Give yourself an antioxidant boost with this super-tasty carrot celery and apple juice. Slightly sweet and perfectly balanced, with a delicate tinge of ginger. Five ingredients and two steps is all that’s needed to make a healthy homemade juice minus the added sugar and the price tag.
Hello friends! So, how’s your winter coming along? It’s been quite rough for us lately. Kids and Deepak have been sick twice already and now it seems to have caught up with me too. Boo, I know. We’re not a family that gets sick often (thank God), the last time I remember, was when the little one caught strep in Cancun this past Summer. It was dreadful. I know there have been some nasty viruses in full swing, as everyone around us seems to have been hit at some point.
Since Sunday, I’ve been feeling so stuffy, my taste buds are kaput, can’t smell a thing and my head feels like it’s been hit by a double decker bus. I don’t know about you, but when its like this, I prefer liquids to keep myself nourished. First on my list was to make mum’s incredibly delicious bone broth. I knew nothing would give the feeling of warmth and comfort like bone broth. Yes, I will share that recipe soon! But my body also called for an antioxidant boost and so I made this super-tasty carrot, celery and apple juice. I love the fact that it’s not overly sweet or pungent, simple to pull off and quickly give me the nutrition I needed for recovery.
Think of juices as an addition and not a substitution to your diet
I commonly hear that juices are “too sweet.” And that’s true if all you’re using is fruits. You can certainly mix things up and what I particularly love about homemade juices is that there’s so much flexibility to add different combinations of fruits with vegetables. You can play around with the amounts in order to find a recipe that suits you. On top of this, if you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy eating certain whole fruits and vegetables, juicing may be a fun way to add them to your diet and experiment with new foods you normally wouldn’t eat. Now hold your horses – am not saying juicing is better than eating whole fruits and vegetables. It’s yet another novel way to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet and bring variety. Who doesn’t want variety?! Remember, that juicing does extract all the fibre from the fruits and veg and therefore you will absorb juices faster than say, a smoothie – which contains all the fibre. If you enjoy juicing but find that they can cause a spike in your blood sugars, try these tips:
- Focus more on vegetables than fruits when making juices. Generally, I’ve found that 80% vegetables and 20% fruits works quite well.
- Watch your portion size. I would say, start with a small serving and see how it affects your sugar control.
- Accompany your juice with some protein and/or fat. This will add bulk and will help to slow the absorption of the natural sugar in your juice and reduce the spike in your blood sugars.
- Keep well-hydrated. If you’re not drinking enough water during the day, your blood sugars will spike more because you’re blood will be concentrated with sugar.
- Get movin’ because physical activity will help to bring your blood sugars down by clearing it from your blood and giving it to your exercising muscles to use as fuel.
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How to make carrot celery and apple juice
Five ingredients and 2 steps is all that’s needed to make this carrot celery and apple juice. Simply wash and prep all your fruits and veggies as per your juicer’s instructions and juice away.
What are your favourite juice combos? Have you tried my carrot celery and apple juice? Tell me in the comments below! And if you’re looking for creative ways to enjoy fruits and veg in liquid form, you love my Superfood Green Smoothie.
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