12 Healthy Juice Recipes to Help You Feel Your Very Best
Now that you are engaged, you have a lot to celebrate, but in addition to raising a glass to toast your new relationship status, remember to drink to your health as well. This collection of smoothies, from Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide ($26, amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com), contains several master formulas to help you feel your best leading up to the big day, whether your aim is to energize, detoxify, or hydrate.
Make one of these protein-packed smoothies whenever you need a boost during your busy days of planning a wedding. They’re loaded with nut and seed butters, yogurt, tofu, and more.
Mixed Berry-Tofu Smoothie
You only need four ingredients (banana, berries, orange juice, and protein-rich tofu) to enjoy this super-silky, super-refreshing blended drink.
Toss a few pitted dates in a blender with almond butter, yogurt, and cider for a smoothie that tastes as rich and creamy as a milkshake and is a good source of vitamin E and calcium.
Pear, Oat, and Ginger Smoothie
Raw oats not only give this shake a pleasant texture, but they also load it with healthy fiber.
With all the celebrating (ahem, bachelorette party, anyone?), you might find yourself needing a little help recovering. Or try one of these recipes whenever you’re feeling sluggish (or wish to prevent being that way).
Take a cue from raw foodists, who swear by their morning “green juice.” Our version contains kale, fennel, celery, plus apple, ginger, and honeydew for flavor, but you can swap in whatever green veggies and fruits are in season.
Strawberry, Grapefruit, and Ginger Smoothie
Strawberry, an antioxidant-rich superfood, and grapefruit, a low-calorie source of vitamin C, make for a tart, refreshing mix that’s sure to satisfy. Bonus: This drink recipe yields three servings, so after you’ve had your first, refrigerate the remainder for when you’re ready for more.
Green Machine Smoothie
Include dark, leafy greens in your blended drinks to encourage better enzyme function. Here, we added kale—known for its liver-cleansing properties—and romaine leaves and parsley sprigs to tropical fruits and ginger.
Beet, Apple, and Mint Juice
Bursting with betalains, red beets are antioxidant superstars and support your detox by neutralizing toxins in order to flush them from the body.
Grapefruit, Carrot, and Ginger Juice
Give your immunity a delicious boost by downing this zesty drink featuring juiced carrots, which are high in vitamin C.
The importance of staying hydrated can never be overstated, especially when gearing up for major life events. Hydrating is an easy way to prevent stress, illness, and unwanted breakouts before your wedding. Made with coconut water, cucumber, romaine, and fresh fruit, these drinks will quench your thirst—and supply essential nutrients, too.
Four simple ingredients work hard to hydrate in this juice recipe.
Honeydew and cucumber join forces to refuel in this beverage flavored with a hint of mint and lime.
Named for packing plenty of moisture, watermelon is the star of this tasty tonic, which requires no added sugar thanks to the natural sweetness of the fruit.
Juiced baby spinach, chopped romaine, and pineapple are all you need to create this sip-worthy snack.