So you've made it through the piles of stuffing and gravy at Thanksgiving, the heaping plates of fried latkes and donuts at Hanukkah, and the 18 trays of Christmas cookies your aunt made. Now you have to fit into that now super-tight-fitting outfit on New Year's Eve. Shit.
Well, don't worry -- we're here to help. Why not jump-start that inevitable resolution diet you're going on with a post-holiday vitamin boost?
Here are five juices you can make at home:
1. Green Juice: Kale, Spinach, Kiwi, Apple & Banana
Use a juicer to juice kale, spinach, kiwi and apple. Transfer to a blender and mix in 1 banana.
Benefits Kale/Spinach: high in fiber, iron and vitamins A, C & K; anti-inflammatory benefits; help fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders; great detoxifiers for liver, aid in digestion, curb overeating Kiwi: high in Vitamin C, Potassium, beta-carotene and fiber; helps prevent colon cancer Apples: good for the liver and intestines, inhibit inflammation, aid endurance Bananas: help prevent muscle cramps after exercise, help aid digestion, boost metabolism, good source of energy
2. Pineapple, Apple & Cucumber Juice
Juice all ingredients.
Benefits Pineapples: good for eyes and skin; help with allergies, arthritis, inflammation and edema Apples: good for the liver and intestines; inhibit inflammation; aid endurance Cucumbers: help hydrate and detoxify; aid digestion
3. Beet, Apple & Carrot Juice
Juice all ingredients.
Benefits Beets: high in iron; help detoxify liver; purify blood; protect against heart disease and colon cancer; high source of energy Apples: good for the liver and intestines; inhibit inflammation; aid endurance Carrots: very high in pro-vitamin A or carotene; reduce bile and fat in liver; flush out toxins
4. Berry-Ginger Lemonade
Blend ingredients until smooth, and pour through a strainer if desired. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Benefits Lemons: good for liver and gallbladder; help with allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease and colds Blueberries: help strengthen immune system; lower fever Blackberries: reduce inflammation; promote healthy digestion Honey: energy booster Ginger: reduces pain and inflammation; remedies nausea; relieves heartburn and migraines; protects against ovarian and colon cancer
5. Orange, Peach & Carrot Juice
Juice or blend all ingredients. Mix with 1-2 cups water. Strain and serve chilled.
Benefits Oranges: strengthen immune and nervous systems; good for cardiovascular disease, obesity and varicose veins Peaches: improve skin health; help detoxify Carrots: very high in pro-vitamin A or carotene; reduce bile and fat in liver; flush out toxins Lemons: good for liver and gallbladder; help with allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease and colds Ginger: reduces pain and inflammation; remedies nausea; relieves heartburn and migraines; protects against ovarian and colon cancer
Note: These are not meant to be part of a juice fast, but if you plan to complete one, be sure to check out these tips for safe cleansing.
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