Juicing celery has been all the rage for the past few years. But did you know you don’t need a juicer to juice celery? With just a blender and a little elbow grease, you can still extract nutritious juice from stalks of celery.
A juicer is designed explicitly for creating juice from whole foods, so it will provide the most straightforward process for producing juice. However, if you don’t have a juicer, making celery juice in a blender is also a good option.
If you want to know how to make juice with a blender, keep reading. A blender is a versatile kitchen appliance that can be used in many ways for healthy recipes. Juicing is just one of them!
Celery juice is one of the most popular juices in the limelight in recent years due to celebrity endorsements and health claims (some unsubstantiated) made by wellness gurus.
There hasn’t been any research on humans, specifically regarding celery juice and health. There have been studies using celery juice extract and specific compounds in celery that have had positive findings. Nevertheless, food components don’t always act the same in our bodies as in the lab.
Celery is a healthy food with loads of health benefits; it is a vegetable, but celery juice won’t solve all of your problems or cure any serious diseases. If you have a pre-existing condition and want more natural treatment options, discuss this with a qualified doctor or nutritionist.
With that out of the way, here are what you need to know about celery juice benefits and making celery juice in a blender.
Celery juice can provide adequate amounts of several nutrients your body needs on a daily basis. Celery has a high water content and is low in calories, adding to its popularity.
According to USDA food data, an eight-ounce glass of celery juice contains:
- Calories: 33 kcal
- Protein: 1.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 7 g
- Sugar: 3 g
- Calcium: 8% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Magnesium: 7% of the DV
- Phosphorus: 5% of the DV
- Potassium: 14% of the DV
- Sodium: 9% of the DV
- Vitamin A: 7% of the DV
- Vitamin C: 16% of the DV
- Vitamin K: 74% of the DV
The plant compounds in all fruits and vegetables are beneficial for a myriad of health reasons. Below are some a bit more specific to celery juice.
Since celery juice contains a fair amount of antioxidants, like most fruit and vegetables, celery has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Celery juice contains phytonutrients, and phytonutrients can act like antioxidants. Antioxidants are extremely valuable compounds that help fight disease-causing free radicals in the body, lowering inflammation, reducing age-related decline, and staving off disease.
Flavonoids are a large class of phytonutrients. Two favorable flavonoid compounds in celery juice are apigenin and luteolin.
Apigenin has been shown to have functional properties in animal and human studies. Luteolin is a compound of research interest due to its potential cancer-fighting properties and anti-inflammatory effects. Its use to treat ailments dates back centuries with its utilization in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
As previously mentioned, celery has a high water content, making it beneficial for hydration. For adults, consuming 13 cups of liquids each day for men and 9 cups for women is recommended. Juice contributes to this target.
Low in Sugar
Compared to fruit juices, vegetable juices like celery juice have low sugar content. This is notable because it’s relatively easy to exceed the recommended daily intake of sugar, especially with so many sugary beverages on the market.
Daily Limits and Recommended Amounts
There isn’t a set optimal amount of celery juice for humans. However, it’s recommended to have five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables in a day.
One cup, or eight ounces, of freshly made celery juice, will count as a serving. Two servings probably won’t hurt anything, but getting your daily servings from different sources is better.
Celery doesn’t have an overly abundant amount of one nutrient, which makes it less harmful to drink it in excess. It’s still better for overall health to consume a variety of juices to get a range of compounds rather than just the nutrients in celery juice.
As with many juices, another thing to bear in mind is that the fiber content is significantly reduced when you juice a fruit or vegetable instead of eating it in whole form. If you strain your juice, the fiber-containing pulp is left behind, so consider this when incorporating celery juice into your diet.
Here are the ingredients you may find helpful for making celery juice in a blender.
Celery + Any Additional Produce Items
The main ingredient for making juice using a blender will require fruits and vegetables of your choosing. There are other juice recipes that utilize celery, and you can add other ingredients to your celery juice, such as herbs, spices, or nuts. Some popular additions to celery juice are cucumber, lemon, leafy greens, cilantro, and honey.
Water can be added for a more watery juice or to ease the strain on your blender.
The more powerful your blender is, the easier the process will be.
Another critical tool is the straining apparatus to strain the blended juice. This may be a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or a fine-mesh strainer. It’s okay if you don’t have any of those; they are simply tools to make your life easier if you don’t want pulpy juice.
How to Make Celery Juice with a Blender
Below are the step-by-step instructions on how to make celery juice in a blender (without using a juicer).
Prep the celery
- Thoroughly wash your produce to remove any germs, dirt, and pesticides.
- Cut the ends off and remove the leaves. Including the leaves can cause the juice to taste bitter.
- Chop the celery into pieces (to about the size you think your blender can handle).
It’s time to blend
- Put the celery in the blender.
- Add ½ cup of water (give or take) to the blender.
- Puree the mixture until it becomes mush.
Wait for juice
- Place the mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag over a glass.
- Put the mush from the blender onto the strainer, cheesecloth, or into the nut milk bag and allow the juice to drip into the glass below.
- There’s your celery juice! Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon slice if you feel fancy.
- Store the juice in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed bottle or container to save it for later.
- If you don’t have a high-speed blender or a weak one, you may need to chop the fruits or vegetables into smaller pieces before blending.
- Use organic fruits or vegetables, if possible. This will reduce the likelihood of ingesting chemical residues and potentially harmful pesticides.
- Experiment with different amounts of water to find your preferred consistency. Add more water to your mixture if it is too thick or not blending correctly.
- If you’d instead maintain the fiber content, don’t strain the juice before drinking it.
There are many celery juice benefits, so if you don’t have a juicer, have no fear. Now you know how to make it at home using your blender. As always, you shouldn’t rely on a single food or vegetable for specific health goals. Eating a diverse and wide range of plant foods will lead you to get all the nutrients you need for optimal health.
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