There is nothing more rejuvenating and refreshing than delicious fresh juice. Heading into a hopefully hot summer, freshly made vegetable and fruit juices are packed with cleansing nutrition, intense flavour and pure hydration for your body.
My mom got me the book Superfood Juices by Julie Morris last year, along with a hand-me-down Jack Lalanne juicer (the thing weighs about 100lbs). There are so many unique and nourishing recipes…..and I never knew you could take breathtaking photos of juice, but apparently you can!
I’m going to share my favourite recipes with you, along with the accompanying pictures from the book. Get inspired!
If you don’t have a juicer at home, don’t worry. I’ve starred ( * ) the ingredients that you can buy pre-made as pure juice. Just pour and mix together to make your own superfood concoctions!
Grapefruit Fennel – rejuvenating and toning
* 2 pink grapefruits, peeled
1 fennel bulb (remove green fronds)
* 1 tbsp sea buckthorn berry juice
Juice grapefruit and fennel, then stir in sea buckthorn berry juice. Taste, and add a natural sweetener if needed (stevia, maple, honey).
Benefits – grapefruit is refreshing, cleansing and full of antioxidants. Sea buckthorn berries are high in omega 7 fatty acids which help with skin clarity and weight management.
Lime Greens – refreshing and invigorating
1 romaine lettuce heart
3 celery stalks
* 1/2 lime, juiced
* 1/4 tsp wheatgrass powder (you can also use fresh wheatgrass juice).
Juice cucumber, lettuce heart, and celery. Transfer to a cup and stir in lime and wheatgrass.
Benefits – lime is cleansing and alkalizing to the body. Romaine hearts add more greens without ‘green’ flavour. Plus they are a great source of folate for energy and brain health.
Electrolyte Chia Lemonade – perfect for summer or post-exercise
* 1 cup coconut water
1 cup filtered water
1 tbsp chia seeds
* 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
sweetener, to taste – I found xylitol tasted the best in this recipe, fyi.
Don’t need a juicer for this one! In a shaker cup/mason jar, combine coconut water, filtered water, chia seeds and lemon juice. Mix well, taste, and add sweetener. Let drink sit in the fridge for at least 10 minutes so that the chia seeds have time to become jelly. Drink and enjoy!
Benefits – chia seeds are packed with protein, fibre and essential fats to keep you feeling full. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes (potassium, calcium, magnesium) to help replenish your body after exercising or being in the sun too long.
Volcano Hot Chocolate – rich and satisfying
* 1 cup fresh beet juice (2-3 beets, or store-bought fresh juice)
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup cocoa/cacao powder
2 tbsp liquid sweetener (I liked maple syrup best)
1 and 1/2 cups coconut water
Use a blender to process all the ingredients into a smooth cream. Transfer the contents to a pot and gently heat until frothy, but not boiling. Serve warm.
Benefits – beets are cleansing, heart-healthy and supply rich iron and oxygen to all your tissues. Raw cacao powder is a great source of magnesium to help calm your mind and muscles.
Bonus – Chocolate Mint – ok, I’m obsessed with chocolate
6 large kale leaves
1 handful fresh mint leaves
1 and 1/2 cups coconut water
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
sweetener to taste (maple)
Juice the kale and mint. Transfer to a blender and add the rest of the ingredients. Blend well.
Benefits – mint and kale are refreshing and provide a healthy dose of chlorophyll, the green pigment that boosts energy, cleanses the body and provides tons of trace minerals.
I want them all…….