A nutritious supplement to your morning routine, whipping up a glass of celery juice is easier than you think.
Green smoothies are out. Celery juice is in. It seems like nearly everyone has tried — or at least heard of — celery juice. The green elixir gets a lot of credit for its health benefits. One might even say it gets a little too much credit.
Do a quick Google search and you’ll find claims that the juice heals everything from cancer to autoimmune disease. Like many wellness trends that make their rounds online, its benefits are a tad inflated. And according to the Cleveland Clinic, you’re better off adding an intact stalk of celery (in all its fibrous glory) to a larger meal with other vegetables. That way, you reap the benefits of the fiber.
So does that mean juicing celery is bad for you? Nope. The juice is high in nutrients like potassium and vitamin K, and it’s full of antioxidants. So if you enjoy juice as part of your morning routine — or just want to add a few chunks of celery to an existing juice recipe — go for it.
Personally, I enjoy juicing celery alone or with a few other vegetables, especially those I tend to avoid eating (looking at you, carrots). I don’t juice as a meal replacement. Rather, I prepare a green drink for a boost of nutrients first thing in the morning.
Because I don’t own a juicer — and because I’ve heard juicers can be a pain to clean — I’ve found a way to make my green drinks using only a blender and a nut-milk bag (aka a cloth strainer). To start, I liquify my celery in a blender, then I strain out the pulp using the nut-milk bag. The whole process takes fewer than 10 minutes (I typically whip it up while my coffee brews or my oats cook), and the cleanup is simple: I just wash my blender, rinse the bag, then set both out to dry. Easy. Here’s how you can do it yourself.
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How to Juice Celery Using a Blender
What You’ll Need
- Celery (or another veggie of your choosing)
- Nut-milk bag
- Start by adding about 4 ounces of water to your blender.
- Cut your celery stalks into small chunks and add them in.
- Blend until the mixture is liquified (or close to it, depending on the power of your blender).
- Place your nut-milk bag in a large glass (I prefer a large, ceramic measuring cup for easy pouring) and add the celery mixture to the bag.
- Finally, strain (Pro Tip: Do this part in the sink to avoid a mess). Voila! Fresh celery juice in fewer than 10 minutes.