Ah, summer is upon us! The time where we switch to flip-flops, constantly slather ourselves in sunblock and drink juice to refresh ourselves. We all know that summer is a time where we sometimes forget a little bit about our diets. Early in the year, we all try to lose weight and get those summer bodies, but during the summer, it’s easy to let yourself go in the heat.
Juicing is an easy way to get the nutrition you need. In this article, we will discuss the best summer juicing ingredients and at the end, you’ll find a few recipes! You’ll see that summer is a great season for juicing, with lots of amazing seasonal ingredients.
When you think about juicing ingredients, tomatoes might not come to mind right away. Contrary to popular belief, tomatoes are actually a fruit, and a pretty sweet one. They’re filled with Vitamin C, antioxidants and phytochemical, which help fight all types of diseases, including skin cancer.
Of course, watermelon is the king of hydration, as the name already suggests. Fluids are exactly what you need in summer. Did you know that when you feel thirsty, your body is already dehydrated and you’re actually too late already? The trick is to never get thirsty, and watermelon will definitely help you do that! That same high water content will also keep you feeling full, which will help you curb sweet cravings. As an added summer bonus, watermelon also contains lycopene, which protects skin cells from sun damage.
These sweet juicy summery fruit is a bonafide superfood. Very nutritious and packed with antioxidants particularly vitamin C, actually a cup (250ml) of these sweet berries contains the entire day’s worth of Vitamin C which strengthens the immune system.
Nothing is worse than feeling puffy in the summer. Luckily, celery can help. It acts like a diuretic, helping you lose excess water weight without causing dehydration. The ingredients in celery stimulate the kidneys, causing them to flush out extra waste and extra fluid from your body. Beat that tummy bloat!
Apples are not only tasty and juicy, they’re also incredibly high in fiber. Keep the skin on the apple for maximum nutritional impact. Yes, if you cut the apples in small pieces, you can keep the skin on the apples even when you juice them. Be sure to wash the apples before using them though (or opt for organic), because apples are part of the Dirty Dozen – meaning pesticide could linger after consuming them.
Dark leafy greens
Leafy greens usually do not have a strong flavor, but they’re super healthy and can help ‘green up’ your juices a bit. Fresh, raw spinach and kale is full of antioxidants and will help to make your skin stronger – something that comes in handy when you spend a lot of time in the strong summer sun. Leafy greens contain carotenoids, which your body converts to vitamin A, help protect the skin against sun damage, and also help the skin to heal after being damaged by the sun. If you want to consume more carotenoids, you can also add carrots, apricots, milk, egg yolks and cayenne pepper to your juices!
You might know pink grapefruit for it’s cause of appetite loss. Because of this benefit, it is often used as a tool for weight loss – but pink grapefruit has a lot more health benefits you probably have never heard of! Grapefruits help with digestion, inflammation and acidity, all things you might struggle with in the summer. The juice extracted from pink grapefruit is beneficial in preventing acid formation and many other diseases that arise due to the presence of excess acidity in stomach.
Summer juicing recipes
While you’re probably juicing year-round because of the amazing health benefits, juicing in the summer is something else. When temperatures outside can get well above 90 degrees, nothing is better than a refreshing homemade juice.
Recipe 1: Tomato + Celery Juice
- – 1 large tomato, cut into eighths
- – large stalks celery, trimmed
- – 1 medium carrot, peeled
- – Ice cubes (optional)
Recipe 2: Watermelon + Chia Seeds Juice
- – 1 cucumber
- – Big handful of spinach
- – Handful of mint (3 to 4 big leaves)
- – 1 cup cubed watermelon
- – 1/4 cup chia seeds, soaked overnight in filtered water to make them soft
- – A pinch of sea salt