This juice concoction was concocted out of a juice rut. Looking into my archives – a habit which I seldom do because there are tons of juice recipes readily available in the ocean of the Internet – the Raw Waldorf Salad jumped out. Now, Waldorf has a base of celery, apples and grapes, which translates effortlessly into a juice mix.
As celery bears a strong flavor, it is recommended to keep it to 60 percent of the mix, unless you prefer more for a stronger vegetal juice. In addition to the said grapes and apples which provides a sweet fruitiness, ginger, vinegar and fresh basil are added for a zesty and herbal touch. The result is a well-balanced juice that veers slightly on the sweet edge; a juice that should assimilate well beginners.
The detoxification and beneficial properties of celery deserve special mention, and it features heavily in many juices for good reason. When we talk about detoxification, it refers to the elimination of toxic metabolites such as cholesterol, saturated fat, excess of unsaturated fat, uric acid, keratin and harmful radicals in the form of feces or urine through a well-designed meal plan that includes specific ingredients.
Celery is rich in many important vitamins and minerals
First, celery has many important vitamins and minerals. The great amounts of vitamin C in celery can scavenge damaging free radicals, which otherwise contribute to cancer, inflammatory diseases and aging. The benefits of vitamin C can only be reaped in the raw state, as it is heat-sensitive and oxidized by heat application. Celery is also an excellent source of vitamin K which plays a crucial role in blood clotting, calcium absorption and bone health. When it comes to mineral content, celery is rich in natural sodium, potassium and magnesium. For a high raw vegan diet which tends to be high on potassium, natural sodium is very important to balance the potassium and avoid hyperkalemia. Magnesium is important for energy; it is a cofactor to the enzyme creatine kinase that converts creatine to phosphocreatine, which in turn recycles ATP back to ADP. Celery is also rich in plant non-heme iron although arguably, animal iron is still the best assimilated form.
Celery stimulates bile, peristalsis, digestion and excretion
Celery, along with other root vegetables like beetroot and carrot, has a choleretic action, meaning it promotes the flow of bile from the liver to the intestine. Bile binds and activates GPCR receptors that stimulate peristalsis in the intestine and ease digestion. Increased peristaltic movement decreases the passage time within the bowels and absorption of fatty acids and cholesterol as they are passed quickly into the colon and rectum and excreted. Therefore the choleretic action of celery is a very important factor in weight control and protection against obesity, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.
Phthalides in celery are cardioprotective
Celery contains isoflavones called phthalides which has several actions. It is shown to be a vasodilator, relaxing the muscles around the arteries and so increases the diameter size of blood vessel. Phthalides also inhibits stress hormones and counters the vasoconstrictive action. Overall, phthalides of celery promotes lower blood pressure and has a cardioprotective effect.
Celery is one vegetable worth to celery-brate! It is a very affordable vegetable that offers protection against oxidation, cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Selecting the best
Pick celery with green, fresh top leaves or only slightly wilted top leaves, which have no sign of yellow. The ribs should be compact and not splayed out, have a good glossy green color, feel crisp and snap easily. Avoid limp and lifeless celery that show brown or gray discoloration on the stalk.
Do not remove leaves for storing. Store in paper bags in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Pull the stalks off the bundle. Trim the bottom stalk and leaves, wash very well and clean each stalk thoroughly with a vegetable brush. Whole outer stalks are best for cooking; tender inner stalks are good for salads or eating raw.
Now that your appetite has been stimulated by all that talk about the nutritional benefits of celery, it is time to get juicing with Waldorf Juice!
- Waldorf Juice
- 3/4 cup celery juice (from 8 stalks celery)
- 1/4 cup apple juice (preferably a tart Granny, I used a Sweet Orin which was delicious!)
- 1/4 cup green grape juice (from 1 cup green seedless grapes)
- Handful of fresh basil leaves
- 1/2-inch chunk fresh ginger root
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Squeeze of a slice of lemon
- Waldorf Smoothie
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 2/3 cup Waldorf Juice (from above)
- 1 cup distilled water
- Chop celery and apples into slices narrow enough to fit through your juicer's mouth.
- Enjoy immediately.
- In a blender, combine Waldorf Juice and avocado and blend until smooth.
- Enjoy immediately.