I admit it, I have a sweet tooth and it goes all the way back.
When I was around 5 or 6, I loved to drink strawberry shake, whenever I had the opportunity I’d order it when me and my mom went out for breakfast.
Now that I’m in my late 30’s I don’t drink strawberry shake anymore because it does have a lot of sugar in it with all that liquid sweetener that they put in to make it sweet.
Whenever I get an urge to have strawberry juice, I’d concoct this recipe.
What’s great about this recipe is that you can mix in a lot of greens in it and you wouldn’t even notice that it was there.
You can give this to your kids and they’d ask for more because it does taste like strawberry puree.
What are the benefits of strawberry?
Strawberries are one of the healthiest fruits, loaded with lots of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. It also is known to be sodium, cholesterol and fat free.
The red color of strawberry contains anthocyanins that help burn stored fat and boost short term memory.
Strawberries based on studies, will help in lowering down blood levels of C-reactive protein which is the primary culprit of inflammation in the body.
Helps build our bone strength
If you’re lactose intolerant, strawberry juice might be a good substitute for this. Strawberries contain vitamin K, potassium and magnesium that helps strengthen our bones.
- It helps boost our immunity
- Help prevent macular degeneration which will result in blindness
- Has anti-aging properties
- Lowers risk of cardiovascular diseases
- Rich in fiber – good for your gut
If you happen to suffer from any sort of gallbladder or kidney problems then you may want to consult your doctor first before consuming strawberries as it contains oxalates that will interfere with the absorption of calcium.
Now to the recipe
- 9 strawberries
- A bunch of spinach (I included the stems), if you only have the leaves available that’s fine
- 3 celery ribs
- 2 apples
- 1 large carrot
You’ll notice a lime in there that I didn’t include in the juice. My wife asked me not to include it and it came out great!
Strawberry on its own is a little bit sour, apple really brings out the strawberry sweetness in this drink, carrot also adds a bit of sweetness and it also adds to the liquid content, that’s why I’m able to make around 700ml.
The beauty of this recipe is the amount of green leafy vegetables you can add to it without even noticing it. If your kids don’t like to eat raw vegetables, give them this drink and they would not know that you’ve added spinach and celery in it. They’ll probably ask for more.
If you’re using a horizontal masticating juicer, you’ll notice that strawberry comes out a little bit thick, almost like a smoothie but that’s perfectly normal. In fact I like it.
Mix it up
You can replace spinach with kale or collard greens, and celery with asparagus or another vegetable. That’s the beauty of this, you can mix and match the greens and still get roughly the same flavour.
If you’ve tried this recipe, I’d like you to tell me about it by leaving a comment below.
And If you liked it, please do spread the word.