Do you love juicing? You’re in wonderful company! Millions around the world consume a raw food or juice diet to amplify their healthy lifestyle. If you have not been including celery juice in your juicing toolkit, perhaps it is time.
Today, we will explore the nutritional facts and benefits of celery juice. Additionally, we will provide you with a delicious recipe to try.
Celery Nutrition and Benefits
Raw celery, whether consumed whole or in a juice, delivers many healthy benefits to your body. Here are a few.
Ultra Low in Calories
One stalk of celery is extremely low in calories--just 10 calories in a long, 12” stock, according to Nutritionix. And one cup of celery juice? Well, it contains a measly 40 calories.
And one cup of celery juice? It contains approximately 40 calories.
Benefit: If you are extracting juices with a goal of weight loss, this data is important. Swapping celery out for some other veggies can further reduce your caloric intake and help you lose weight faster.
Like most fruits and veggies, celery is a naturally fat-free food.
Benefit: You can add celery to your smoothies without worry about cholesterol or fat intake.
Adds Fiber to Your Diet
You know the long strings you need to pull off of celery before you can enjoy it raw? Those are bound together by dense fiber. In fact, each single stalk contains roughly 1.6 grams of fiber.
Benefit: Drinking the juice of this veggie can aid in keeping a clean gut.
The Antioxidant Impact of Vitamin C
Each glass of juice delivers 16% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin C, an effective antioxidant that helps keep your body strong.
Here is why antioxidants are harmful.
They fight free radicals that wage serious assaults on your body’s cells. They stem from exposure to pollutants, chemicals, cigarette smoke, and car exhaust. Once they attach to your cells, they weaken them by damaging their electrons. That process is called oxidation--and it’s dangerous.
Your armor in this daily battle? Vitamin C and other antioxidants that help strengthen your cells and repel the attacks.
Benefit: You will nourish yourself with the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C. This nutrition helps to defend against oxidative stress to your cells, including cancers.
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Feast on Phytonutrients
Phytonutrients (aka phytochemicals) are compounds that plants produce in order to remain strong and healthy. Once harvested, those benefits remain in the plant’s cells. Of course, this means that you get to consume them and enjoy the healthful impact.
Phytonutrients contain antioxidants, which you just read up on. Additionally, they offer anti-inflammatory protection.
Some of the different types of phytonutrients you’ll receive by juicing celery are:
Flavonoids: These support cell health. They repel specific cancers and fight heart disease. In addition, they help to detox your liver.
Carotenoids. Compounds that boost the efficacy of your immune system. These help keep you fight off viruses.
Glucosinolates: These phytochemicals help rid your body of toxins and help you fight infections and carcinogens.
Benefit: Consumption of phytonutrients can help you to feel better by cutting down on inflammation, which is the root of many viruses, cancers, aches, and pains.
Celery Juice Recipes
Preparing Celery for the Juicer
Your juicer does a tremendous job of extracting the juice and discarding the unpleasant strings and fibers for you. So it’s tempting to toss those bad boys into the machine and just let ‘er rip.
However, it’s vital to note here that you should wash your celery under running water before you juice.
This step can eliminate any pesticides, chemicals, fertilizers microscopic bits of mildew, or bugs that may have stowed away, making the trip from the field to your kitchen.
Because you are committing to clean eating, it makes sense for you to ensure that your food is, well...clean.
Detoxifying Celery Juice
The addition of ginger, cinnamon, and apple warms up this juice and makes you think of a fall day. Moreover, the nutrition you’ll receive will help to remove impurities from your liver and gut of toxins.
1 bunch of celery
1 Granny Smith apple (or other green variety of your choosing)
½ of a cucumber
1” piece of ginger root
½ of a lemon
1 tsp. Cinnamon
Start by running the cucumber and celery through your juicer on the low setting to break them down. Then, add it the rest of the ingredients and cycle on high. Enjoy immediately for the best benefits.
Immune System Boosting Celery Juice
The addition of lemon and oranges adds in extra antioxidant protection from Vitamin C. This drink is delicious, thanks to the citrus flavor.
One bunch of celery
2 - medium sized oranges
½ a lemon
Start by breaking down the celery and cucumber on a low setting, if your juicer is equipped with that feature. Then add in the fruits and run them through on high. Sip it while it’s fresh or store, covered, in the fridge for one day.
Refreshing Celery Juice
Do you want a juice that’s ideal for helping you stay hydrated on a hot summer afternoon? It can be challenging to choke down endless glasses of water on those days. So add this juice into your beverage rotation. It’s light, nutritious, and reminiscent of the tropics!
1 - bunch of celery
1 cup of fresh chopped pineapple
½ cup of coconut milk
5 springs of fresh mint leaf
Place the celery and pineapple in the juicer first to break them down. Add the coconut mild and mint leaf near the end of the cycle--the green flecks of mint leaf taste amazing and look beautiful in your drink.
Final Thoughts on Celery Juice
When you are juicing, especially for newbies, you’ll find many recipes that rely on cucumbers, berries, bananas, and apples. Celery, however, is sometimes overlooked. But it should not be.
With its very low calories, powerful antioxidants, and fiber-filled contents, you should also be sure to add celery into your repertoire.
Indeed, celery should probably earn the designation of the unsung hero of your juicing diet.
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Dr. CHRISTIAN-JEVON BRAMWELL MD
Christian Bramwell, MD uses his own weight loss story as teaching for people struggling with their own weight through blogging, teaching, and writing. His mission in life is to promote health and education, that is why he has chosen to be a family physician and found his own nonprofit Project RAK based on education and empowerment.
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