Our celery cucumber juice recipe can help you make a nutritious drink to start your day.
Celery juice has been having its moment on social media for having a good influence on your body. We decided to give it a try to see what the fuss is all about, and really, our decision was not a mistake.
Celery juice alone is too intense to drink, because celery is packed with strong flavors and aroma. But with additionals, it turns out amazingly refreshing and moderately fragrant.
You can jump straight to the how-to section by clicking the “jump to recipe” button right above. Or, take your time to learn more about the benefits our celery cucumber juice recipe brings.
Benefits of Celery Cucumber Juice
Let’s start by saying that the juice doesn’t have detoxification properties. What it does in reality is much more concrete.
1. The Drink’s Nutrients
To begin with, celery and cucumbers are packed with juice and come with an extremely low calorie content. Their juices are a better alternative to fruit juices, in the sense that they are less likely to cause blood sugar spikes.
While cucumbers alone don’t offer many nutrients, celery is chock full of phytonutrients. They have anti-inflammatory properties and can enhance the body’s overall performance and resistance against diseases.
To the drink, we also added juice from ginger and green apple, for flavor and a nutrient boost. Apples are a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Regarding the cleansing claim, there is currently no scientific evidence to support it. Celery is only a healthy food, not a miracle worker.
2. The Fad Celery Diet
As a side note, many people who have tried the “celery diet” saw clear results. The diet requires them to start their day with a glass of celery juice and to eat healthy for the rest of the day.
The results are thanks to healthy eating, not the juice alone, says dietician Katey Davidson. By following the diet, people restrict their daily calorie intake and avoid consuming excessive amounts of calories.
However, we think that the juice generates motivation for dieters, encouraging them to follow a healthy diet. It’s similar to how soldiers fold their blankets neatly when they wake up— a small, easy-to-do part of their daily routine.
Once the first step is done, the rest of the routine seems more approachable.
3. The Bottom Line
Although celery cucumber juice can’t cleanse your body, it can help you meet your daily intake of water and boost the immune system. There are a vast number of vitamins and minerals present in the juice that provide your body with necessary nutrients.
Plus, one glass to start the morning can motivate you to eat healthy for the rest of the day. Although its value remains whether it’s day or night, it can really help psychologically.
Is Cucumber a Fruit or a Vegetable?
Celery is without a doubt, a vegetable with the stalk and leaves and all. But how about cucumbers?
As you slice them open, you’ll see a line of cucumber seeds running through the center. This proves that this green “vegetable” is in reality a fruit.
Types of Cucumbers for Juicing
Cucumbers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. The popular ones you might find at grocery stores are the regular and the English.
The regular kind is, as we know it, less sweet and a little bit bitter because of the skin. Their skin ranges from deep to light green— as they approach their mature stage— and we often choose the green ones.
English/seedless/hothouse cucumbers are grown indoors, and thus are a little bit more expensive than the regular kind. In return, they come with a deep green skin, are juicier, crunchier, less bitter, and have fewer seeds.
To make cucumber salads, English cucumbers are a better choice, with better flavors. However, since we’re juicing them and there are other flavors to mask, it doesn’t really matter which kind you choose.
How to Make Celery Cucumber Juice
This is the short version of our celery cucumber juice recipe to give you an overview of the steps. A detailed version is listed down below, in the recipe card section.
- Turn on your juicer and juice the ingredients. Collect the juice.
- Add lemon juice and sugar, and stir.
Serve with ice and mint leaves as garnish.
1. Should I Peel Cucumber Before Juicing?
If you use English cucumbers, the taste won’t differ much between peeling the fruit or not. The only difference is the color of the juice, which turns deep green thanks to the skin.
If you use the regular kind, leaving the skin on results in a greener, more bitter juice. We loved the hue and found the bitter taste masked by other flavors, so we left the skin on.
2. Which Part of Celery Should I Use?
Like cucumber, the stalk and leaves of celery give similar flavor and aroma. The stalk is often chosen, but by including the leaves, your juice will be a deeper green.
You’ll notice our celery cucumber juice recipe uses the stalk and not the leaves. That’s because we saved the leaves for another dish.
How Long Does Celery Cucumber Juice Last?
Our motto is “fresher is better”, and it applies to juices as well— freshly squeezed juice is always better.
If you must save it for later use, cover the pitcher/glass that contains the juice with a lid or plastic wrap. Then, refrigerate the drink to keep it within 5-6 days.
Celery Cucumber Juice Recipe
- 4 fl oz green apple juice from about 5 oz apples
- 26 oz cucumber cut into sticks
- 2 oz celery cut into sticks
- 0.5 oz ginger skin removed
- 6 mint leaves
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 cups ice
- 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
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- Juice the vegetables and fruits: Since we already had apple juice on hand, we only needed to feed cucumbers and celery into the running juicer along with the ginger knob. If you don’t have apple juice, prep around 5 oz of green apples and add them to the juicer as well.
- Mix: After juicing the cucumbers, celery, apples, and ginger, transfer the juice into a large pitcher. Add lemon juice and sugar, and stir for around 1-2 minutes or until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Serve: Add ice to the pitcher and serve in four tall glasses. Add mint leaves to the pitcher to decorate and to add a refreshing aroma.
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