Basil Apple Celery Swiss Chard Juice


April 19, 2013

This basil apple celery Swiss chard juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse purifies the blood, aids tissue repair and prepares you for sleep.

Basil Apple Celery Swiss Chard Juice

This basil apple celery Swiss chard juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse is jam-packed with chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the Swiss Chard and parsley to purify the blood and regenerate the cells. Cucumber hydrates the body and further flushes toxins from the body, while celery contains magnesium and calcium calm the nervous system and prepare the body for rest.

The Health Benefits of Swiss Chard Juice 

A cousin of beet and spinach, chard—red, green or rainbow—is a storehouse of phytonutrients, boasting health-promoting and disease-preventing properties. Chard figures in cholesterol-control and weight-reduction programs, and is an excellent source of vitamin C, to combat free radicals, maintain normal connective tissue, prevent iron deficiency, and enhance resistance to infectious agents. One of the best vegetable sources of vitamin K for building blood, chard is also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin-A, flavonoids, and antioxidants like beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as B vitamins, copper, calcium, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. Regular consumption of chard may help prevent osteoporosis, anemia, vitamin A deficiency, and protect against cardiovascular diseases and abnormal cell development.

This leafy green is cooling and best balanced with warming ingredients like cayenne. The leaves and stalks produce a mild green juice like that of romaine lettuce, but more complex in flavor—it’s sweeter, tangier and a bit earthy. Since chard combines well with almost all fruits and vegetables, like spinach, it’s good company for a first foray into the realm of green juices.

The Health Benefits of Parsley Juice 

One of the most common herbs, parsley offers a myriad of health benefits. It’s a brilliant blood purifier, and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help control blood cholesterol, prevent constipation, and protect the body from free-radical damage. Its essential volatile oils can be used as a local anesthetic and as an antiseptic for teeth and gums. Rich in polyphenolic flavonoids, parsley rates among the richest plant sources of antioxidants. It is also a good source of potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and folates.

As a warming herb, parsley’s perfect for moderating cooling foods, especially in the colder months. We use the flat-leaf variety, as it has a more intense flavor than its curly-leaf restaurant-garnish cousin, with less bitterness. Light as a feather, parsley will throw its weight around in a juice, delivering that aromatic and pungent “clean” taste. In the right amounts, it combines well with leafy greens, sweet fruits like pineapple and mango, as well as apples, lemons, and limes. A handful juices easily, stems and all.

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 Celery Juice 

Alkalizing, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, and loaded with nutrients: essential amino acids, tryptophan, vitamins A, B complex, C, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, iodine and copper, celery is also effective against respiratory conditions like bronchitis and asthma, and helps lower blood pressure. The organic sodium and potassium in celery make this juice a great post-workout refresher that helps replace electrolytes. It’s also a natural laxative and diuretic, supporting bowel and kidney health. Celery is a cooling vegetable, and we work it into our juices to take advantage of the rich mineral content and natural calming and sedative properties. We like it just as much, though, for its great flavor.

The natural salts are more abundant in the leaves, so when juicing celery, push the entire stalk (leaves and all) through the machine. That will yield a tangier, more savory juice. Celery makes a nice addition to almost any mix, especially juices made with leafy greens and other vegetables. As it sits, celery juice tends to get more assertive flavor-wise, so it’s best enjoyed right after it’s made. If you’re not using immediately, chill it, sealed up, but for no more than a few hours.

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.

Other Swiss Chard Juice Recipes For You

Apple Romaine Swiss Chard Juice
Sweet Beet and Swiss Chard Juice
Cleansing Beet Orange Swiss Chard Juice

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Basil Apple Celery Swiss Chard Juice

This basil apple celery Swiss chard juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse purifies the blood, aids tissue repair and prepares you for sleep.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks Swiss chard
  • 1 handful basil
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Push all of the ingredients through your juicer

Recipe Notes

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

Comments

Comments 26

  1. I am a vegetarian, trying to go Vegan not always easy with a meat eating hubby & lots of dinners out with family etc, anyway I have really wanted to try to juicing and this 3 day cleanse looks like a great way for me to ease into this to try, my problem is I do not own a juicer & am not keen on spending the money just yet until I know I am fully commited is there another way to do it with out a juicer?

    1. Hey Lori, do you have a blender? You can make these recipes in a blender (just blend and then tweak to taste) and then strain with a nut milk bag or sheer piece of knee-high hosiery. Quite a few people did that with the last fast. It works great. We would love to have you join us 🙂

  2. Just curious, I’ve noticed cleansing juices often use lemons, limes, or grapefruit, but never oranges. Is it because of the sugar they contain?

    1. Lemons and Limes are low sugar fruits and are incredibly alkalizing and detoxifying. Oranges are much higher in sugar content and therefore more acidic.

  3. I am in love with juicing, and I finally convinced my Mother to get on the smoothie band wagon. I want to buy her a good blender, but can’t afford to buy her a Vitamix like I have. She would only use it to make one smoothie a day using frozen fuit. Any suggestions on which one to buy her?

    1. After trying almost every single blender on the market and having readers email me constantly about all of the machines and their experiences, if you are not going to get a Vitamix, I would recommend the Breville BBL605XL. It is fabulous.

    1. I have heard that that it leaks as well, and that it doesn’t completely pulverize some foods. My money is on the the Vitamix and then the Breville. Consumer reports agree. Check out the consumer reports on the BBL605XL.

  4. Is the Breville as expensive as the Vitamix? It’s a gift for my MOm who is onl;y going to make a smoothie once a day (if that). But…I don’t want to buy something that leaks and scare her away from making herself a smoothie (and a positive lifestyle choice). Looking to spend under $200. Vitamix is double that (atleast)

  5. Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it. I onlyhave experience with my Vitamix and with regular old blenders from yester-year. LOVE my Vitamix. But, I use it for everything. It’s awesome. She won’t ever make anything besides a simple smoothie in hers. Thanks for your input 🙂

  6. Hi: I’m from Brazil and I really appreciate your site. I’d like to know what’s better for breakfast – smoothies or green smoothies? Could you suggest how do I incorporate veggies into my breakfast. I need additional ideas and support. Could you help me. Thnak’s so much. Sonia Regina

    1. I highly recommend green smoothies for breakfast as you want to get as many alkaline leafy greens into your body as possible in different ways. To avoid alkaloid toxicity, always rotate your greens every day (use a different leafy green). Start with mild tasting greens like spinach, romaine lettuce, mustard greens, and then work up to kale, beet greens, collard greens, chard, carrot greens etc etc and then work up to wild edibles like dandelion greens, etc. You can look at my green smoothies section under the how to under the resources tab of the site. I hope this helps.

  7. Hi: In your green smothies section there is a lot of kind greens . I’d like to konw what’s ingredients can I use with leaf green? Thank’s so much.

    1. If you are following food combining principles, leafy greens mix well with all other fruits and vegetables. Fruits, however, are better digested when not in a smoothie with root or starchy vegetables. So, if you are adding fruit to the leafy greens, do not add any carrot, beet, celery, etc. However, if you are making a veggie green smoothie you can add all of those things. I hope this helps.

  8. I know this is late but I stumbled upon this heavenly website from Pinterest, I lost 105 pounds from the dr bernstein diet and these recipes and tips have helped me curb cravings and keep me motivated to continue,

    I will be trying this juice cleanse tomorrow I will go out tonight and purchase the ingredients !

    1. Welcome! So glad you found me through Pinterest. HOW much fun is that site? SO thrilled for your new health and weight loss, and really delighted that these recipes helped you a little. Enjoy the cleanse. We will doing another one in July. Please join us.

  9. Hi! I just did this juice fast, (a friend told me about it, and I didn’t realize you had a Summer/Fall fast instead. ) I am actually on my Day 3 early evening and feel amazing!!! I used a Breville Juicer instead of my Vitamix so I didn’t have to strain it every time! Lost 4lbs in 2 days, expecting 2 more by tomorrow, and already have breakfast and dinner with girlfriends planned tomorrow around a JUICEBAR! Although I am craving an avocado, of all things, to bring me back to solid foods. Thank you! The thing I noticed most was that my skin glows, and has cleared up tremendously in only 3 days . YAY! Thank you! My question — how often do you suggest a 3 day cleanse if I am already a decently healthy eater? We eat organic and if can’t get that, at least non-GMO. Some chicken, some fish. Quarterly? Monthly? Thank you!

    1. Thankyou for sharing your experience Sherry. I am so pleased you enjoyed the cleanse. I am sorry it has taken me so long to respond to you. I have had technical issues with my site for months. I juice fast one day a week (to give my system a break and a reboot) and then a 3 day cleanse at the beginning of each season. So – a 3 day seasonal cleanse every quarter. All of the seasonal cleanses stay on the site. So, you can participate at your leisure.
      http://healthyblenderrecipes.com/articles?require_all=category&category=98&category;:not=75&exclude=category:not

  10. Hi, I’m going to try out this 3 days cleaning receipt soon, very excited about, I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time. However, I only have a normal blender so that means it’s hard for me to get rid of the pulps. Is it ok to drink the juice with pulps or really have to strain them away? Thanks a lot for sharing a great recipe, every single of them sound very yummy indeed.

    1. Sorry for my delay in responding to this. We had a glitch in our notification system. You can make these juices in any blender. But, for fasting purposes, it really is best to strain. Just use a fine mesh strainer over a jug or bowl, and it is super easy.

  11. I use the Jack LaLanne juice and find when I juice leafy greens such as kale or spinach that most everything if not all of it ends up discarded just as I put it in and it’s a waste.

    1. Alternate between greens and high water content produce (or a bit of water) to get the most out of your leafy greens.

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