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Healthy and Refreshing Juice


By Nancy Smorch

Yesterday Vitalize’s organic juice bar was closed and I was craving some fresh juice (and Orlando was just too far of a drive!), so I decided to take advantage of the fresh produce I just bought at the market and make my own.

Although I’m not sold on the taste of parsley in juice, it is highly alkaline and full of minerals, so I wanted to include it.  And, even though Mike hates celery, and I couldn’t hide it on him because he was watching make the juice, I wanted to add it as well.  Celery is also alkalizing, is also loaded with nutrients and helps regulate the nervous system.

I knew I was going to have to add some sweetness to it (for me, anyway), so, since I love apples, I thought that would be a great way to sweeten it up.  Carrots are also a sweeter vegetable and are a nutrient-dense way to sweeten up any juice, so I added a couple of those as well.

Finally, I thought it would be fun to give the juice a little kick - so I added a good size chunk of ginger.  Besides giving the juice a little zing, the ginger, as always, serves as a great digestive aid and immune booster.

Here are the ingredients:

2 small celery stalks

Good 1-inch chunk of ginger (more if you like more of a zing, ginger is very sharp!)

1 small handful parsley

2 small (or 1 large) apple

2 large carrot

Put all of them in a juicer, stir, and enjoy!

It’s fun to experiment with juices.  And it’s even more fun when the concoction turns out to be tasty!  I’m really looking forward to this summer with all of the fresh fruits and vegetables.  I’m ready to get a little more daring with my juices.

Actually, now that I’m thinking of it, a Juice Party would be really fun, wouldn’t it?  You could get together a group of friends and family and experiment with your juicer and various ideas - even have blind taste tests and guessing games to see who can get the closest to the actual ingredients in the juices.  Not a bad idea, if I do say so myself.

What are some unusual juice combinations you have tried that you love?