Are you an avid juicer? If the answer is yes, then you probably have a few favorite juicing recipes that you drink everyday. While drinking fresh juice is super healthy for you, if you are consistently drinking the same juices, then you may be doing your body a disservice.
The best way to gain the optimum benefits from juicing is to mix up your recipes and start juicing fruits, veggies and herbs that aren’t so common. If you are ready for a little adventure, then here are five uncommon foods that can take your juices to the next level.
Garlic is one of the oldest plants in the world. For centuries this wonderful plant has been used for medicinal reasons around the world. Garlic is a wonderful addition to your daily juices because it stimulates digestive enzymes, can lower your cholesterol and promotes detoxification.
Garlic’s inner power comes from its ability to be a potent anti-fungal. It will wipe out any fungal infections in your body and keep your immune system working properly.
Plus, garlic also has been proven to reduce your risk of cancer by targeting abnormal cells in your body. This miracle plant is truly an ingredient that you should be ingesting on a regular basis to stay healthy.
Why you should juice it? Garlic’s one of those veggies that’re just better raw.
Want a juice recipe to try? Here’s a great one, courtesy of Spa Bettie. It’s super simple and all you’ll need is…
- 1 fresh garlic clove
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- 1 bell pepper
Quick tip: Go for yellow or orange bell peppers – they tend to be sweeter. This juice is perfect for those times when you feel a cold coming on and you want to stop it in its tracks!
Moringa is a leaf that is native to India. It is a super energy booster and is packed full of nutrition – in fact, it’s so nutritious that it also goes by the moniker “the world’s most nutritious plant.”
And it’s not even hyperbolic, when you consider that moringa leaves contain over 90 nutrients and 45 compounds with anti-oxidant properties and 36 with anti-inflammatory properties!
The thing is – it’s pretty challenging to find fresh moringa leaves to throw into your juice each morning so if you want to get the energy, nutrients, and all the health benefits of moringa, either sprinkle it in powder form into your juices and salads. Of course, you can always blend it into smoothies as well!
#3. Barley Grass
Barley Grass is just the ingredient you need if you want increased energy, an stronger immune system, and a burst of nutrients. This ingredient is packed full of iron, calcium and protein. Barley grass also has numerous antioxidants which can help you reduce the signs of aging and help prevent many cancers and chronic diseases.
It will give your daily juices a slight savory taste while adding over 12 minerals and 13 vitamins – that is, if you can find (or grow) fresh barley grass to juice.
Which can be challenging but worry not – barley grass can also be found in powder form and blends wonderfully into smoothies.
Turmeric is a peppery, savory spice that pairs wonderfully with citrus fruits and ginger. This spice is known all around the world for its potent anti-inflammatory effects. This ingredient is full of anti-inflammatory properties that will help prevent cancer, chronic disease, heart disease and stroke.
Plus, it can help you keep your weight low and your blood sugar steady throughout the day, not to mention keep the common cold away.
Here’s a deliciously rejuvenating turmeric juice recipe, courtesy of Gourmande in the Kitchen:
- 1 medium beet
- 3 medium carrots
- 1 medium blood orange (or any orange)
- ½ a lemon
- 2 inch piece/10g turmeric root
- 1 inch piece/10g fresh ginger
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
This brilliant recipe is not only great for the body, it’s a joy to make – a whirl of beautiful colors that refresh your mood as well.
Ginseng is a versatile ingredient that can pair well with many different types of juices. This ingredient has been shown to reduce your risk of cancer, improve your memory overtime, and give you a boost of energy.
Plus, the ingredient is classified as an adoptgen, which means that it has the unique ability to enhance your own body’s ability to adapt to any type of stress, whether it be physical, medical or emotional.