skin a golden glow that is perceived as healthier and more attractive than a suntan.
Yes, it’s true, and you’ll get a beautifying carotenoid boost from the carrots in this juice. Spinach and kale are other popular veggie juice ingredients that are loaded with carotenoids, so feel free to add a handful or two of those, should you feel so inclined.
I’m personally of the opinion that the only palatable way to consume kale is this.
And I’m having a “spinach in smoothies not juices” kinda month (as you do) after inventing a green smoothie recipe I’m addicted to, and that I’m going to be sharing with you next.
For now, my juicer beckons. Enjoy the weekend 🙂 xo