I mentioned this yesterday, but I’ve been a big fan of drinking juice every morning. Well, not that I drink it EVERY morning, but I try to and would definitely love to. I’ve been very happy in the times that I did commit to drinking it daily or almost daily. But originally my morning juices consisted of mainly greens/green vegetables and I never put a lot of fruit into my juices– or not a lot of sweet fruits anyway. I always had lemon, lime, and cucumber. But the rest of the juice was basically less fruity things. But lately, I shifted my juice routine and I have to say, I enjoy this juice so much more. This juice I’m about to share + my aloe trick has really helped a lot. I definitely plan to continue drinking this juice as much as I can (especially since the price of cucumbers has gone down).
If you have gut problems at all, I’d recommend trying this out (unless you’re allergic to any of the ingredients of course) and if you’re having hydration problems (likely if you’re reading post c. diff) this juice def helps with that too! (I like celery in my juice just fine, but I find it very dehydrating for me.) I do this juice three different ways (I’ll include options for this juice below) so if you don’t like apples or they don’t sit well in you (that happens) then you have some options! And there are a few add-ins I try from time to time depending on my mood.
Oh and if you’re curious about juicers (I really should do a full post on different juicers) — I’ve had two different juicers in the last ten years (this one and now this one) and both were great. But if I had to choose between the two right now, I’d definitely go with this masticating juicer. It makes all the difference in juice quality. I know a fair amount of people make juicer in the blender, then strain, but I don’t really recommend this as it degrades the quality of nutrients in the raw vegetables. While I LOVE my blender (it gets used multiple times a day), I try to blend as minimally as I can to not destroy the nutritional value of my food too much. Ya know? So if a blender is the only option you have– well, that fine! I think we can agree that blended juice is probably better than no juice. But if you can, I do highly suggests investing in a slow masticating juicer.
If you are post c. diff or struggling with gut issues at all– then this information especially applies to you! My two biggest regrets in recovery are 1. I should have juiced from the very start 2. I should have switched to a high carb low-fat diet from the start. If you’re on the fence about it, don’t be! Try juicing! It’s one of the best ways to start the detoxification process + the best way to give your body highly absorbable nutrients that you need.
My Favorite Fruity Cucumber Gut Healing Aloe Juice Recipe
makes about 30-40 ounces of juice (depending on size of fruit + the juicer you use).
feel free to half this recipe if you’d like.
- 2 large cucumbers
- 1 thumb ginger
- 1 large thumb turmeric (optional, but amazing)
- 1 lemon + 1 lime (or 2 limes or 2 lemons– but I like limes better)
- 2 apples* (see substition options below)
- 1 handful of mint (I juice the stems as well)
- 1 aloe leaf
- peel lemons and limes (I know some people juice the lemon or lime peel, but I find it just way too bitter for me).
- optional: peel cucumber, apple, ginger, + turmeric as well. I peel them depending on whether they are waxed/what farm I purchased them from
- place all ingredients in juicer (except aloe)
- prepare your aloe (now you know how to do that!)
- Place prepared aloe + juice into blender and pulse/ blender for about 5 to 10 seconds.
- Drink and rejoice!
Additions and substitutions:
- If you’re not keen on apples, then I suggest substituting apples for 1. pineapple (I typically use the core of my pineapple for juicing), 2. oranges 3. or even a grapefruit if you want something less sweet! You can, of course, omit the apples all together if you’re craving something a bit more sour and less sweet. 4. Grapes would also be a great replacement when in the season if you’re craving something super sweet.
- Want to make the ultimate superfood elixer? Add a teaspoon of spirulina powder or chlorella powder into the blender and blend with aloe. This will give you an extra iron boost in the morning 🙂
- You can also add a teaspoon of chia seeds as well. I typically don’t do this, as I find I don’t digest them well. But it’s a fun addition for an omega 3 boost. It’ll give you juicer a slimy (fun?!) texture.
- a sprinkle of black pepper to make your turmeric extra potent.
- a sprinkle of cayenne for a detox kick!
Alright friends! There you have it! My favorite morning juice lately! Obviously, the aloe is completely optional as well. But I personally have found it to be super helpful. If you haven’t checked it out yet– you can see how to get rid of the awful aloe taste HERE. If you start juicing/making this juice every morning, let me know how it goes! Seriously! I get at least one message a day from you guys saying that you’ve added more fruit and veg to your diet because of me and it makes me so happy 🙂 Good karma food for the win 😉 Cheers friends!