The Weekly Squeeze: 7 Juice Recipes to Boost Your Vitality

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Juicing seems to be all the rage right now, with combinations that make claims for weight loss, rejuvenation, detoxes, energy boosters and everything you can think of.

Although many of the more severe claims of die-hard juicers probably aren’t true, there is definitely a large array of health benefits that shouldn’t be disregarded.

Whether you’re new to juicing and want to try it out, or you’re a seasoned veteran looking for new recipes, here are some juices that are easy enough for everyone to give a try.

Feel the Beet Detox Juice

The ginger helps with upset stomachs and belly pains, while the fiber-rich root vegetables help to clean out your digestive tract and promote a healthy gut. Use almond or soy milk for a richer texture and an added boost of protein.

2 tablespoons peeled and chopped fresh ginger (1/2 ounce)
1 medium beet (8 ounces), scrubbed and coarsely chopped
4 medium carrots (8 ounces total), scrubbed and sliced
1 medium apple (8 ounces), cored and cubed
1 cup water or almond/soy milk

Combine ginger, beet, carrots, apple and water/almond/soy milk in the blender and puree until smooth, scraping the sides if needed. Strain and refrigerate. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before serving.

Green Goodness Power Juice

This green nutrient-packed juice is full of iron and vitamin K, both essentials to maintain healthy blood-cell and muscle function, in addition to increased bone health. Use almond or soy milk for a richer texture and an added boost of protein.

1 cup sliced kale (about 3 large leaves)
1 cup seedless green grapes (25- 30)
1 English cucumber, sliced
1 small Granny Smith apple (4–6 ounces), cored and chopped
1/2 cup water or almond/soy milk

Combine kale, grapes, cucumber, apple and water/almond/soy milk in the blender and puree until smooth, scraping the sides if needed. Strain and refrigerate. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before serving.

Vitamin Punch Health Juice

In addition to a big dose of vitamin C, this rejuvenating mixture is packed with lutein and vitamin A. Together they promote collagen production, which is essential to healthy, young-looking skin. For even more vitamin C, try adding acerola powder.

1 medium apple (8 ounces), cored and chopped
2 medium soft pears (like Bartlett), cored and chopped (about 1 pound)
1/2 cup cherries (fresh with pits removed or frozen, thawed)

Combine apple, pears and cherries in the blender and puree until smooth, scraping the sides if needed. Add almond or soy milk if desired. Strain and refrigerate. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before serving.

Berry Nice Antioxidant Juice

Not only does this fruity blend taste great, but it’s full of antioxidants that remove free radicals in the body and even claim anti-aging benefits. Whether or not that’s true, you’ll still have a fresh, healthy and delicious treat to enjoy! Use almond or soy milk for a richer texture and an added boost of protein.

1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed)
1 cup (about 5) fresh strawberries, cut in half (or frozen, thawed)
2 cups peeled and chopped mango (about a 1-pound mango)
1/4 cup water or almond/soy milk

Combine blueberries, strawberries, mango and water/almond/soy milk in the blender and puree until smooth, scraping the sides if needed. Strain and refrigerate. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before serving.

Peachy Lychee Energy Juice

Here’s a fruit that you don’t see every day: lychee. This asian fruit, combined with peaches and coconut water, provides a immediate natural, fruit sugar energy boost. The coconut water also provided electrolytes to help keep you hydrated. For an added, long-term energy boost, try adding some guarana powder.

1 (20-ounce) can lychees in syrup, drained and rinsed (or 20 peeled and seeded lychees)
1 cup sliced fresh peaches or frozen and thawed (7 ounces)
3/4 cup coconut water (or almond/soy milk)

Combine lychees, peaches and coconut water in the blender and puree until smooth, scraping the sides if needed. Strain and refrigerate. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before serving.

Citrus Burst Immune Booster

Use this juice to proactively fight off that nasty winter cold. All three fruits are packed with Vitamin C, which has been shown to work wonders in preventing sickness and maintaining a healthy immune system. For even more Vitamin C, try adding acerola powder.

1 (14-ounce) grapefruit, peeled and chopped
2 medium oranges (10 ounces total), peeled and chopped
3 kiwis (preferably golden, about 12 ounces), peeled and chopped

Combine grapefruit, oranges and kiwis in the blender and puree until smooth, scraping the sides if needed. Add almond or soy milk if desired. Strain and refrigerate. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before serving.

Post-Workout Refueling Juice

Need to get your energy back after a tough workout? Try this juice, which is full of protein and potassium. It will help promote muscle repair and growth as well as balance your electrolytes and fluids. You can even add a scoop of your favorite protein powder.

2 medium oranges (10 ounces), peeled and chopped
1/4 cup whole, raw almonds
1 small sweet potato (about 4 ounces), scrubbed and chopped
1 medium apple (8 ounces), cored and chopped
1/2 cup almond/soy milk

Combine oranges, almonds, sweet potato, apple and almond/soy milk in the blender and puree until smooth, scraping the sides if needed. Strain and refrigerate. Can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. Shake before serving.

 

Sources: Health.com

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