Written by Petra Denk
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... looks like this: pear and celery juice, carrot juice and beetroot juice
These three juices cheer me up, even if I have previously felt extremely tired. The refreshing effect is probably based on the fact that liquid fruits and vegetables can be well absorbed by the digestive tract. However, three days in a row starting with one of these juices in the day and I feel fit as a fiddle.
Then why don’t I make this experiment permanently to feel refreshed every day? No idea. It must have something to do with my inner couch potato. It’s especially hard to fight against it when it’s cold and dark outside. Sometimes I get up a little later and have no time to cut carrots, sometimes I have forgotten to buy the carrots – these are all bad excuses, as you might mention. Do you have to fight your inner couch potato very often? Well, if not, you are lucky. I’m permanently involved in small struggles against drinking too much coffee or eating too much white bread or pastries.
Anyway I’m fiercely determined to enter into the struggle against laziness and weakness. So I buy all kinds of fruits and vegetables for my 3-days diet. Thus the word “diet” is misleading in this case, because I’m not abstaining from something. I’m only adding these three juices to my daily nutrition. By the way, they all three taste really delicious! So there is no waiver necessary to perform this experiment. And the reward at the end of this little task looks like this: You feel fitter and definitely less tired than before. And the positive side effect could also be that you might lose weight after a while, because the refreshing effect makes you want more of it, so pizzas and burgers maybe won’t attract you like before at the end of the experiment…
And here are my three favorite juices:
Pears, celery and lime drink
- 2 large ripe pears
- ½ lime
- 2 stalks of celery
- 0.1 liters of water
Cut pears and celery into pieces and extract the juice with a juice extractor, add the juice of half a lime and mix it. Tip: If the lime shell is untreated, you can add the lime to the extractor, which is a good producer of antioxidants.
- 4 large carrots
- 2 oranges
- 2 basil branches
- 0.1 litre of water
- ½ tsp extra virgin rapeseed oil (or other neutral tasting, cold-pressed oil)
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
Cut carrots into pieces, peel oranges, both juiced along with the basil, then add water, oil and a pinch of cinnamon and stir.
Beetroot and parsley juice
- 3-4 branches fresh parsley
- 2 apples
- 1 raw (!) beet
- 0.1 litres of water
- ½ teaspoon extra virgin rapeseed oil
- 1 pinch nutmeg
Extract the juice of apples, beetroot and parsley, add water, oil and nutmeg and stir. Tip: If available you can also extract the leaves of the beet or keep them to mix it in a salad - these are extremely rich in vitamins and very tasty.