We celebrated our princess birthday party with great fun, she enjoyed thoroughly, thanks to everyone who wished and blessed her. Since birthday party has heavy with pizza, cake and gulab jamun, I thought I will start this week with a healthy juice. I have seen on Dr OZ show that there is even a 3 day weekend detox diet, for which you have to drink 5 juices a day and eat one meal that has only fruit and vegetables.
I wish I could do that, but afraid to start a complete detox diet, so wanted to start with only morning juice. In future I will try to do a detox diet. I need to get rid of some baby fat that I still have. While growing up I always thought that vegetables are only eaten after it is cooked and eat as curries are that there are not any other ways. Then I came to know they can be consumed as salad, which helped during pregnancy as I had developed gestational diabetics when pregnant with my daughter. Then I came to know a combination of juice with cucumber and celery is good. Frankly speaking I was not a fan of celery at first; I would buy them only to make vegetable broth and jamabalaya or chili. Now after trying a few times and also reading the healthy benefits of Celery, I have started to love celery. So they appear in my juice.
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Celery consists of 95% water, and is very alkaline, and rich with fiber. According to this article it is consider to be power food and should be consumed daily. Further it has blood pressure reducing properties, as it has active phthalides, which relax the muscles of arteries and thus regulate the blood pressure. Due to high fiber content it is good candidate of weight loss, also it is negative calorie food. . Celery leaves are a source of flavonoid antioxidants zeaxanthin, lutein and beta-carotene, which have antioxidant, cancer-protective, and immune-boosting functions. Even in Ayurveda(Indian natural medicine) the use of celery seed is well known for colds, arthritis and diseases of liver and spleen.
Even in my home state Kerala, people have started trying to add vegetables in their drinks, and also to make smoothie. I have seen a YouTube video wherein a juice shop guy is making a vegetable smoothie with lots of vegetables and yogurt.
If you want to start a strict detox fruit diet, you have to eat only one fruit for 3- 7 days, and first come white grapes as it is a great detox fruit then next come apple and pear. If you want to read more read from here and also fromhere
Do you know the health benefits of Pear, snacking one pear can meet you your daily requirements of fiber as it has about 25-30 grams of fiber, according to this sourceand an adult daily fiber requirements is about 35 grams. It also helps to reduce your cholesterol levels, reduce risk of breast cancer. Further it contains a fair amount of vitamins A, C, K, B2, B3, and B6 and minerals. It is also good for food sensitivity people as it is hypo-allergenic fruit. Quercetin is an antioxidant found in the skin of pears. It helps prevent cancer and reduce artery damage that can lead to heart problems, and also pears may help us to prevent from getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Another ingredient, cucumber is also just like celery and is 95% water, and helps in rehydration of the body, and is good source of vitamin B. If you want to know about further health benefits of cucumber read from here. Lemon is full of vitamin C and makes everything tasty. Why wait, just go and grab all these ingredients and make juice out of it.
To increase taste I added ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon of pepper powder. I used normal salt, if you want you can use rock salt as it is more healthy. If don’t like to add it in your juice skip that. It is delicious juice you can start a day with it.
Print recipe from here
Cucumber, Celery, Pear, Lemon Juice: A Green Detox
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
2 Celery Stalks
1 cup Water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cucumber ( I peeled the skin and removed the seeds)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
How I made:
In a blender combine everything blend together to form a smooth consistency and strain through the strainer and set aside.
Enjoy with ice.
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