Here is an easy celery juice recipe made in a blender or a juicer in 5 minutes, and with huge health benefits as well as delicious flavor thanks to bright ginger, fresh limes and sweet green grapes.
My celery juice recipe features fresh celery as the main ingredient and tastes delicious thanks to three supporting ingredients. These extra ingredients are necessary because plain celery juice alone tastes like you blended your front lawn. To make my celery juice taste better, and even boost the nutrition, I added fresh ginger, lime and green grapes.
Experts admit the healthy benefits remain in celery juice even if other healthy ingredients are added. Like my refreshing beet juice recipe, cucumber juice recipe, my apple cider vinegar drink , my green smoothie and my ginger juice, I think this simple drink will change your mornings.
What is Celery Juice?
Celery juice is an intensely healthy drink made from pulverized fresh celery and water that has become popular for powerful detoxing, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and antioxidant properties. The juice has been touted in the last decade as a health food miracle by some healthy food experts who cite a laundry list of benefits. While not all the claims are backed by science, plenty of studies support at least 6 areas that strongly benefit human health.
Benefits of Celery Juice
Drinking celery juice specifically provides the following benefits:
- Boosts immunity
- Detoxes the body
- Lowers inflammation
- Lowers cholesterol
- Supports digestion
- Benefits joints
Fresh celery. Use organic celery as opposed to not organic since celery is considered one of those vegetables that retains pesticides. To make about 16 ounces of celery juice, you'll need about 1 package of 2 celery hearts.
Ginger root. Use a knob of fresh ginger root. There is no need to peel it though, because you'll be straining the pulp out of the celery juice. Ginger provides a fresh bite to the drink, disguising the green flavor, and boosts the immune-boosting power of the juice, as well as clears brain fog. [source]
Limes. Limes with the peel on add fiber, and a ton of vitamin C as well as give the celery juice a sweet aftertaste. Lime Juice adds a sightly sweet tang to the juice's flavor. Lime juice and its peel are also strong microbials and contain antioxidants that support the heart and boost immunity. [source]
White Grapes. Sometimes called green grapes, this fruit adds a fresh sweet flavor and also fiber and micronutrients. Green grapes curb the bitterness, adding a touch of sweet flavor but not a lot of sugar since the amount is so small. Green grapes also boost the nutrition of celery juice by providing resveratrol, a substance well known for protecting against heart disease, lowering blood sugar and blocking certain diseases. [source]
See the recipe card at the bottom for full information on ingredients and quantities.
Using a Blender
Science shows juices made in a blender hold more fiber and more antioxidants! [source] And you don't have to own a juicer to enjoy detox drinks! I use my blender to make all my juices and shots. It's quite easy to blend up ingredients and push them through a strainer to remove the pulp and capture a fresh, healthy juice or shot.
Using a Juicer
If you have a juicer, use it! The benefit of using a juicer is the resulting celery juice is more concentrated as you don't have to add water to get the machine going as you do with a blender. I have heard the Breville Juice Fountain is the least expensive brand and easiest to clean, a big area of concern for juicer purchasers.
Step by Step Instructions
For more detail, visit the complete recipe at the bottom of this post, but here are general steps.
Step 1: Prepare ingredients.
1.Wash the celery in cold clean water, pulling off stalks, and rubbing off any dirt with a small brush or even a toothbrush. Chop roughly, including celery leaves.
2.Wash ginger root with cold clean water, also rubbing or brushing off any outside dirt, and chop roughly, including skin. Don't peel.
3.Wash the lime in cold clean water, and chop in chunks, leaving peel. Slice in chunks.
4.Wash the grapes in cold clean water in a colander, and toss any wooden stems. Cut them or not.
Step 2: Either use a juicer and or a blender.
To use a juicer, feed the celery stalks through the juicer's feeding tube. There is no need to add water. Process and enjoy the juice or store.
To use a blender, add the ingredients plus water to the jar.
If using a blender, process for about 1 minute or until all elements are pulverized and the liquid is cloudy but not chunky.
Step 3: Then pour the mixture into a strainer and push the mixture through the strainer with a spoon or rubber spatula until solids remain behind. The captured liquid is your fresh juice! You can strain twice if necessary to remove any sediment that made it through the strainer.
Step 4: Drink the juice right away or save it in an airtight jar for up to 24 hours in the fridge. It also tastes better chilled, so I suggest you either drink it over ice or refrigerate for an hour or more before drinking.
1. When you are cutting the celery stalks, feel free to include the celery leaves. They provide additional fiber and nutrients.
2. Don't bother to peel the ginger or lime. You will be straining the pulp off.
3. Don't keep the pulp to add to smoothies as I recommend in my ginger juice recipe as the presence of the pith in the lime peel will carry a bitter flavor.
4. For an extra clear juice, add a cheesecloth to the strainer so that you are capturing all the sediment and your celery juice is very clear.
Nutrients are always strongest the first hour a fresh juice or shot are made. A fresh homemade juice refrigerated in a tightly covered jar retains 90% of its nutrients within 24 hours.
However, you can capture this freshness by freezing the celery juice in ice cube trays, and putting a few in a glass the prior night, refrigerated, so they are melted by morning and ready for drinking.
Add other fruits & vegetables to celery juice. You can mix and match other fruits and vegetables and blend those into your celery juice. Consider adding pineapple, orange juice, and apple juice as well as fresh carrots, spinach or kale. Start with ¼ cup of each and taste test your juice before adding more.
Celery juice with no sweetener. Make the celery juice without grapes for a celery juice with no sweetener. The celery juice will taste green, but the lime juice will still take off the bitter edge.
Celery juice and water recipe. Blending only 2 ingredients, celery juice and water would match the juice recipe proposed by Anthony William, the health industry professional who is recently famous for touting the benefits of celery juice on his blog posts and podcasts under the name of Medical Medium.
When to Drink Celery Juice
There are some proponents of using celery juice as a detox juicing regime, suggest the juice should be consumed in the morning on an empty stomach, but there does not seem to be scientific support for this morning requirement. Fresh celery juice can be consumed at any time you'd like to drink a nutritious drink. In general, however, drinking any juice on an empty stomach will allow your stomach lining to more quickly absorb its nutrients and the same is so with celery juice.
It takes 2 bunches of celery hearts or one large bunch of celery with leaves to make 16 ounces or 2 cups of celery juice.
Celery juice is high in mannitol, a sugar alcohol that pulls water into your intestines and can cause diarrhea. Some anecdotal stories however indicate that this effect winds down after regular consumption. In addition, celery juice boosts hydrochloric acid in your stomach and can increase the incidence of acid reflux, especially if you exercise or lie down soon after drinking.
Celery juice has many science-supported benefits including it is high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, making it great at warding off disease and protecting your joints. It is also high in vitamin K, which supports healthy bones and, high in vitamin B-5 which helps you feel hydrated.
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Easy Celery Juice Recipe (blender or juicer)
- 2 bunches celery Specifically a package of 2 bunches of celery hearts or a single bunch of celery with leaves
- ½ inch knob of ginger chopped & skin on
- 1 lime chopped with peel on or ¼ cup lime juice
- ½ cup (85g) green grapes about 10 - 12 grapes
- 1 cup (64g) water
- Wash the celery in cold clean water, pulling off stalks, and rubbing off any dirt with a small brush or even a toothbrush. Chop roughly, including celery leaves.2 bunches celery
- Wash ½-inch of ginger root with cold clean water, also rubbing or brushing off any outside dirt, and chop roughly, including skin. Don't peel.½ inch knob of ginger
- Wash the surface of the lime in cold clean water, and chop in chunks, leaving peel. Slice in chunks.1 lime
- Wash the grapes in cold clean water in a colander, and toss any wooden stems. Cut them or not.½ cup (85g) green grapes
Make Celery Juice
- To use a juicer, feed chopped ingredients through the juicer machine's tube and process.
- To use a blender, add chopped ingredients to a blender jar along with with 1 cup of water for about 1-2 minutes.2 bunches celery, ½ inch knob of ginger, 1 lime, ½ cup (85g) green grapes, 1 cup (64g) water
- Pour the mixture through a strainer. Press with a rubber spatula to squeeze out juice.
- Drink. I like it better chilled, so I either drink it over ice or refrigerate for an hour or more before drinking.
Storing celery juice
- Drink the juice right away, or save it in an airtight jar for up to 24 hours in the fridge or freeze in ice cube trays to blend up when convenient.