This juice boasts of a powerful ingredient–celery. I created this recipe (without pineapple) many years ago when I started noticing that celery soup and juice worked great to subdue or completely cure my migraines. Upon further research it was clear why? Celery is a nutritional powerhouse and among many of its health benefits, lowering inflammation clearly stands out.
Celery also supports digestive health, liver health, and may help with cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. The addition of mint further improves this juice cocktail’s digestion-boosting properties.
A note to forty-plus readers: aim to lower inflammation
As we grow older, our bodies tend to develop chronic, low-grade inflammation–a condition termed as “Inflammaging (more on this later.)” Being on the wrong side of 40, I increasingly aim to include more foods in my diet that can help fight inflammation. Celery helps alkalize the body pH (more on this later), which in turn helps reduce inflammation. To make this juice truly alkalizing, ditch the pineapple and add more celery and lime/lemon juice.
Celery is the star of the show in this juice cocktail. Please choose organic type, if possible. If celery is not available, you can replace it with fresh, preferably organic, cucumbers–a fruit high in alkalizing minerals. Mint leaves add a refreshing touch and add a host of other health benefits such as easy digestion. Pineapple adds a sweet touch and makes the juice more palatable, especially for kids. I often make it without pineapple and increase the amount of celery and lime/lemon juice to avoid blood sugar spike in the morning (see Variation #1).
This juice is most effective when consumed on an empty stomach, especially first thing in the morning. However, you can enjoy its health benefits any time during the day. As with most juices, it is best to consume this minty celery pineappleade within 15-20 minutes of juicing. Please refer to Beet Energy Juice to learn more about storing juices. Enjoy!
This minty celery pineappleade offers a quick, easy, and delicious way to fight/prevent inflammation and boost energy.
- 3 stalks celery (preferably organic, around 7 oz)
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 cup pineapple (around 6-7 chunks)
- 1 tsp lime juice (freshly squeezed, optional)
Cut pineapple into manageable chunks that can go in the juicer feed. Wash celery under running water till there is not sign of any dirt or grit. Also wash mint leaves and lime.
First add fresh mint leaves in the juicer feed followed by stalks of celery and pineapple chunks. If using, add lime juice and stir well with a spoon. Drink within 15-30 minutes of juicing. Enjoy!
Variation 1: Make it sugar-free: ditch the pineapple and add 3 more celery stalks and 1 more tsp of lime (or lemon) juice to make minty celery limeade.
Variation 2: Make it with cucumber, another alkalizing summer special, if celery is not readily available.
Resources and Recommendation
- Chronic Inflammation (Inflammaging) and Its Potential Contribution to Age-Associated Diseases. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Volume 69, Issue Suppl_1, 1 June 2014, Pages S4–S9