When it comes to immune boosting juices, this healthy mix is my current favorite. With a combination of beetroot, celery, carrot, orange, lime, and ginger – this immune boosters juice is packed with health benefits and nutrients! Plus, this recipe uses just 6 ingredients and can be made in minutes! Hurom kindly sponsors this blog post, although all thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Nutrient-Packed Immune Boosting Juices
I think we could all agree that 2020 has been a bit of an odd (and not in a good way) year. And with the worst of it finally, behind us, we hope, we now have Autumn/Winter creeping up on us and the next ‘flu season’ right around the corner. Therefore, it’s the perfect time to start building up your immune system with healthy drinks and foods – like this nutrient-packed immune boosters beetroot juice.
While it’s important to focus on how your diet can help to improve your health through food, juicing is a way to pack in tons of healthy vitamins, minerals, and plant compounds in such a small volume.
I like to make a juice cleanse from time to time because it helps the body to detox. Therefore, I’m already building up a long list of juice recipes to get me through the rest of the year – starting with this ginger juice blend.
The Top Benefits Of Juicing
While juicing can definitely be done wrong (if you just juice fruits, then you’ll be consuming tons of sugars with no fiber – for results that aren’t brilliant!), it also has the ability to really positively affect your health:
- Our bodies can absorb the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes more effectively in juice when comparing to chewing the fruits/veggies. This is because, in many cases, the bulk of the nutrients are found within the juice of the ingredients rather than the pulp/fibrous part.
- Juicing encourages you to pack in tons of more nutrient-rich ingredients (fruits/vegetables/greens) into your daily diet. Even for those who don’t particularly like the ingredients when eaten traditionally.
- You’re able to receive a concentrated amount of nutrients in one go, for an excellent healthful ‘boost.’
There are probably even more benefits that I could mention, but those are my top three.
Luckily, Hurom has recently sent me one of their slow juicers to try out, which I, of course, have loved doing. Hurom are the worlds’ leading brand for slow/cold press juicers (meaning healthier juices with more nutrients for better immune-boosting benefits!) and sent me their H200 model.
Having tested their juicer LOTS recently, I can say with 100% conviction that I’m impressed. The juicer isn’t too loud, and the pulp comes out quite dry (so I know it’s squeezing out as much juice as possible).
Plus, it has a wide chute, meaning you don’t have to spend ages chopping up the ingredients. This does it all, seeds, and peels included! Not to mention that it’s also easy to clean. This is massively important to me (especially in terms of a kitchen item I want to use daily)! It’s also given me the chance to experiment with finding my perfect immune booster shot – and I finally have it.
If you want more information about the juicer, you can visit the website of Hurom. With the code Ela10 you will also get 10% off on your purchase.
The Ingredients & Their Health Benefits
There are just 6 base ingredients in this recipe. However, they are all packed with health benefits. So much so that if I were to focus on every individual point, I’d probably still be writing this post next week – so I’ll stick to the highlights!
If you’re wondering what to drink when sick, though – then these ingredients are definitely top of the list for creating juices that boost immune system health!
Beet juice is jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, and potassium. Vitamin C and zinc, in particular, are great for boosting your immune system. While vitamin C is also an amazing antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties.
More than that, beetroot juice is a natural detoxer to support and improve liver health. And the nitrates found within the juice are shown to – not only- lower blood pressure but also increase stamina.
This humble, low-calorie ingredient is, perhaps surprisingly, packed with health benefits. The most impressive of which is its high antioxidant levels. Containing vitamin C, flavonoids, and beta carotene alongside at-least 12 other antioxidants (in a single stalk!). This ingredient helps to protect our bodies from oxidative damage and has anti-cancer properties. Therefore, it is important to enjoy celery juice every now and then!
It is also a rich source of phytonutrients- which can reduce inflammation and can cleanse our digestive system.
Some studies show that celery even has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can even reduce blood sugar levels and control sugar cravings.
I love to sip on a mug of ginger tea whenever I’m feeling ill or having tummy issues. Ginger can be helpful for all kinds of digestive issues – including reducing indigestions, bloating, nausea, etc.
However, it’s also a powerful ingredient for cold/flu season as it has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidative properties! Not to mention that research shows that ginger can reduce certain chronic pains and bad LDL cholesterol levels.
We’ve all heard the saying that carrots can help you see in the dark. And while that may not (technically) be true, there are still tons of benefits packed into this veggie. As well as being an excellent source of several vitamins and nutrients, carrots can, in-fact, improve eye and vision health.
The beta-carotene (a type of vitamin A) in carrots is a powerful antioxidant and helps to protect the eye surface and improve sight. As well as warding off a variety of eye disorders. Carrot juice can also boost the immune system with vitamin C and antioxidants working to fight off infections.
Carrots have even been touted to improve skin health and healing, lower cholesterol, and have anti-cancer properties!
Freshly squeezed orange juice is the ultimate breakfast juice – packing flavor and health benefits, orange juice is loved the world over.
Oranges are packed with vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant that boosts immune functions. As well as potassium – which can reduce blood pressure, improve heart health, and prevent bone loss. In fact, orange juice is packed with several antioxidants which work to improve overall health and protect against several chronic conditions by decreasing inflammation and improving heart health.
Limes are another excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants, alongside other nutrients. They can help to boost immunity, prevent kidney stones, help to improve iron absorption, improve heart health, and even improve your skin.
The vitamin C and flavonoids found within limes strengthen collagen for healthier, rejuvenated skin. Meanwhile, they also help to fight off infections during flu season.
Apples are optional within this juice. They can be added for those who aren’t used to juicing and want to add a little sweetness to the juice to make it more palatable.
While apples aren’t packed with as many nutrients as the other ingredients in this list, they do still provide several vitamins and minerals in smaller quantities. They also contain beneficial plant compounds that protect our bodies from inflammation and oxidative damage.
Research shows that apple juice could even protect the brain. Plus, as apples are largely water, they are great for boosting hydration. Just be careful not to add too much to your juices as they also have high sugar content.
How To Make An Immune Boosters Juice
For the full ingredients list, ingredient measurements, and nutritional information, then please read the recipe card below.
Step 1. First, wash/scrub the beets, carrots, celery, and ginger and peel the oranges and limes. If using organic produce, leave the peel on. However, feel free to peel anything – if you prefer.
Step 2. Cut everything into small chunks, big enough for the chute of your juicer.
Step 3. Start by juicing the orange and limes, -optionally apples-, followed by the celery, ginger, beets, and finally, the carrots.
Step 4. Stir well and enjoy!
This recipe makes around 1 liter (4 ½ cups) of juice. Which is 4-8 servings (depending on if you have it as a larger glass of boost drink or smaller booster shots, to enjoy every few hours. E.g. great for when you have a cold!
How To Store
Freshly squeezed juice is best consumed immediately for optimal nutrient levels. However, any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
If you’re worried about this immune boosters juice maintaining its freshness and nutrients, then you can also freeze the juice in a portioned ice-cube tray. Simply allow one to thaw out every night for the following morning.
- There’s no need to throw away the juice pulp from the machine. You can allow the juice fiber to dry out and then crush into a powder to add to smoothies. Or even add it directly into recipes like muffin batter, etc. You could also freeze the pulp into an ice-cube tray and use it for soups and stews. It’s filled with healthy fiber without tons of flavor.
- For those new to juicing, I suggest adding 2 apples for sweetness. Both ginger and beetroot juice are strong flavors, so you may be overwhelmed otherwise.
- It’s always best to use organic produce when juicing, to avoid consuming pesticides.
- Beetroot juice can make your urine and bowel movements slightly red, which is totally normal!
- When dealing with beetroot, it can have the tendency to stain everything – your skin and chopping board included, so be careful. Try to wash your juicer immediately too, so it doesn’t stain. Or make sure to juice the beets before another veg, so they can help flush out the systems of remaining beet juice.
- You can use lemon in place of lime. It is also great for the immune system, as well as acting as a natural detox/cleansing ingredient for your liver and digestive system. Plus, it also contained antiviral and antibacterial properties for Autumn/Winter months.
- For even more healthful benefits (including antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits among a long list of others). Add a little turmeric to the juice. Just make sure to add a pinch of freshly ground black pepper into the juice as well. This will allow your body to fully absorb the curcumin within the turmeric.
If you give this immune boosters juice recipe a try, I’d love a comment and recipe rating below. Also, don’t forget to tag me in re-creations on Instagram or Facebook with @elavegan and #elavegan – I love seeing your recreations.
Healthy Food Recipes
If you are looking for healthy vegan food recipes that contain immune boosting ingredients like ginger, then check out these posts:
- Carrot Ginger Soup
- Creamy Vegan Ramen
- Hearty Veggie Stew
- Easy Red Lentil Dahl
- Thai Curry Soup
- Sweet Potato Curry
Immune Boosters Juice
- 3 medium (400 g) beetroots cut into chunks
- 3 medium (400 g) carrots chopped
- 3 oranges peeled and sliced
- 175 g celery stalks chopped (about 1 3/4 cup)
- 75 g ginger root (2 knobs)
- 1-2 limes or 1/2 lemon
- 2 apples chopped (optional)
- Wash/scrub the beets, carrots, celery, and ginger. I peeled the oranges and limes but didn't peel the other produce. If you use organic produce you can leave the peel on, but feel free to peel it if you prefer.
- Cut everything into small chunks, so that they are small enough for your juicer.
- I started juicing the oranges and limes, followed by the celery, ginger, beets, and finally, the carrots.
- Stir well and enjoy. I would recommend also juicing 2 apples if you are new to juicing. The drink is quite powerful due to the ginger and not very sweet. The recipe makes about 1 liter (4 1/2 cups). Divide it into 4-8 servings and store leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can also fill the juice into small bottles and enjoy one shot of juice every few hours, for example when you have a cold.
- Beets can make your urine and bowel movements slightly red, which is totally normal though!
- When dealing with beetroot, it can have the tendency to stain everything - your skin and chopping board included, so be careful.
- I am using the H200 juicer from Hurom. You can get a 10% discount if you use my code Ela10.
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