Dr. Google and Nurse Blog-writer sure make a lot of big claims about the health benefits of celery juice. But I am taking the same stance that I took on the “benefits” of Golden Milk, or shoot, the benefits of any detox, even the Master Cleanse.
I will simply tell you the facts according to science: celery is good for you.
I mean, unless you’re allergic to it.
Celery has some fiber, Vitamin C and a little Vitamin B, folate…. and is very watery so it gives you a little hydration as well. Will is cure your migraine? I don’t know. If your migraine is caused by dehydration, then, maybe.
So let’s look beyond the holistic claims. Should you drink celery juice?
Well, firstly, do you like the taste of celery?
If you said no, then my answer to you is: no, probably not. Because this tastes like liquid celery. Because it is liquid celery. So for example, I really dislike the taste of Daikon radishes. In my humble opinion, they taste like hot garbage on a Tuesday afternoon. Having a liquid daikon radish smoothie would be a hellish nightmare for me. In fact, it was.
However, I LOVE celery. But sometimes it can be hard to munch more than one or two stringy sticks. Blending them makes it easier to consume, and hey, the chewing is already done for you. Nice. #GeriatricDiet
Oh yeah, one more thing….
I LIED… WE’RE NOT JUICING ANYTHING
Sorry. It’s true. This was all a guise to convince you to switch over to blending. We’re not juicing anything today, my friends. Juicing is the most wasteful, abomination to produce and starving children I have ever encountered. Don’t feel bad if you juice. I did too. But I couldn’t believe how much waste it created. And there was usually nothing I could do with the solids afterwards besides compost it.
Beyond waste, juicing is just not as nutritious. Those wasted solids are fiber and nutrients that your body really wants. I do not consider a watered down glass of celery extract to be a serving of vegetables. But you know what IS a serving of vegetables? Two 10” celery sticks. And this recipe calls for four sticks. Boom, two servings in ya face. You’re welcome.
So, instead of JUICING, we’re going to blend. So a blender is key. Or food processor, that could work, too. I personally use a Ninja Bullet. I’ve had it for about 6 years now and it has a large cup and small cup size. I found it at a thrift store but I highly recommend them.
Anyway, I’m still calling this celery juice. I just looked up the definition of juice. We’re within our rights.
The recipe is pretty easy.
- 4 celery sticks (or as many as you want, baby) I use the leaves and everything
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice (or to taste)
- 2-3 cups of water (+/- ice cubes)
Play around with the ingredient ratios until you get the consistency and flavor you love.
- If you’re in a hurry, just blend it all and you’re good to go. However, I like my veggie drinks COLD. So I will actually cram my celery sticks into the Ninja Bullet cup, fill to the line with tap water, and pop it back in the fridge for about an hour or so. Then right before I blend it, I add the lemon juice.
- Blend until smooth.
- Drink right away, or pop it in the fridge and give it a good shake before you drink it later. Separation is natural.
This drink is refreshing as heck and I believe it has helped clear up my skin. I have absolutely no evidence to confirm nor deny this assumption.
And of course, this drink is not for everyone. If you dislike celery, you probably will dislike this as well. But if you really enjoy the flavor of celery, give this drink a try. It’s os easy to make and a quick way to get 2 servings of vegetables in!
I hope you enjoy!