March 26, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
It’s simple, hydrating, delicious and the basil adds a sophisticated yet “oh no she didn’t” kick that brings all the flavors together.
Basil Cucumber Juice Recipe
2 handfuls of spinach (about 2 cups)
1/2 lime, rind removed
1/2 English cucumber or one cucumber
4 celery stalks
4 basil leaves
Optional, add a little water if you would like more juice or double the batch. This should make around 1/2 cup of juice depending on how fresh your cucumber and celery is.
If you are making a large batch of this and will be sharing with loved ones, may be put this is a lovely pitcher or pouring vessel. Add whole basil leaves, celery leaves, lime wedges, cucumber slices, or funky shaped pieces of ice.
Cucumber and celery are natural flushing and I find them to be amazingly cooling & hydrating after a good workout. They are super high in water content, which is why I think green juice has become a hot term right now. Almost all of the produce items used in green juices are filled with water, assisting in keep our organs, blood and skin nourished.
Adding the basil in here will either sound super duper random or delicious to some people. I found that it really helped created that meal feeling to this juice, it added another dimension.
Basil has savory notes with peppery, mint, anise and a lovely sweetness. Depending on how it is prepared, freshness and so on will also result in the taste. I think for most people it has an alive, clean, fresh and summer taste. Basil season is the summer time yet we are lucky enough to find it easily all year around. This herb does especially well inside your home too.
I have used basil in smoothies, bruschetta inspired juices and soups. Basil and berries, especially strawberries is AMAZING! We typically associate basil with pine nuts, pesto, cheese, oil, pasta, eggs, fish, garlic, chicken, and salmon. I will try to get some more basil juice recipes together since there seems to be a high interest in this ingredient. I can totally see why, it has such a unique flavor that plays well with foods that usually seem completely random.
Basil is helpful in killing bacteria, protecting our blood, loaded with Vitamin A (heart health), calcium, Vitamin K, iron, and is also an anti-inflammatory.
A site I love to follow called, Off The Grind News, has a wonderful article on the medicinal uses of basil. From night vision eyes, insect bites, to skin issues.
It amazes me that herbs are never mentioned on the dirty dozen list, which is a list of groceries that are highly recommended to be purchased organic. They can handle the outdoors like a champ but are actually very delicate to store and really take a good beating with pesticides and so on since they aren’t all that thick, no rind or protection.
Well I hope this gets people excited for some more basil recipes to come along these next few days. Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by my site. Much love ❤ and raw power 😉