Healthy fruit and vegetable juices have been a breakfast favourite for eons now. But in recent times, it’s the all-natural, fibre-rich, sugar-free versions that have garnered more appeal, mainly because they eliminate all the chemicals, sugar and preservatives from pre-packaged juices. Packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients, fruits and vegetables when blended together, are the perfect morning kickstarter. They not only work as great detoxes but also aid in weight loss and give your skin a radiant glow.
Being creative with juices is easy. You can whip up your personal favourite fruits and vegetables according to your liking, and sprinkle over some toppings like herbs and seeds
Being creative with juices is easy. You can whip up your personal favourite fruits and vegetables according to your liking, and sprinkle over some toppings like herbs and seeds as well. The juice of fruits without their fibre can be just plain sugar, so when creating your own juice blends, make sure you keep three things in mind. Firstly, opt for a mixer or a blender, so as to retain all the fibre. Secondly, don’t strain the juice, so you can obtain benefits from the pulp as well. Lastly, try and consume these juices on an empty stomach and immediately after blending them, so that the nutrients are more readily and easily absorbed by the body.
To give you a little bit of a headstart, he is our list of healthy juice blends to brighten up your day. You can vary the amount of ingredients you put in, depending on the quantity, taste and health benefit you’re looking for.
1. Gourd Grande
A combination of gourd, potato, beetroot and carrot first thing in the morning is a great way to cleanse your internal system. It’s a fairly well known fact that a smoothly running digestive system will always keep you in the pink of health. Blend together half a gourd with one potato, one beetroot and 2-3 carrots, and chug it down with your breakfast. If the blend is much too bland or bitter for you, add some gooseberry to the mixture to liven up the taste, and for radiant skin and soft hair!
2. Get your Greens
They always told you to eat your greens, but you could consider drinking them too. Take your pick of any greens here – cauliflower, avocado, broccoli, gourd, cabbage, coriander, spinach, kale – and whip them up together. The benefits of green juices are numerous – they cleanse your digestive system, lungs, liver and uterus, they bolster oxygenation in the body which improves blood circulation and they energize the body with vitamins and minerals. This one will definitely be a little lank in taste, so make a small amount and gulp it down at one go. You can also squirt some lemon into the juice for an added kick.
Mix together a bunch of greens to energize the body with vitamins and minerals
3. Antioxidant Fix
The juice of raw fruits can work as a great antioxidant as it cleanses the body of any damage causing radicals that are the source of numerous diseases like cancer and heart problems. A blend of mango, berries (try a mix of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries) and pomegranate is the best antioxidant fix for a tired and unhealthy body. Top with more berries, coconut shavings or granola.
A blend of mango and berries is the best antioxidant fix for a tired and unhealthy body
4. Tomato Tango
The juice of only raw tomatoes is enough to serve as your daily health booster. But that’s probably just as good as eating it whole or in a salad. If you’re looking for a fun pick-me-up, blend together some tomato, carrot, lettuce and basil, and add a fresh celery stick to the mixture. Stir it well with the celery so the taste infuses into the juice and then drink up. Don’t forget to chomp down on the celery stick after you’re done!
For a fun pick-me-up, blend together all your salad veggies with some herbs and a squirt of lemon or a sprinkle of pink or rock salt
5. Cucumber Cooler
If there’s one thing your body needs to run smoothly, it’s water. With temperatures rising every year, we’re blessed with pleasant weather for only a few months a year. Cooling juices can help lower your body temperature and balance out your hormones, while helping you feel relaxed. The juice of a cucumber is a great source of refreshment, and can replenish your body with water and fibre. For a more veggie-centric juice, you can add some carrots to the mixture. Apples can also be a great supplement here.
6. Citrus Crush
The benefits of Vitamin C on your body have been proven time and time again, and more so in times of Covid. Doctors have been prescribing healthy doses of Vitamin C to patients and vulnerables alike, so start now if you haven’t already. For a hit of Vitamin C first thing in the morning, gulp down a glass of tangy orange, lime and pineapple juice. This drink will improve your body’s resistance to disease causing bacteria, while increasing healing power and boosting overall health.
If you haven’t jumped on the blend bandwagon yet, it’s not too late. You can try out a host of different recipes by putting together your favorite fruits and veggies. Let those creative juices flow!
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