To be honest, I'm not a huge juicer. I much prefer to eat my fruit and vegetables, and if I do drink them, it's usually in a smoothie. But, I go through stages, especially when I feel my body needs some extra nutrients or boosting in a certain area.
A few weeks ago I was woman down with a cold and it felt like my body was taking forever to get over it. I decided it was time for some juice, I wasn't up for my usual go-to juice (carrot, apple, ginger, lemon), I decided to try out some new combinations. Some were great, some were not so great. Of the combinations I tried, I thought I'd share my three favorites with you. Here are the recipes and I'll tell you why my body loved them just as much as I did.
Detoxifying Black Juice
(makes 1 glass)
For those of you who follow me on Social Media, you'll probably know by now that I have a slight obsession with Activated Charcoal. It has this incredible ability to absorb toxins way more than it's own surface size, including those dangerous heavy metals we don't want in our bodies. You can read more about the other charcoal products I use and why I love them so much here.
I hadn't thought of adding Activated Charcoal to juices until I spotted it at Woolies. I immediately went to Dis-Chem and picked up a tub of Activated Charcoal in the Nature's Choice range (there are various other brands in a range of prices, this one in particular is not expensive and is made from coconut shells). I tried a couple of recipes but liked this one the most:
2 sticks of celery
½ a lemon
2 teaspoons Activated Charcoal
Directions: Put the celery, apples and lemon through the juicer. Add the Activated Charcoal to the juice and stir well.
Immune-Boosting Ginger Juice
(makes 1 glass)
If you're looking for a good old immune boosting juice, with none of my weird and wonderful added ingredients then this is the recipe for you. It's long known that ginger and lemon are great for fighting colds and boosting your defenses against the winter bugs. If you're looking for some extra sweetness, you can also add a teaspoon of honey. I like this recipe because it's easy to make and you're likely to have these ingredients lying at home at any given time.
1 wedge of ginger
Antioxidant Red Juice
(makes 1 glass)
Apart from being super high in antioxidants, I just love pomegranate. I add the seeds to my cereal every morning and at random times during the day I'll walk past the fridge and grab a tablespoon as a quick snack. You can pick up the seeds at most shops but if you can get the whole fruit, I find this lasts longer. The juice in the picture has two tablespoons of aloe juice added as well, but depending on your taste buds, you may or may not want to add this. Acai berries are well known for their antioxidant potency, again, depending on your preference you may or may not want to add this to the juice.
¼ cup pomegranate seeds
2 teaspoons Acai Berry powder (optional, added after the juice is made)
2 tablespoons of aloe juice (optional, added after the juice is made)
My name is Megan, I'm a non-practicing Nutritionist. I live in Cape Town with my husband and two crazy dogs. Read more.