Delicious Detox Strawberry Juice


July 13, 2013

This delicious strawberry juice with apple, cucumber, lemon, and ginger from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse is a detox disguised as dessert.

Delicious Detox Strawberry Juice

This delicious strawberry juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse is a detox disguised as dessert. Strawberries are chock-full of vitamin C and other antioxidants, as well as beta carotenes to dial up the detox. Apple helps break down toxins in the intestinal tract, lemon aids the alkaline agenda while adding a delightful tang, and ginger warms up the blend, stimulates the lymph and the digestive tract, and helps calm inflammation.

The Health Benefits of Strawberry Juice

Strawberries help those grey cells live longer and transmit messages better. Along with truckloads of vitamin C and other antioxidants for heart health, strawberries aid digestion and weight loss, and phytonutrients combat the development of abnormal cells. Relatively low in natural sugar, strawberries pair well with most fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens. Juicing berries can feel decadent and wasteful. To get the most bang for your buck, remove the calyx (green stem/leaf) and push the berries through the juicer alternating with high-water-content foods like cucumber, oranges, and apples, and little bit of filtered water.

The Health Benefits of Cucumber Juice

This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.

We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.

The Health Benefits of Apple Juice

Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year ‘round. As an aid to cleansing, apples’ high pectin content provides a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs.

Apple is a cooling food, and we include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables. The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables; our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp. That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes work with any apple you have on hand.

We recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Lemons provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in lemons have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.

While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.

The Health Benefits of Ginger Juice

Used in its raw form, this brilliant health-promoting juice booster gives beautiful back-end kick to blends of all kinds. In one serving of juice, as little as a half-inch slice of washed, unpeeled root packs a powerful punch.

We rely on ginger as a warming agent, to counteract the cooling effects of fruits and vegetables, and to promote healthy sweating, beneficial to the cleansing process and fantastic for battling colds and flu.

This sensational herb-and-spice is an overall anti-inflammatory agent that stimulates the lymphatic system, provides cardiovascular and respiratory support, aids digestion and tones the intestinal tract, and relieves gas, bloating, nausea and gastrointestinal distress. It helps make blood platelets less sticky, and reduces risk factors for atherosclerosis. Ginger’s powerful antioxidants and anti-tumor agents can also protect against free radicals.

There’s no need to peel ginger before juicing. Much of the nutrients are in the skin or just beneath. Scrub the root, lop off a piece, and juice away. In our experience, people either love ginger in a juice, or hate it. Starting slow’s a good way to go if you’re unsure which camp you’re in.

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Delicious Detox Strawberry Juice

This delicious strawberry juice with apple, cucumber, lemon, and ginger from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse is a detox disguised as dessert.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 16-ounce glass
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 1 green apple,  cored
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries 
  • 1/4 English cucumber
  • 1 lemon,  rind removed
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger root, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Push the apple, strawberries, cucumber, lemon, ginger, and water through your juicer.
  2. Strain any pulp, and stir in the salt.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse.
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

Comments 6

  1. Hi, I’m just new to juicing and have already seen lots of inspiration on this site.. Looking forward to learning more, a vitamix would come in handy! 🙂

    1. Great! I am glad you found the site. Good luck with the Vitamix giveaway. It is a random drawing, but my fingers are crossed for you 🙂

  2. hello i am a new juicer, with thanks giving out of the way and Christmas just around the corner i am looking to loose a few pounds. would this be the best way…

    1. Doing a juice fast can absolutely give your weight loss campaign a boost. But a lot of the weight is water weight and fluid retention. For long term results, eat a clean diet in consultation with your doctor and exercise. Every body is different and I am not sure what is going on with your body. But for cleansing and detoxing, juice fasting is fabulous. Always participate in consultation with a health care professional.

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