When it comes to vegetable juice recipes that taste good, like beauty, TASTE is in the eye of the beholder. Below you’ll find a recipe for one of my favorite vegetable juice blends. Use this vegetable juice recipe as a base and tweak it based on your preferences to create your own perfect recipe.
Here’s What’s in this GREAT Tasting Vegetable Juice Exctract:
- A small to medium handful of parsley.
- Small to medium handful of spinach.
- 1/2 half of a lime (for less tart flavor, do a 1/4 lime, especially with bigger limes).
- 2 Roma tomatoes (any will do, but these are what I use and they are cheaper than many others).
- Half of a cucumber.
- Add about a quarter inch to a half inch of ginger root (a little goes a long way)
- One piece or one rib of celery (not the whole stalk, but just one full piece about 8-12 inches long).
The ingredients noted above will yield about 8-10 ounces of juice.
Pardon the slang, but this ain’t no V8 Juice, (which I love) it’s better. The ingredients are much different than the V8 ingredients and the lime just gives it such a smooth well rounded taste. I love it! Some folks do opt for sweeter drinks. For example, I have a family of 6. Half of us love it. The other half prefer things like_________________________ (which they all like by the way).
Naturally, one of the many reasons to make fresh juice pertains to the health benefits of freshly extracted fruit and vegetable juices. Hence, we’ll also talk about these benefits. Keep in mind I am not an MD, but I do research things extensively and I’ve been juicing since I was 18 (I’m 48 now as of January 29, 2021). Further thanks to COVID, boosting our immune system is more important than ever.
Health Benefits of Parsley
When it comes to this great tasting vegetable juice, here’s the health benefits associated with Parsley.
Just a half cup of fresh chopped parsley provides 108% of daily Vitamin A needs, 53% of Vitamin C needs (plays a huge role in supporting your immune system), 547% of Vitamin K needs (also, sort of indirectly good for the immune system), 11% of Folate needs, and 4% of Potassium needs. (source Healthline.com).
Regular consumption of parsley may help with:
- Bone health
- Cancer Prevention
- Eye health
- A natural breath freshener
- Heart health
Health Benefits of Spinach
Another key ingredient in this wonderful tasting vegetable juice is Spinach. Thanks to the Popeye cartoons of old, we all know Spinach is VERY healthy. Below is a chart highlighting the nutritional benefits of Spinach.
Nutritional Benefits Associated with Limes
Limes are a wonderful citrus fruit. They can transform juices and foods alike. Here’s the skinny on lime nutritional value. One whole lime has about 20 calories, 19.5 mg of Vitamin C, 22.1 mg of Calcium, 4.02 mg of Magnesium, & about 0.402 mg of Iron.
Here’s a list of some of the benefits of lime:
- Lime’s antioxidant properties are thought to protect eyes from aging and something called macular degeneration.
- The juice of a lime can aid in digestion and be helpful in relieving constipation.
- Flavonoids from lime are also thought to assist and stimulate the healing of peptic and oral ulcers.
- Lime is known to help reduce fever.
- Additional benefits associated with lime juice is helping treat respiratory disorders, lower blood pressure, reduce the presence of LDL cholesterol, diabetes management, and more.
Health Benefits of Tomatoes
Another ingredient in this oh so good tasting vegetable juice recipe, is tomatoes. Tomatoes a major dietary source of lycopene. Lycopene has been linked to a number of health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Tomatoes also deliver a good amount of Vitamin C (about 28% of RDO in a small, whole tomato), Folate, and Vitamin K.
Aside from the heart and cancer benefits, tomatoes are also believed to be helpful in skin health, diabetes management, boost digestive health, and improving your vision.
Nutritional Benefits of Cucumber
Cucumbers don’t have too many calories, but they are jam packed with important vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants. Here’s what’s in a roughly 11 ounce, raw, unpeeled cumcumber:
- 45 Calories
- 11 grams of carbohydrates
- 0 grams of fat
- 2 grams of protein
- Vitamin C = 14% of RDI
- Vitamin K = 62% of RDI
- 2 grams of Fiber
- 10% RDI of Magnesium
- 12% RDI of Manganese
- 13% RDI of Potassium
Cucumbers are thought to assist in weight loss, promote hydration, possibly promote regularity, and possibly lower blood pressure.
Health Related Benefits of Ginger Root
Ginger root comes from a flowering plant that originated in SE Asia and is thought to have quite a few health related properties.
In terms of adding ginger root to your juices, I put them in almost every recipe I make. However, it can be over powering, so you may want to test and adjust according you to your taste buds. It can add a nice fragrant-esque spice to your juices and pairs well with both fruit and vegetable juices alike.
This won’t be a super detailed thesis of the health benefits of Ginger, but here’s the rundown of the basic health benefits of ginger:
Certain chemical compounds in fresh ginger help your body ward off germs. Also, ginger can help in treating forms of nausea including morning sickness. It’s also been know to help treat indigestion, osteoarthritis, assist in weight loss, reduce menstrual pain, etc. On a more serious note, it’s properties are thought to be helpful in improving brain funtion and protecting against Alzheimer’s Disease, and preventing cancer. Meanwhile, it’s also been known to lower cholesterol levels and lower blood sugar levels and improve heart disease risk factors.
Celery Juice Health Benefits
Celery contains a robust amount of Vitamin K as well as good amounts of Vitamins A, B2, B6, and C. Aside from tasting great in juice alongside both vegetables and fruits, celery is also a good source of Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Pantothenic Acid, and Dietary Fiber.
Further benefits related to celery pertain to arthritis relief, preventing the spread of cancer, potential reduction in bad cholesterol, help with high blood pressure, fertility, and cardiovascular health. Also, celery juice is thought to have benefits relating to both female and male sexual health.
We hope you enjoy this great tasting vegetable juice recipe. Sometimes it’s nice to mix it up. Often times (probably more often than not) I add fresh Turmeric Root and either regular Beets or Golden Beats. Enjoy!