On Tuesday, I shared a post about a cooling watermelon-masala beverage. Today, I’d like to continue with another rejuvenating nourishment I devised for Off the Mat:
Cucumber-celery-orange-based juice spiced up with a little cumin.
I also made this nutrient-packed drink with two other water-rich foods: ginger and baby bok choy. While I used a juicer, I imagine a high-tech blender, such as a Vitamix, would also work.
Though the actual juicing process doesn’t take long, washing and cutting the vegetables and fruits and cleaning up is more of a time commitment. Therefore, I find it an excellent opportunity for listening to NPR, music, or my own breath.
Wash, rinse, trim, and peel all fruits and vegetables as needed. Carefully juice them with your juicer. If you’re shopping for a juicer, I’m very happy with my Breville Factory Reconditioned XXJE98XL Juice Fountain Plus. I found mine for $80 on Amazon, but think the price went up a bit.
Once everything is juiced, pour into a glass. For a little added kick, add a pinch of digestion-boosting ground cumin.
Here’s a little more about the fruits and vegetables I used and why:
Like melons, cucumbers are members of the Cucurbitaceae family. They are made of about 96 percent water, which is naturally distilled, making it a perfect ingredient for cooling, and purifying juice. Rich in the phytonutrients cucurbitacins, lignans (lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol), and flavonoids, cucumber is also esteemed for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits.
Like cucumber, celery is another water-heavy food. It’s a member of the Umbelliferae family, along with fennel and parsley. Celery leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A, while the stems contain generous amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, as well as potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, and plenty of essential amino acids. Celery is believed to help promote low blood pressure, better kidney function, and relieve constipation.
Loaded with vitamin C, oranges are excellent immunity boosters. They also add a pleasant sweetness to the drink. Ginger is an underground stem or rhizome known to contain 12 types of antioxidants. Likewise, it’s an excellent anti-inflammatory and digestive aid, and gives a little sinus-clearing kick to the juice. Finally, bok choy is a vitamin A and mineral-rich leafy green that adds flavor and nutrients.
Improvise as you wish and enjoy!