I juice just about every day, and when we change seasons I like to switch up my ingredients to suit the new season. This “Spring Zing” juice was just what I needed for a healthy spring cleanse!
It’s so light and fresh, with just a touch of sweetness from the pineapple. The parsley, lemon, and wheatgrass signal to the body that it’s time to wake up! Winter is over, and we are ready to rejuvenate.
The carrots, celery, cucumber and spinach make this juice taste like it’s fresh from the garden – which it practically is. I love a flavorful, crisp drink like this in the morning – it is so refreshing!
I used to have a Breville upright juicer, but a few years ago purchased a slow masticating juicer. This type of juicer has a higher juice yield because it squeezes more nutrients out of your fruits and veggies, which is a huge health bonus as well as a money-saver.
It’s a bit slower than my old Breville, but I don’t mind at all, and because of the added benefits, I think it’s totally worth it. Here is the one I use: Cold PressJuicer,AMZCHEF Slo Masticating Juicer Machine
Your Body and Spring
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the season of spring is the time to focus on and nurture your liver. In general, foods that are young, light, and mildly spicy or acrid are excellent for spring and for moving and strengthening your liver Qi (pronounced CHEE).
The liver in Chinese medicine is responsible for the normal coursing and moving of Qi and blood internally, and helping to rid the body of any toxins. The foods we eat (and drink!) can help the liver to better carry out these functions and keep the body healthy and balanced.
In terms of quantity, spring is also a time to eat less than you would in the winter months. If you tune into your body, you will feel this natural shift, and then you can simply follow its cues.
Green juices are a favorite of mine for the spring and are excellent to support your liver Qi. Wheatgrass, parsley, spinach, celery, and bok choy are all excellent choices for juicing.
Wheatgrass in particular is an powerhouse food to add to your rotation come springtime; it is a super source of chlorophyll, a cell stimulator, rejuvenator, and red blood cell builder. It has a wide array of vitamins and minerals, and has been shown to purify the blood which in turn helps cleanse the kidneys, liver, and urinary tract. It is also extremely rich in free-radical scavengers.
Lemon is a great source of vitamin c and gives this juice an extra boost of freshness and invigoration. And if you like zest and want to make this juice even more zing-y, you could add a small knob of fresh ginger. Either way, it’s delicious – I could not get enough of it!
Here is my favorite juice recipe for spring and liver Qi: