Recipe: Juice boosts

Recipes | Eating Right | March 1, 2018
Three juice blends to have at work or home

Juice can have health benefits, and it's perfect to add a little more flavor to your daily liquid intake. We taste tested the three juice options below and give them two thumbs up. 

Green Juice Boost (get your veggies)

Ingredients

  • 3 handfuls fresh spinach, about 3 cups
  • 1/4 of an organic lemon, including peel (1/8 cup lemon juice and no peel if not using an organic lemon)
  • 1 green apple, cored and sliced

Directions

Use a juicer or a blender to combine ingredients until smooth. If using a blender, you may need to add up to 1/2 cup of water, scraping down the sides of the blender as needed. Drink it as is, or strain it to make a smoother juice.

Nutrition Facts:  130 calories, 0g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 4g protein
Adapted from: In The Little Red House Blog

Turmeric Juice Boost (anti-inflammatory)

Ingredients

  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger (optional)

Directions

Juice the 4 lemons into a 16-ounce mason jar or small pitcher, add the coconut water, turmeric, cayenne and optional ginger. Add lid to the jar and stir/shake until combined. Pour into a small glass and serve.

Nutrition Facts:  20 calories, 0g fat, 5g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 1g protein
Adapted from: Cooking Channel TV

Blueberry Juice Boost (antioxidant)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, about a quarter of a fresh pineapple (can use canned pineapple in its own juices)
  • 1 cup blueberries (can use frozen or fresh)
  • 1 piece fresh ginger, grated (1/4 to 1/2 inch)

Directions

If you have a juicer, remove big fruit seeds and alternate types of fruit pieces. Make sure there are no seeds, stems, or tough outer bits. You can also put everything in a blender. If using a blender, scrape down the sides of the blender as needed. Blend until smooth and drink it as is, or strain it to make a smoother juice.

Nutrition Facts: 240 calories, 0.5g fat, 62g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 2g protein
Adapted from: Martha Stewart

Reviewed by PeaceHealth dietitians and nutritionists