During Ramadan, Iftar is incomplete without refreshing juices, dates, and dry fruits, here we have some easy to make juice recipes using natural fruits that you can make in the comfort of your own home. Natural indicates no preservatives or chemicals thus making it a healthy alternative. These natural fruit juices will not only keep you cool and hydrated but will also replenish the lost nutrients due to sweat. Additionally, it will also help you stay energized and focused. All you need is a good quality juicer and there you go.
- Prevent Heart Disease
- Fight Parkinson’s Disease + Other Brain Disorders
- Prevent Premature Aging
- Prevent Breast Cancer
- Treat Asthma and other Respiratory Illnesses
- Protect your Bones
- Improve Complexion
- Prevent Formation of Kidney Stones
- Reduce Constipation as well as Diarrhoea
- Prevent Arthritis
- Blood Cleanser + Produces Haemoglobin
- Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
- Increase Nutrient Absorption
- Prevent Liver Cancer
- Combat Macular Degeneration
- Prevent Obesity
- Inhibit Inflammation (Anti Inflammatory)
- Powerful Antioxidant
1) Kiwi + Orange + Carrot + Basil Juice
Ingredients: 2 kiwi fruits, 2 oranges, 3 carrots, and a handful of fresh basil leaves.
Firstly, chop the kiwi fruits. Next, peel and chop the oranges. Cut the top and tail of the carrots. Peel the carrots well and then begin chopping them. Lastly, toss the fresh basil leaves along with these vegetables and fruits that you have chopped into the juicer.
Top 3 Health Benefits of Kiwi + Orange + Carrot + Basil Juice
1. Cleanses the Liver
As we know, carrot juice contains a vital vitamin which is none other than Vitamin A. By reducing levels of bile and fat, Vitamin A proves to benefit your liver.
2. Prevents Heart Disease
Well, kiwi juice helps to prevent the build-up of plaques as well as prevents deposits on the arterial walls. Additionally, it also improves blood clotting. Kiwi indeed does a great job in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Further, carrots contain pectins which have been found to provide cholesterol-fighting soluble fibre, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease to a great extent. In other words, the pectin that carrots contain helps to lower your cholesterol. As a matter of fact, pectins contain the most pectin among all the vegetables. Yes, carrots contain 0.8 g of pectin per 100 g serving.
3. Promotes Healthier Blood Circulation
Here, we are going to tell you about hesperidin. It is a plant chemical that is classified as a “bioflavonoid”. Most commonly, hesperidin is found in citrus fruits and people use it as a medicine. In fact, oranges contain a significant amount of hesperidin that can be consumed when you eat this fruit. When you consume orange juice, the hesperidin could synergize with the flavanone. How? you ask. Well, that is because vitamin C contains nutraceutical properties that help to synergize. Other fruits that contain hesperidin include mandarin and lemon.
2) Radish + Cucumber + Lettuce Juice
Ingredients: 10 radishes, 1 cucumber, 1/2 lettuce
Firstly, you need to chop off the head and tail of all the 10 radishes. Next, chop the cucumber. Lastly, chop 1/2 portion of the head of the lettuce and separate them into leaves. Toss these ingredients into the juicer and there you go.
Top 3 Benefits of Radish + Cucumber + Lettuce Juice
1. Aids in Treating Asthma and Other Respiratory Illnesses
As we know, mucus in the lungs is known as phlegm or sputum and is a common symptom in asthma, and chronic lung diseases like COPD (which also include chronic bronchitis and emphysema). Besides these diseases, phlegm is also a common symptom in cystic fibrosis, NTM lung disease, and bronchiectasis. Radish juice aids in removing mucus from the lungs, thus making it very beneficial for those living with asthma as well as other respiratory illnesses.
2. Keeps you Hydrated and Prevents Premature Ageing
As a matter of fact, lettuce juice is hydrating. Additionally, it is also rich in antioxidants which, in turn, help to prevent premature ageing.
3. Improves Complexion and Keeps your Skin Healthy
Well, cucumbers contain Vitamin A, B, and C. Secondly, they have high water content. Thirdly, minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and silica are present in cucumbers thereby benefitting your skin and making it healthy.
3) Asparagus + Celery + Carrot Juice
Ingredients: 6 asparagus spears, 4 celery stalks, and 2 large carrots.
Chop the asparagus spears, celery stalks, and carrots. Ensure you remove the top and tail portion of the carrots as you can’t add them into the juicer.
Top 3 Health Benefits of Asparagus + Celery + Carrot Juice
1. Helps you Lose Weight, Prevents Obesity
Carrot juice cleanses the entire digestive tract, thereby eliminating all the waste. Additionally, it detoxes the liver and also helps in balancing the endocrine system. This can collectively help since it can cure as well as prevent obesity.
2. Increases Nutrient Absorption
Asparagus contains Inulin. For those of you not familiar with this term, Inulin is a carbohydrate that encourages the production of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli. Further, Asparagus also produces probiotic bacteria which increases nutrient absorption. Additionally, it also aids in preventing the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract. Moreover, it also contains enzymes.
4) Apple + Lime + Strawberry Juice
Of all the juices recipes listed here, this is a very tempting one during Ramadan for iftar. Its colour, as well as the taste will brighten your mood and energize you beyond imagination.
Ingredients: 4 apples, 2 limes, 10 strawberries
Method: Chop all the apples and then peel and cut the limes and toss them into the juicer. Add the strawberries as they are.
Top 3 Health Benefits of Apple + Lime + Strawberry Juice
1. Prevents Breast Cancer
Well, limonoids are compounds that are found in citrus juices. As a matter of fact, lime juice contains limonoids. They reduce blood cholesterol and also reduce the incidence of several forms of cancer, especially breast cancer. Further, limonoids are proven to promote apoptosis in breast cancer cells.
2. Anti Inflammatory (Inhibits Inflammation)
Apple juice contains flavonoid phytochemicals which are commonly known as the antioxidants citrin and Vitamin P. These, in turn, can inhibit inflammation.
3. Reduces Constipation as well as Diarrhoea
Strawberry juice aids excellently in the process of digestion due to the rich levels of fibre present in it. This, in turn, reduces symptoms of constipation and diarrhoea.
5) Carrot + Celery + Lemon Juice
Ingredients: 3 carrots, 5 celery sticks, and 2 lemons.
Method: Simply cut the carrots, celery sticks, and lemons and put them into your juicer.
Top 3 Health Benefits of Carrot + Celery + Lemon Juice
1. Prevents Formation of Kidney Stones
Celery helps in eliminating toxins from the body, thereby promoting healthy kidney function. Additionally, it also helps you prevent the formation of kidney stones.
2. Fights Parkinson’s Disease and Other Brain Disorders
A very powerful phytonutrient known as tangeretin is present in lemon peel. It is an O-polymethoxylated flavone that strengthens the cell wall. Tangeretin is proven to fight brain diseases such as Parkinson’s disease effectively.
3. Aids in Weight Loss and Prevents Obesity
Besides detoxing the liver, carrot juice cleanses the entire digestive tract of waste. Additionally, it also helps to balance the endocrine system and helps to cure and prevent obesity.
6) Kiwi + Pear + Blackberry + Pineapple Juice
Ingredients: 1 kiwi, 1 pear, 30 blackberries, 1/2 pineapple
Method: Peel and chop the kiwi. Next, chop the pear. Lastly, peel and core the pineapple and toss it into your juicer.
Top 3 Health Benefits of Kiwi + Pear + Blackberry + Pineapple Juice
1. Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases
Kiwi juice improves blood clotting and also helps to prevent the build-up of plaques and deposits on the arterial walls. This helps in reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and also helps to prevent them.
2. Helps in Treating Asthma
Kiwi juice is proven to benefit and treat many respiratory conditions, the main one being asthma.
3. Powerful Antioxidant
Cyanidin is a powerful antioxidant. This compound is responsible for the pigmentation of blackberries.
7) Apple + Coriander + Lime + Cucumber + Green Chilli Juice
Ingredients: 2 apples, 1 lime, 200g coriander leaves, 1 green chilli, and 2 cucumbers.
Method: Cut 2 apples and then peel and cut the lime. Next, chop 200g coriander leaves as well as 2 cucumbers. Deseed the green chilli and then add this deseeded chilli to the juicer.
Top 3 Health Benefits of Apple + Coriander + Lime + Cucumber + Green Chilli Juice
1. Prevents Arthritis
Green chillies contain capsaicin – it is the active ingredient that makes them taste hot. Well, capsaicin is found to neutralise Substance P. It is the neuropeptide that transmits pain to the brain. Therefore, it helps in alleviating painful conditions such as arthritis.
2. Prevents Liver Cancer
As a matter of fact, researchers have reported that antioxidant phytonutrients in apples inhibited the growth of liver cancer cells.
Drinking coriander juice can help you in a great way. It is an excellent heavy metal detoxifier, thereby removing mercury and aluminium from fat tissues.
8) Broccoli + Kale + Cabbage Juice
You’ve got to try out this recipe from the list of recipes mentioned here for iftar as it is one of the healthiest juices and will keep you hydrated and energized this Ramadan.
Ingredients: 2 broccoli florets, 4 kale leaves, 1/2 cabbage head (either red or white)
Method: Chop both the broccoli florets and all the 4 kale leaves. Chop the cabbage head. Once you are done doing this, toss all these things into your juicer.
Top 3 Benefits of Broccoli + Kale + Cabbage Juice
1. Protects your Bones
Broccoli juice contains more calcium compared to some of the dairy products, thereby protecting your bones.
2. Combats Macular Degeneration
As you know, Kale is dark green in colour. Well, this dark green colour is a blessing since it holds high amounts of nutrients. The levels of lutein that kale includes are very impressive and are proven to combat/prevent macular degeneration.
3. Excellent Blood Cleanser and Produces Haemoglobin
Kale contains chlorophyll which is an essential blood cleaner and also increases the capacity of your blood for carrying oxygen. Additionally, it is also high in iron. This is used in the production of haemoglobin and also in transporting oxygen around the body.