Morning Rush 5-Ingredient Celery Cucumber Juice

Posted by on Jan 25, 2019 in Drinks, Juicing, Snacks | 0 comments

… The Feeling of Celery Juice!

Morning Rush 5-Ingredient Celery Juice by DailyForage.com

One of the newest superfoods of recent buzz is celery juice. It’s being talked about everywhere. It’s all the rage right now and has been for over a year (possibly longer if I’ve had my head in the sand). And with buzzy things and trends, I tend to sit back and watch what’s being said, discovered, and uncovered before I jump in. So I was waiting and listening. Then I decided it was a good idea to try celery juice as well.

There is a multitude of writings on the nutritional benefits of drinking celery juice, and green juices in general. This post is not that kind of post. I’ll provide some links below for the “science” of what celery juice can do. This post is to share a delicious recipe of celery juice – with “friends” – and how drinking it for the better part of the past 6 months has made me feel.

I think it’s fairly safe to say that we’re all looking for that silver bullet that’s going to help us get up in the morning ready for the day, be able to chase after the kids, remember where our keys are, still feel mentally sharp when it’s homework time, and not forget to feed the dog until he’s standing there staring at his bowl, right? As well as take care of our insides “behind the scene”.

Even though I don’t have kids around the house to chase after or who need help with their homework any longer, and my husband is now the one standing around the kitchen wondering what we are going to fix for dinner (yes, he helps but I have to have the plan), and the keys, well, I usually know where they are, I am always ready for a fix to keep me mentally sharp and energized all day. Are these wants too much to ask from celery juice or celery-with-friends combo green juices? Let’s see what I found out…

Blended 5-Ingredient Celery Cucmber Juice by DailyForage.com

A Celery Juice Cocktail for So Many Reasons

I can’t in all good consciousness call Morning Rush 5-Ingredient Celery Cucumber Juice a Silver Bullet, but I have found it to be my morning fix that gets me going and keeps me humming a good part of my day.

Why did I originally start drinking celery juice? Because I wanted to help get and keep my gut stable. Having a body that is gluten and dairy-intolerant, it’s easy to throw the system out of whack, even on the strictest watch (and not just from these two protagonists). Additionally, I simply wanted to move into a place of gleaning more of nature’s vitamins and minerals via fruits and veggies.

So what happened when I started incorporating celery juice into my morning routine? It worked for me. My stomach is no longer on edge nor does a major freak out of bloating and gas (things we don’t really like to talk about) if I have a trigger food like tomato sauce, too many sweets, or unhealthy fats. These foods that used to cause a bit of tension in my belly, now don’t give me those belly blues. Yay!

 

Surprise, Surprise

What I didn’t expect going into this morning routine was that I would find it to be my new go-to energy booster and brain de-fogger. I’m still not the person who jumps right out of bed when the alarm goes off. But get me up, let me stumble around while I’m making my celery juice, give me 10 minutes to drink it in peace, then watch out. I’m awake, I’m clear-headed and ready to bring on the decision-making process. I’m ready to go. To me, that is my silver bullet.

 

Celery Juice Keeps Me Moving

Additionally, I’ve benefitted from the anti-inflammatory benefits of this little green dream. My sometimes-cranky joints are much happier now. Less concern that when I play Pickleball, go hiking, or go on a long bike ride, my back, legs, and elbows are going to let me know about it after the fact.

I find I stay better hydrated, too. When I start my day with a celery-based, good-for-me green juice I’m more inclined to turn to my water bottle more regularly throughout the day. I don’t honestly know if part of that is psychological – you know, start the day with healthy choices, continue with healthy choices because you don’t want to screw it up – or if it’s mostly that my body isn’t looking elsewhere for support. Either way, I feel it’s a personal win. And more hydration equals better bowel function too. Which is always good for our bodies – and our brains. More and more research is showing that our gut health directly impacts our brain health. Wins on many fronts. And we all like wins, right?

Strained 5-Ingredient Celery Cucmber Juice by DailyForage.com

My Celery Juice Process

So, how do I do my celery juice process? It depends on my mood. Truly. Sometimes I drink the juice with all the pulp, and sometimes I strain the juice (whether I’m using only celery or a multitude of ingredients). The steps are easy. I have tried making the juice in my juicer. I’m not crazy about it that way. I don’t want to spend time cleaning out the celery strings from a strainer. That’s just me and maybe my type of juicer too. I love my juicer, but not for celery. Depending on what type of juice machine you have, this may be your preferred method.

I prefer to use my high-speed blender to whir my veggies and fruit. The ingredients become a thick liquid. Then I use a nut bag or vegetable bag to strain the juice, unless I want the benefits of the fiber in the pulp as well. It’s ready to serve and that simple. Quick tip: when I keep all the fiber in my juice, I like to add ice cubes to the glass as well. I can drink the strained juice at room temperature, but the all-inclusive pulpy juice is much tastier to me when it’s cold.

So there you have it, my reasons and my process for why and how to make celery juice or celery with friends green juice combo. Morning Rush 5-Ingredient Celery Cucumber Juice is one of my favorite green juices. Feel free to play with the quantities of each veggie and fruit to see what ratio works best for you.

With all this being said, it’s important for me to note here that celery juice is not the end all to health, wellness, and healthy food choices. I would never propose to rely on celery juice-and friends to replace all the other nutritionally sound practices I do throughout the day, i.e. at least 7 servings of veggies and 2 of fruit, 64 ounces or more of water, very little processed foods, minimal sweets, and meat as a side dish not the main focus of my plate.

Happy celery juicing! Do you have experiences to share? I’d love to hear!
Morning Rush 5-Ingredient Celery Cucumber Juice by DailyForage.com

Morning Rush 5-Ingredient Celery Cucumber Juice

Servings: 2 16-ounce servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Minutes
No
Gluten
No
Dairy
No
Egg
No
Soy
No
Corn
No
Peanut
No
Tree
Nut
Vegan

Ingredients

  • 10-12 stalks celery
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 4 mini Cocktail cucumbers
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apple
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Beginning on the very lowest speed, blend and increase speed gradually, until all ingredients are combined. Continue blending 1-2 minutes until everything is pureed. To serve with pulp, pour thick juice over ice and serve cold.
  • To strain to a clear juice, place a nut bag or veggie bag inside a bowl of a large measuring cup (6 cup capacity), and pout purred juice into the bag. Twist top of bag to close and squeeze bag from the top down to press pulp and extract the juice into the container. Do this until all the juice has been squeezed out.
  • Discard pulp and skim bubble off the top of the juice. Pour into 2 16-ounce glasses and serve immediately. Juice can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for later use (up to 24 hours), but the longer the juice is stored the more its nutrients become depleted.

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Articles on nutritional benefits of celery juice…

Celery Juice by Medical Medium

5 Powerful Healing Benefits of Celery Juice

Is Celery Juice Healthy? The Science Behind Celery Juice

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Celery

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