Celery Juice to the rescue to give me more speed. LOL Everything I do is about speed. I’m just wired that way. In fact a psychic once told me that I was unstoppable because she sees two horses and not just one.
So that’s why when it comes to cooking or baking I’m only interested in recipes that are quick and easy like the celery juice recipe I’ll be sharing with you. The simpler the better. The fewer ingredients; even better.
The Benefits of Juicing vs Eating Salad
That’s also why I juice every day. Juicing allows me to eat a big salad (in a liquid form) much quicker and easier. The celery juice and other goodies are easily digestible which means my body gets more of what it needs with less food! I love how my body quickly absorbs all those nutrients. It’s also helped my husband with his arthritis.
What is juicing?
Juicing involves extracting and drinking the juice from fresh fruits and vegetables. The juicer will crush everything into a liquid removing the fiber and seeds. 95% of the nutrient content of fruit and vegetables is found in the juice.
2 Ways to Juice
Two common ways to juice using a machine:
1) Breville Juicer
- separates pulp from the juice
- spins or squeezes your juice out of the produce pulp
- combines juice and pulp
- pulverizes the ingredients
- pulp stays in the smoothie and makes it thicker
You know how to I told you I like speed? That’s why I prefer a juicer.
I’ve tried juicing with a blender thinking I would save money by not having to buy a juicer but it was a bloody mess! It took me forever to clean. You’d think I slaughtered an entire vegetable farm in my kitchen! It was horrible. It’s not worth it! Straining vegetable juice takes too much time, it’s not fun, and it’s a mess.
People typically juice for two reasons.
- For weight loss.
- To maintain or improve overall health.
I love juicing because it’s one of the quickest ways for me to fight inflammation. That’s the big one for me, and overall health. I don’t juice to lose weight.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is linked to just about every poor health condition. According to a Harvard Medical School report, “Chronic inflammation plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of our time, including rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, and even Alzheimer’s.” That’s why I take my juicing seriously! It’s preventative care.
What causes Inflammation?
People who typically struggle with inflammation have a terrible diet, they are stressed, they have minor food allergies, they get very little exercise or worse they don’t exercise, nada, they get acne flare-ups and their skin sensitivities get worse, or they get migraines, and more!
Signs You Have Inflammation
- mouth sores
- chest pain
- abdominal pain
- joint pain
For me feeling tired is not an option which is why I choose mostly anti-inflammatory juices.
Anti-Inflammatory Vegetables for Blood Type O
When choosing my vegetables for juicing I didn’t just them because they are anti-inflammatory but I also chose them because they are good for those who have blood type “O”. Okay so you’re wondering, scratching your head thinking “What do you mean blood type Anna?”
I follow a diet created by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo. He says that we should eat or avoid certain foods based on our blood type. These diets are not caloric diets, rather food type diets. And his recommendation for blood type O focuses on a high protein, low carb diet designed to help you stay healthy and maintain an ideal weight.
Okay so let me break down why these fruits and vegetables are perfect for fighting inflammation for blood type O’s like me and my husband.
Benefits of Anti-Inflammatory Foods
- Helps those who suffer from arthritis and joint pain because of the bromelain.
- Decreases swelling.
- Often recommended to be taken before surgeries to speed healing time and decrease inflammation commonly associated with surgical procedures.
- Has approximately 25 anti-inflammatory compounds that can offer protection against inflammation in the body.
- Fights free radical damage (or oxidative stress) that can lead to inflammation.
- Researchers have identified over a dozen different types of antioxidants that are responsible for the benefits of celery.
- Lowers cholesterol.
- Soothes the nerves, with calming and relaxing properties.
- Helps lower high blood pressure by acting as a smooth muscle relaxant, improving the flow of calcium and potassium in cells, allowing blood vessels to expand and contract with greater ease.
- Helps reduce fat build-up in the liver.
- Good for constipation, bloating, puffiness and water retention, acting as a gentle, mild, natural laxative and diuretic.
- Reduces uric acid and stimulates urine production, especially useful in fighting bacterial infections within the digestive tract and reproductive organs, helping prevent UTIs, bladder and kidney disorders.
- Contain quercetin, which helps support respiratory health and fights inflammation.
- Contain catechins, the same compounds found in green tea.
- Plenty of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities.
- Effective in keeping the skin beautiful and glowing by reducing inflammation and keeping skin hydrated.
- One of the best known of all the anti-inflammatory super-foods.
- Contains lutein, which is related to vitamin A and beta-carotene.
- Gives you iron, vitamin K, and folate.
My 3 Favorite Anti-Inflammatory Juice Recipes
Homemade Anti-Inflammatory Celery and Pineapple Juice
(Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian)
Serving: for 2 people
- 8 celery stalks
- 2 cups pineapple
- 1 green apple (remove core and seeds)
- 2 large handful of spinach
- 2 knob ginger
- Wash and peel all fruits and vegetables.
- Leave the fruits and vegetables on the counter 30 minutes before juicing.
- Add all ingredients to vegetable juicer starting with the softest to the hardest. The softer ingredients should be on low speed and the harder textured ingredients should be set to high speed.
- Gently stir juice and consume immediately.
Homemade Skin Glowing Celery and Cucumber Juice
- 1 big handful of spinach
- 2 stalks celery
- ½ cucumber
- ½ cup pineapple chunks
- 1 inch piece of ginger
- ½ tsp. lime or lemon juice
- Few mint leaves
- ½ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
- 1 cup coconut water (or water) to blend
- 1 scoop of Vital Proteins
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Why it works:
- Cucumbers keeps you hydrated, flush toxins, and promotes clear and healthy skin.
- Mint is full of antioxidants, creates a cooling effect from within, and promotes healthy digestion.
- Lemon + Lime is packed with vitamin C which helps to reduce inflammation, great for acid reflux, and boosts metabolism.
- Coconut water is full of electrolytes, anti-ageing, and immune-boosting.
- Pineapple is anti-inflammatory, packed with antioxidants and vitamin C.
- Celery has anti-aging properties. It is rich in vitamins A and C and protects the skin from damage from free radicals. Celery is also known as an ‘acne killer’. And it not just fights acne, but even the scars that could otherwise be left behind.
DIY Pineapple Celery Drink for Sore Muscles (Post-Workout)
- ¼ pineapple
- 6-8 ribs of celery
- 1 fennel
- 1 cucumber
- a handful of mint leaves
- 1-inch ginger root
Why it works:
- Pineapple is loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant that aids in both tissue growth and repair.
- Pineapple is also amazing for glycogen growth, a lot of which gets depleted during a workout.
- Celery reduces inflammation and providing relief to sore muscles post workout.
Juicing Tips and Tricks
- Line the pulp container with a bio degradable plastic bag (as shown in the image above).
- Herbs, sprouts, or leafy green vegetables should be bundled together and juiced first. Place on low setting.
- Drink juice on an empty stomach. This will allow all the vitamins and minerals to go straight into your bloodstream. A rule of thumb to follow is to wait at least 2 hours after a meal to drink a green juice and wait 20 mins after drinking a green juice to consume a meal.
- Consume the juice fresh within 15 mins of making it. You see as soon as your freshly made green juice gets exposed to air, the live enzymes begin to degrade which decreases the nutritional content. You can even taste the difference when drinking it fresh or drinking it 30 mins or 1 hour later. Even the color changes. The longer you wait, the green starts to go brown in color.
- You can obviously store your juice in the fridge but I never do. I always drink it right away. If you want your juice to last 2-3 days longer use a masticating juicer.
- Rotate your greens weekly. Don’t use the same greens over and over (kale, chard, spinach, mustard greens, collards, dandelion, arugula, etc.)
- You can save money by choosing fruits and vegetables that are in season.
- Always peel fruits with hard or inedible skins, such as mangoes, guava, melons, or pineapple.
- Citrus fruit can be juiced if peeled first.
- All fruits with pits, hard seeds, or stones such as nectarines, peaches, mangoes, apricots, plums, and cherries must be pitted before juicing.
- Add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice to prevent your juice from browning.
- Do you hate to see all the pulp down the drain? You can use it to thicken casseroles or soups but you have to use it the same day you juiced. Pulp is also great used in the garden for compost.
It’s no surprise that juicing makes the Pinterest top 100 Trends list for 2020. The search for cucumber juice benefit is up over 99%.
I love my Breville Juice Fountain Elite. Juicing is one of the fastest and easiest ways to get your daily nutrients. You can easily make your own combination. Listen to your body. Make a note of which fruits and vegetables make your skin glow, or helps reduce bloating, migraines or in the case of my husband the arthritis in his finger joints. For me the celery juice with pineapples and other goodies works great,
Check out my Pinterest board for several recipes. There are juices for the skin, for weight loss, for energy, for cleansing, for detox and more. And check out ideas for juicing for your blood type too. It could make a huge difference in how you feel. Let’s drink to our health! Cheers!
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