Spring has sprung! And while we should be focusing our eating efforts on bitter greens (like arugula and dandelion) sometimes it's nice to switch up the routine a bit. This juice is a great breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up (as long as it's accompanied by some clean protein to balance the sugar from the carrots, of course! And handful of almonds will do the trick). It contains turmeric and ginger, both of which are lovely spices that help to quell inflammation and encourage blood flow. Yum yum!
And adding a drop of doTERRA's lemon oil is also a wonderful way to gently detoxify the body as we start to melt away our winter fat stores and cleanse our blood for spring spryness. Look here for more Ayurvedic spring diet tips.
Make sure to rinse your produce thoroughly before juicing.
3 carrots 1/2 cucumber, skinned 4 celery stalks, de-stringed 1/2 lemon, peeled 1 inch of fresh ginger 1 pinch dried turmeric powder 1 teeny pinch cayenne pepper 1 little pinch sea salt 1 drop doTERRA lemon essential oil
Place all veggies, ginger root, and lemon in your juicer and juice.
Put juice in a jar (with a tight-fitting lid) and add the remaining ingredients. Shake it, baby, shake it, until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
Or, if you don't have a juicer, place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend to smithereens. Then strain over a glass (or not), and sip to your heart's content.
Carrot: Carrots are well known for their rich supply of the antioxidant nutrient, beta-carotene, which is GREAT for our eye health. However, these root vegetables are also a great source of a variety of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients such as vitamins A, C, K. Studies have shown their effectiveness in the prevention of colon cancer, and their benefits to our cardiovascular health. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Celery: Celery is jam-packed with vitamins K and C, beta-carotene, and manganese. But also contains phytonutrients that are shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits and protect the digestive tract. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Cucumber: Cucumbers contain three types of phytonutrients which provide with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. They are also very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of Vitamin A, C, and K, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Lemon: Lemons are vitamin C powerhouses. Great for immunity, vitamin C can also be helpful for preventing the development and progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. See here for more health benefits and nutritional info.
Chile (or Cayenne Pepper): Ah, the beloved chile. A sacred plant where I come from (New Mexico), this pungent pepper has a myriad of health benefits. The phytonutrients found in chile can fight inflammation, clear congestion, boost your metabolism and immunity, while balancing your blood sugar. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Ginger: Ginger is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress such as gas, bloating, motion sickness, and morning sickness. See here for more health benefits and nutritional information.
Lemon Essential Oil: Lemon oil has many properties including anticancer, antidepressant, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, and antioxidant. It is refreshing and invigorating, had can be used to help lower blood pressure, improve memory, ease sore throats and anxiety, help dissolve cellulite, boost energy, calm digestive problems, cleanse the lymphatic system cleansing, and promote a sense of well-being. It is also miraculous for removing grease, gum, oil, and unwanted marks and spots. See here to learn more about doTERRA essential oils.
*NOTE: Not all essential oils are created equal. I only use doTERRA because their oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which is suitable for internal, external, and aromatherapeutic consumption.
*NOTE: All doTERRA Essential Oils are extremely potent. I’d recommend 1 drop per batch. Otherwise, just know that you will have a VERY strong-tasting snack!
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