How To Make Celery Juice. Both Ways
Now that we know the claimed benefits of drinking celery juice, AKA what all the hype is about, and since we’ve discussed the differences between blending and juicing, it’s time to find out if the current hottest wellness trend actually works. To reap the full benefits touted by self-proclaimed originator of the global celery juice movement and four-time New York Times best-selling author Anthony William, you must drink 16 ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach. That means each morning after rising, you’ll drink straight celery juice without any other added ingredients.
If the thought of a cold juice immediately after waking up feels a bit shocking to your system, you may have some water or a cup of warm water with lemon before your 16 ounces of celery juice. However, it is advised to wait 15 to 30 minutes if you do consume lemon water before having your juice. The whole concept is to have the celery juice on an empty stomach. Following that, you’re going to want to wait 30 additional minutes before having anything else to eat or drink.
You will need one entire bunch of celery to make each daily 16 ounces of juice. I recommend buying a few bunches at a time. You have the option to juice your celery or blend your celery into a juice. Both methods are explained below.
Wash Your Celery!
Celery has been on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of produce containing the most pesticides for several years. According to the EWG, 13 pesticides were detected on a sample of conventional celery. This means you are strongly advised to buy organic celery and you must wash it thoroughly. Be sure to wash the stalk, get in between the leaves, and rub down the celery heart in warm water. Use your hands to rub away dirt and wash each stalk individually.
- 1 bunch of celery
- water, if using a blender
Juicing your celery is going to be the easiest and fastest way to make your celery juice every morning. Simply follow the instructions per your juicer.
After you’ve washed your celery, you’ll want to chop it all into smaller pieces. Add the cut pieces to your blender, then use a measuring cup to add a little water to your chopped celery. The water is to keep the celery from catching in the blender’s blades, so no need to add too much. Because not all blenders are created equal, the amount of water will differ. You may only need 1/4 cup while someone using a different blender may need 1/2 cup of water. Keep note of how much water you use so you have YOUR recipe going forward.
Pour the mixture through a nut bag, then squeeze the nut bag to release the juice.
Key Things To Remember
- You will need one large bunch of celery each day.
- You should be drinking straight celery juice with no other added fruits or veggies.
- Have your celery juice on an empty stomach.
- Wait 30 minutes before consuming any other drinks or food.
- If you have a sensitive stomach, you may want to start with a smaller amount of juice and work your way up to 16 ounces of celery juice.
- If the taste is truly unbearable, you may add one cucumber to acclimate yourself to the flavor slowly. Over time, though, you will want to use less cucumber and ultimately be drinking celery juice by itself.
- If you’re looking to prep your juice ahead of time, it’s important to know which type of juicer you have so you know how long your juice is good for. If you’re using a blender, I recommend not letting your juice go longer than a day or two in the fridge.
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