It’s been a long time since I shared a fresh-pressed juice recipe but I couldn’t help but buy some beautiful fresh local produce from Your Food Collective ( online farmers market that services the Newcastle/Sydney area) and I had to put it to good use. My box came with a huge bunch of celery and silverbeet that needed using up so I decided to share my new favourite go-to green juice recipe.
As many of you know, I am unable to tolerate supplements or any isolated/concentrated substance. Because of this, I turned to juicing very early on at the beginning of my health journey. Juicing was my way of supplementing my diet and it did wonders for me. It is the main reason I believe I’ve never shown up with any deficiencies on any of the blood tests I’ve done. I’ve never gone on a juice fast, I simply just add in one juice a day on top of my regular meals. I’ve kept up this habit for almost 10 years but it all changed when I had my baby. It’s impossible to get anything done with a baby let alone use a noisy juicer that takes forever to clean. Thankfully I soon discovered that my local healthy cafe (I lived in Townsville at the time) sold fresh-pressed juice and I made it part of my daily routine to go for a walk with the baby and buy a juice. I did this 5 days a week and I believe it helped me tremendously in my postpartum period. I don’t even remember being low in energy despite the interrupted sleep. It all went downhill for me when we moved interstate. The move was such a huge adjustment for me. It was still too difficult to juice every day with a one-year-old and I had nowhere to buy fresh juice from that was convenient enough to visit every day. Slowly I think my health started to suffer, my iron dropped and so did my energy. I can’t blame everything on lack of juicing but it certainly didn’t help!
It’s still pretty hard for me to juice every day but I am putting in some extra effort to start juicing again to help get my nutrient stores back after a long two years of breastfeeding. Even one juice a week is beneficial for me!
I love this green juice because silverbeet gives off a lot of juice! Trying to juice spinach or kale drives me nuts because I get hardly any juice out of it. Plus I tend to eat a lot of spinach and kale in my meals, so it’s nice to get in a different green. Silverbeet is also sweet and mild in flavour and makes for the most delicious green juice I think I’ve had. I’m currently experimenting with the timing of this particular juice throughout the month and also the ratio of celery as too much celery can drop blood pressure and my blood pressure tends to be low during and a few days after my period. I tend to have this juice in my ovulation phase when my energy is high and when my liver needs all the greens to help flush out the estrogen post ovulation. If available I will also add a little pineapple in this juice at ovulation because it helps with high histamine. Histamine increases with high estrogen. I find that my dust allergies are the worst about 2-3 days before ovulation. Here is the recipe:
|Silver beet Green Juice|| |
- 4 celery sticks
- 1 small bunch silverbeet (stems trimmed)
- 1 large juicing cucumber
- 2 apples
- ½ small fresh pineapple, skin removed (optional)
- a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
- Place all ingredients in a juice and juice. Makes enough for 2 glasses or 1 large glass.