After spending a small fortune on a (very well-loved) Vitamix blender, I've had a hard time coming to terms with the fact that I also want a $400 juicer. But I was in a conundrum recently when a fellow nutritionist friend made me a game-changing juice. I say game-changing because never before has a juice felt so intensely refreshing and satisfying - as though every cell in my body was singing. As crazy as it may sound, I literally couldn't stop thinking about that juice and I was determined to find a way to make it, sans juicer. So I started experimenting with my beloved Vitamix - and who knew? It juices!
I'm thrilled to share my "Detox Beauty Elixir" with you. Besides being insanely satisfying, it supplies so many skin-loving and liver-supporting nutrients:
- Beta carotene / Vitamin A for skin cell repair and to support liver detoxification
- Carotenoids that condition and protect the skin from harmful UV rays
- Potassium that helps to hydrate the skin from the inside out
- Vitamin C that is crucial for collagen-production, skin elasticity + liver detoxification
- Silica, a precursor to collagen that helps the skin maintain elasticity
- Pantothenic acid that helps the skin retain moisture
- Antioxidants that fight inflammation and aid liver detoxification
- Vitamin K needed for healthy blood flow to the skin
- and the list goes on...
It's amazing that a few veggies mixed in a blender can pack that much punch, but my guess is that all of those easily-absorbed liquid nutrients truly make the body rejoice (which is why I've made this juice every day for two weeks!).
Enjoy and leave us your favorite juice combinations in the comments below!
Detox Beauty Elixir
- 2 large carrots, washed
- 1/2 cucumber washed and unpeeled
- 1 stalk celery
- 1/4 fresh-squeezed lemon (or about 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice)
- 1-1/2 cups filtered water
- 1 tiny scoop stevia (look for organic powdered stevia that's pure stevia with no fillers)
- Place water and veggies into a high speed blender
- Blend on high for about 1 minute
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth into a glass
- Stir in lemon juice and stevia
- Add ice, if desired, and enjoy!
Word to the wise: while juices are the perfect addition to a meal or as a mid-day pick-me-up, they do not supply enough protein to replace a meal. You can add a tablespoon of collagen powder to add about 5 grams of protein. If you want an easy meal-replacement smoothie, check out my Mega Morning Smoothie recipe here.