It is not common to have a healthy juice for breakfast each and everyday, especially while you are in your early twenties. Sure, you may want to go out with your friends and brunch at one of the awesome restaurants that the city has to offer. But, it is actually important to make sure that you get in some good fruits, vegetables and protein into your system when you wake up!
Breakfast Juices That Will Improve Your Health
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Packing it with nutrients and vitamins will improve your health considerably. Most of us prefer carbs to kickstart the day to compensate for the starvation of the past 10-12 hours. Building up an appetite for a stomach-filling plate food is normal. Pancakes, toast, idli, and poha are some of the popular breakfast items. But, they aren’t packed with fibre, vitamins, and antioxidants.
Breakfast is the best time to consume fibre and replenish the body with nutrients. Tackling this issue is super-simple. The answer to all your problems lies in a glass of juice. They are extremely easy to make. And you can mix fruits and vegetables of your choice to up the vitamin intake. Here are six healthy juices to begin your mornings with.
1. Beetroot-Blueberry Juice
Beetroot is one of the best choices you can make. It is packed with several nutrients like iron, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B6. It has nitrates that can enhance athletic performance and balance blood pressure. But, despite all the health benefits it offers, many avoid it due to the intense earthy flavour.
You can add a handful of blueberries to the juicer to make the taste not tolerable but delicious. Blueberries are a popular superfood. They are low in calories and high in nutrients. A cup of blueberries will supply the body with 25% of the RDI of manganese, 36% of the RDI of Vitamin K, and 24% of the RDI of Vitamin C. The antioxidants in it will keep away premature ageing too. Blend one beetroot and a cup of blueberries together, and you have a vibrant glass of delicious, healthy morning drink.
2. Spinach-Kiwi Juice
Spinach is probably the most widely available superfood. You can even grow them at home. It is no news that dark green leafy vegetables are good for you. But, that doesn’t make them any easier to gulp down. Spinach is packed with iron, and there is no better natural remedy for anaemia. But, iron isn’t the only beneficial content in spinach. One cup of spinach leaves has 167 mg of potassium, 30 mg of calcium, and 58 micrograms of folate.
You can make this green juice a lot more interesting with few kiwi fruits and celery stalks. Kiwi flesh has a combination of tart and sweet taste. The antioxidants in kiwi are known to help with asthma and digestive problems. It is full of vitamin C, and one cup of kiwi contains 273% of the recommended daily intake. Blend one cup of spinach, one cup of kiwi, and a few celery stalks. You can add a squeeze of lime to it too.
3. Tomato-Carrot-Pomegranate Juice
Tomatoes may not have a bunch of nutrients to its credit. But, 95% of it is water. Eating raw tomato is like indulging in flavoured water without feeling guilty about artificial additives. To make it a healthy morning juice, we have carrots and pomegranate in the play. Carrots have soluble fibre called pectin, which can lower blood sugar levels. They are also beneficial to the good microbes in the gut, which are essential to general health.
Pomegranates get their blood-red hue from polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants. The amount of polyphenols in pomegranate is three times higher than green tea. The free radicals in it protect cells from damage and inflammation. A recent study by researchers at the University of California says that, drinking 8 oz of pomegranate juice every day will improve cognitive functions including learning and memory. Blend the tomatoes, carrots, and pomegranate together, and you have a brain power boosting morning juice.
4. Cucumber-Muskmelon Juice
Cucumber is mostly associated with salads. But, it is a great addition to breakfast juice too. This fruit is low in calories and soluble fibre, but high in antioxidants. Cucumbers contain antioxidants called flavonoids and tannins, which are two compounds that are highly effective in fighting off free radicals. Since they are low in calories, they are highly recommended for people trying to lose weight. It will add a freshness to your juice as well.
Here are a few benefits of consuming juices in the morning:
- Juices energise the body & help boost immunity.
- Consuming juices replenishes the body with much-needed vitamins & minerals.
- Juices help improve gut health & cleanse the body of toxins.
- They also promote healthy skin and hair.
So Juice It Up and join the bandwagon. Here are a few great juice options that you can consider for having an empty stomach.
1. OG OJ
A crowd fav, Orange Juice extracted by squeezing the fresh, citrusy oranges, is one of the best sources of Vitamin C, potassium, and folate. A great immunity booster and powerful antioxidant, OJ can be enjoyed just like that, added to mixed fruits to make a fruit cereal bowl, or blended with other fruits like banana & berries, to make a hearty, delicious, healthy breakfast smoothie. And if you feel you don’t have time to make fresh orange juice at home, give our Valencia Orange Juice a try.
2. The ABC Juice
Just like the letters A, B, and C form the foundation of the alphabet, the Apple, Beetroot, and Carrot juice lays the foundation for good health and is a must-have in your diet. This miracle juice provides full-body detoxification and rejuvenation. It cleanses your inner organs, boosts the immune system, stimulates metabolism, and helps relieve constipation. The Vitamin A-rich ingredients promote anti-aging and healthy skin, good eye health, and energise the body. You can easily make it at home or even consider having Flush Juice from RAW Pressery.
3. Leafy Green Juice
Having a healthy juice made with green leafy veggies & fruits in the morning is a great way to start the day! Blend some kale leaves, green apples, cucumber, kiwi, mint leaves, and lime juice together & you have the perfect green juice. Green leafy vegetables and fruits are high in phytonutrients and contain generous amounts of vitamin A and C. This fibre-rich juice is rich in iron & will help cleanse toxins from the blood while keeping your skin and gut happy. You can make this leafy green juice at home or check out our Lean Juice.
4. Pom The Bomb
The beautiful red Pomegranate is often called the antioxidant powerhouse. Rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, Pomegranate has great anti-inflammatory properties. Pom Juice is beneficial for people with anaemia, hypertension, and high blood sugar levels. This heart-healthy juice; also promotes good bone health, glowing skin, and increased exercise endurance. While juicing pomegranate juice at home might be tedious, with our Pomegranate Juice you can enjoy deliciousness without the hassle.
5. Berrylicious Blend
A berry good start your day would be having an antioxidant-rich blend of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, and some frozen banana slices. Not only are these colourful jewels of nature extremely delicious, they are also; packed with fibre that keeps you feeling full for longer & are low in calories. Rich in multiple vitamins and minerals (especially Vitamin C and manganese) they are also good for the skin. It’s a blend you can treat yourself to every day. And in case you wanna have it handy try Life Smoothie from RAW Pressery.
All-in-all consuming juices in the morning on an empty stomach is a trend that’s catching on as they effectively provide a burst of nutrients and energy right at the start of the day. Moreover, juices enhance the fast absorption of vitamins and minerals; in the body.
Energizing Breakfast Juice Recipes to Kickstart Your Day
If you usually need a bit of time in the morning to wake up, don’t worry, you’re not alone. And that first cup of coffee just can’t come soon enough!
I’ve been replacing coffee with nutritious and energizing juices and green smoothies in the mornings, and while it wasn’t easy in the beginning (I was a serious coffee addict!), my body and mind are now very much used to it.
It feels great to start the day with a glass filled with healthy nutrients giving me an instant energy boost that lasts for hours. And coffee? I still love it, especially on a lazy Sunday morning, but nothing beats starting my workday with a fresh juice.
Having a quality juicer in your kitchen that performs well and is easy to clean, certainly makes the whole juicing experience so much more fun.
Delicious Morning Juice Recipes
I’ve tried and tested many recipes, some work well and others don’t. But I always recommend finding a good balance between sweet and delicious fruits and nutritious vegetables.
1. Naturally Sweet Lemon Ginger Power Beet Juice
I’ve learned to really appreciate the flavors of beets and often try new juice and green smoothie recipes with beets as a key ingredient.
Beets are loaded with essential nutrients such as folate, potassium, iron, and vitamin C, but most of all, they give you that instant energy boost. This is why beetroot juice is my go-to drink before I do my workouts.
Beets have a naturally sweet and earthy taste that blends perfectly with the powerful flavors of lemon and ginger. The cucumber in this recipe at Inspired Taste adds mineral-rich water, keeping the flavors well in place.
There is no need to add more fruits to this recipe as the beets already bring in enough sweetness to your juice.
Ingredients (yields 2 glasses):
- 2 Medium-sized beets
- 1 Medium-sized cucumber
- 1 Small piece of fresh ginger (1 inch)
- 1 Medium-sized lemon
2. The Ultimate Green Juice
It’s always tempting to throw sweet fruits in your juicer as we all love a delicious drink with lots of sweet, fruity flavors. But we shouldn’t ignore greens as they provide us with the most nutrients.
The trick is to get the balance right between flavor and nutrients.
This super-nutritious juice recipe does indeed have all the best flavors and contains a good variety of different types of greens, such as kale, spinach, and celery, mixed up with a bunch of green apples.
I’ve tried it several times now and it’s amazing. The portion sizes in this recipe are big, so you can store the juice in your refrigerator for a few days.
Ingredients (yields 4 glasses):
- 2 Bunches of (lacinato) kale
- 2 Bunches of spinach
- 5 Medium-sized cucumbers
- 6-8 Green apples
- 1/2 Bunch of celery
- 1 Head romaine lettuce
3. Apple, Beetroot and Ginger Juice
The deep pink color of this energizing breakfast juice is to die for. Beetroot is certainly not the easiest ingredient to juice as it often requires a bit of manual work.
But the amazing health benefits of this red vegetable make it all worthwhile. The added ginger gives this juice extra flavor that works well with the sweetness of the beetroot and apples.
Drizzle and Dip have created this simple yet very potent juice recipe that you should drink slowly to enjoy. The foamy layer on top makes you think you’re drinking a bright-colored cappuccino!
Ingredients (yields 3 glasses):
- 2 Large beetroot (approx 400g)
- 1 Small piece of ginger (1 inch)
- 5 Medium-sized cucumbers
- 6 Apples
4. Turmeric Ginger Carrot Juice
One of my favorite spices is turmeric, not just because of its rich flavors, but more so because of its amazing health benefits.
If you don’t include turmeric very often in your diet, you’re missing out on a lot of goodness. In that case, I recommend taking turmeric supplements as they can provide many health benefits.
Ginger is another one of my favorite ingredients to add to my juices as it’s simply the easiest way to enjoy its health benefits.
The Breakfast Criminals have come up with a very unique and tasty juice recipe that contains both turmeric and ginger, mixed with apples and carrots.
If you can replace your morning orange juice with this nutritional powerhouse drink, your day just can’t go wrong.
Ingredients (yields 1 large glass):
- 5 Medium-sized carrots (peeled)
- 2 Apples (halved and cores removed)
- 1 Small piece of fresh ginger (1 inch)
- 1/8 Teaspoon turmeric
5. Easy Celery Juice
Celery juice first thing in the morning as breakfast may not be for everyone, but I love it because celery is one of my go-to vegetables at any time of day.
This particular recipe can be prepared with a juicer as well as with a blender, and with literally only two ingredients, is as simple as it gets.
Carrie over at Clean Eating Kitchen is the creator of this nourishing, fresh, and delicious breakfast juice recipe that has fast become one of my favorites.
Ingredients (yields 2 glasses):
- 2 Bunches of celery
- 1 Lime (skin removed)