I’m not sure if its the motivation of recently embracing my mid-forties, or just me having fun in the kitchen. Either way, I’m serious about making my own juices these days and I’ve perfected some pretty delicious blends. I’ve known and embraced the raving health and beauty benefits of juicing for years now, but recently I’ve found myself looking forward to my homemade juice every morning.
While I’ve been rocking and rolling with our Blendtec blender for years, a few months back my husband surprised me with a new Breville juicer (after shoving the documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead down his throat). If you haven’t seen it, its a must, you’ll thank me later! I have absolutely no complaints about the Blendtec. Actually, I love using to make my smoothies because it does a hella job at retaining the fiber from the fruits and veggies.
I’m finding the art of juicing thrilling, and yes- it’s an art, but you know that if you’ve ever tried a wack juice you spent way too much money for an utter disappointment. Well, I have more times than I’d like to admit, but I’ve been finding juicing both relaxing and rewarding. First thing in the morning, the aroma of fresh fruit, my fav veggies and herbs are so refreshing and relaxing. I get wrapped up in the smells and anticipating the benefits of nourishing my body with such clean, potent vitamins and minerals. No secret, what we put into our body directly correlates to your overall health, energy level and outside appearance. If you’re not a juicer yet, and down for trying something new, I’ll warn you now- it’s addictive: both the taste and benefits.
Here are two of my favorite blends of the moment. Pineapples, cucumbers, and apples are all fabulous for helping to firm our skin. Cucumbers are great for your hair, nails, muscles, and joints because of the high content of silica. Pineapples contain bromelain, which promotes good digestion and is commonly used topically in skin-clearing masks and exfoliants. Cucumber and apple purify and moisturize the skin and they all work together to reduce inflammation.
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 apple
- 4 chunks of pineapple
- Tiny-tiny piece of ginger (if you like a lil’ kick
I’ve shared the ‘deets’ on cucumbers, but lemons and celery contain high amounts of water and vitamin A which helps strengthen roots, hydrate your hair and fights dandruff. Apples (especially green apples) help strengthen the hair, and spinach is a superfood packed with vitamins B, C, E, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, and omega 3-fatty acids.
- ½ cucumber
- 1 cup of spinach
- 1 tablespoon size chunk of lemon
- 1/4 of a celery stick
- 1 apple
- 2 chunks of pineapple
Juicing is perfected by trial and error, but with enough options and a few tries, you’ll create your perfect beauty refresher. I switch up my recipes by adding a dap of this or a drizzle of that, ginger gives just about anything a great kick. Let me know what you think? If you have a great juicing recipe please share, I LOVE trying new ones!
Blender: Amazon- Blendtec
Juicer: Amazon (As used on Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead) – Breville