Make Your Own Juice: Four Healthy Recipes from Savorfull

Make Your Own Juice: Four Healthy Recipes from Savorfull - Quicken Loans Zing Blog

This is a guest post from Savorfull Founder and CEO Stacy Goldberg, MPH, RN, BSN. Savorfull is based in Detroit and is part of the Quicken Loans Family of Companies. For more information on Savorfull, please visit Savorfull.com.

Why spend $8–10 on bottled juice when you can make your own at home? Save time, money, the environment and calories by shopping for your own fruits and veggies and making your own juices. Many bottled juices are very high in sugar and low in dietary fiber. When you create your own blends at home, you have the ability to tailor your juice to your own specific dietary needs and to control the amount of added sugar by using more vegetables than fruit. Here are four of the Savorfull team’s favorite healthy juice recipes.

You Can’t Beet It

Ingredients

2 beets, cut into half-inch cubes

4–6 kale leaves

2 oranges, peeled and quartered

5 carrots, chopped into small pieces

Directions

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding a splash of filtered water to help it along if it gets stuck.

2. Strain with fine mesh strainer. Press down with a rubber spatula to speed things along.

3. Enjoy immediately, or cover and chill.

You Can’t Beet It is a detoxifying juice that blends fruits and vegetables. Kale is the powerhouse of the leafy greens and is high in iron, vitamins A, C and K, and antioxidants. The beetroot provides betacyanin, which can potentially reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Digest and Detox

Ingredients

1 apple, any variety, cut into small chunks

4 carrots, cut into small chunks

1 handful of spinach

¼-inch piece of ginger root, with skin removed

Directions

1. Place ginger, carrot and apple in blender and blend. Gradually add spinach to blender.

2. Strain with fine mesh strainer. Press down with a rubber spatula to speed things along.

3. Enjoy immediately, or cover and chill.

This crisp and refreshing juice is packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals and dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is not only heart healthy, but helps to promote regular bowel movements and prevent constipation. The ginger root in this juice is very helpful in settling the stomach.

Lean, Green Machine

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened almond milk*

1 ripe banana

2 handfuls of spinach

1 tablespoon ground flax seed meal

2–4 ice cubes, or as desired

Dash of cinnamon

Directions

1. Add almond milk, ground flax seed meal, spinach and banana to blender and blend until smooth.

2. Add ice cubes and blend some more.

3. Enjoy immediately, or cover and chill.

The bright green hue of this juice derives primarily from the dark, leafy greens in the spinach. Spinach is rich in vitamin K, and is best recognized for its ability to help blood clot. Bananas not only provide a smooth, creamy texture to your juice, but are also a good source of potassium with 400 mg per serving. Bananas, at approximately 100 calories each, also provide sweetness, so you don’t need to add additional sources of sugar. Ground flax seed meal is a natural source of healthy fatty acids and dietary fiber and has a nutty flavor similar to wheat germ.

*We recommend Trader Joe’s unsweetened almond milk, available in the refrigerator section. Unsweetened almond milk is also available from companies such as Almond Breeze and Silk.

Sweetheart Juice

Ingredients

½ cup cherries (about 10), pitted

1 cup watermelon, chopped

½ cup strawberries, with stem removed

1 tomato (heirloom or any variety)

1 small beet (beetroot), washed and peeled

Optional: Cut off ends for a milder flavor

½ cup fresh basil leaves

Directions

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, adding a splash of filtered water to help it along if it gets stuck.

2. Strain with a fine mesh strainer. Press down with a rubber spatula to speed things along.

3. Enjoy immediately, or cover and chill.

The Savorfull team enjoys this sweet juice because of the rush of antioxidants and other potent phytonutrients that can energize and flood your system. The ingredients in this beverage also have health benefits such as the ability to prevent cancers and cardiovascular disease. The lycopene in the watermelon and tomatoes can help reduce the rate of prostate cancer, and these fruits provide a low-sugar natural sweetness. The vitamin C in the strawberries also helps fight off colds!

 

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