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I was never a fan of eating breakfast in the mornings because I couldn’t stomach solids so early in the day, but then I bought a juicer and everything changed.  Now I frequently juice for breakfast or in between meals if I’m feeling hungry.  As well as tasting delicious, these recipes also provide you with a range of nutrients that are beneficial to your body.  Here are some of my favourite fresh juice recipes that are simple and perfect for kick-starting your day.

Celery, ginger and pineapple juice

Ingredients

¼ of a sweet pineapple (no skin)

2 carrots

2 celery stalks

3 slices of ginger

Why it’s good for you

Carrots help to maintain the health of your eyes, hair, skin and nails and they also kill nasty germs in your mouth, helping prevent tooth decay.  Celery is low in calories, it helps relieve stress and it’s also good for your digestive system.  Ginger is known for helping to sooth upset stomachs but it also helps to ease nose and throat congestion as well as improving the absorption of nutrients in the body.

Apple, pear and spinach juice

Ingredients

2 ripe pears

2 Granny Smith apples

100g spinach

3 mint sprigs

Why it’s good for you

Apples are great for reducing the risk of tooth decay, decreasing the risk of developing diabetes and reducing cholesterol levels.  Pears are a great source of vitamins including copper, potassium, vitamin B2, folic acid and phosphorus.  They help to cleanse the colon and alleviate constipation as well as boosting your immune system.  The abundance of vitamin K in spinach helps to maintain healthy bones and because of the high potassium content spinach can help to lower blood pressure.  Mint cleanses your palate, soothes upset stomachs and promotes digestion.

Beetroot, cucumber and pineapple juice

Ingredients

¼ of a sweet pineapple (no skin)

½ cucumber

1 beetroot

Why it’s good for you

Pineapples are a rich source of Vitamin C so they can help to ease coughs and colds.  The manganese found in pineapples also helps to strengthen your bones.  Cucumbers are 95% water so they are great for keeping you hydrated and are ideal if you’re watching your weight.  They are low in calories and high in fibre which aids in digestion.  Beetroot has been known to improve circulation in the body, cleanse the blood, lower blood pressure and even calm the nerves.

Cucumber, basil and lime juice

Ingredients

½ cucumber

½ lime (no seeds or skin)

2 apples

1 handful of basil leaves

Why it’s good for you

This recipe is a slightly amended version of one that Gwyneth Paltrow uses and it’s so refreshing!  Cucumbers will help with your digestion and hydration whilst lime juice contains citric acid and it can help to prevent kidney stones.  Limes also contain a heap of calcium and folate so they’re great for pregnant women.  Basil is rich in antioxidant properties that help to protect against some skin problems and premature aging.

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