I love juicing. It invigorates me. It brightens me. I feel like when I add it into my daily routine I'm more alert, I'm more creative, and well, I just feel better about myself. And, then, consequentially, I make better all around choices about my life and my health.
I tend to make juice a lot more in the spring and summer as the temperatures rise because I just enjoy drinking it more in warmer weather. I've been having fresh juice every day lately and I've come to think of it as my own form of spring cleaning for my body and my brain.
Here are a couple of recipes that even the biggest skeptics will enjoy. The first is an old standard in the juicing world: ABC Juice (Apple, Beet, Carrot) It does have an earthy taste due to the beet, but the addition of lemon and ginger in this version gives it a little kick that neutralizes the earthiness without losing the flavor.
The second is a concoction I fell in love with a few weeks ago: Fennel, spinach, mandarin, parsley. It's refreshing, it's light, and most importantly, it's super tasty. I dare you to try this and not fall in love yourself. The fennel and orange pair so nicely with each other, and the parsley and spinach give it an extra healthy boost.
If you don't fall in love with the taste (but you will, promise), fall in love with how healthy it is. Fennel is loaded with vitamin C, and has also been shown to reduce inflammation and to help prevent the occurrence of cancer. It also is strong in folate which has been shown to have cardiovascular protecting qualities. We all know that spinach is good for us. It's a great source of magnesium, iron and potassium. And parsley..whoa parsley. This little herb should be way more than a garnish. It's also loaded with folate and vitamin C, and in animal studies it's been shown to both inhibit tumor formation and neutralize particular types of carcinogens (like the kind found in cigaret or charcoal smoke.) Mandarins we all know are full of vitamin C, but they're also a great source of vitamin A and vitamin E in addition to helping with healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
What are you waiting for? Go make yourself a delicious, tall glass right now. Your body, your brain, and your tastebuds will thank you.