Christmas Juice Recipes
The festive season is a wonderful time of year that brings families, friends and loved ones together to celebrate the end of another year with food, fun and laughs. It is usually during the silly season that we find ourselves at feast after feast and over-indulging is basically unavoidable. Cold pressed juices are not only a lovely and refreshing drink for everyone to sip on, they're also great for giving our body much needed nutrients. During this time added stress, less exercise and sweet treats are only inevitable. We have compiled some of our favourite Christmas Juice Recipes which are not only great as an alcoholic alternative but we have also included juice recipes for the lead up to the big day and for days afterwards.
Pre-Christmas Juice Recipes
Did you know that drinking cold press juice can be a fantastic way to de-stress and alleviate tension? There are a range of fruits and vegetables which have been found to calm the nervous system, control blood pressure and relax muscles. Sometimes the build up to Chirstmas day can be extremely stressful, so it is important to arm yourself with things which will help to ease the pressure. Try our favourite de-stressing super juice...
Stress-free V8 Juice
- 1/2 bunch or 6 stalks of celery
- 1/2 red capsicum
- 3 tomatoes
- 2 carrots
- 1 green apple
Celery is widely known for calming nerves due to it's high calcium content, which also helps to control high blood pressure. Tomato and capsicum are both high in potassium and phosphorus which relieves stress, tiredness, fatigue and cramps. They will also give you the energy needed to get through the silly season!
Juice Recipes for Christmas Day
On the big day, there is nothing better than having fresh cold pressed juice available and at the ready for both you and your family! You can experiment with cute and fun ways to serve the juice, like scooping out the flesh from fruits like apples and using them as cups!
There are many reasons why it is so beneficial to include cold press juice in the festivities:
- Cold press juice is rich in natural fibres meaning it will keep you fuller for longer and more satisfied which reduces the risk of over-indulging!
- Everyone in the family can enjoy a cold press juice and if it's Christmas themed it will be an extra special treat!
- Cold press juices are naturally sweet and will minimise sugar and treat cravings. Cold press juices will help to stop you reaching for those lolly jars.
- Cold press juices are a great alternative to sodas, soft drinks, fruit juices and energy drinks which can be consumed in excess over the Christmas period.
- Use cold press juices as an alternative to alcohol mixers, they will keep your body hydrated and nourished even while drinking alcohol.
Everyone likes to have a special drink on Christmas day - even the kids! Generally kids are given free-reign on Christmas day with the sodas, soft drinks, bottled juice and fruit concentrates. This can result in sugar highs, tantrums and eventually a plummeting sugar crash. This up and down, roller coaster effect is due to the artificial sugars and colours found in soft drink and artificial bottled juice. Which in turn has an affect on the whole family!
Why not give the kids an extra special Christmas juice which will both fill them full of nutrients not artificial sugars and make them feel like they are getting a special drink to sip on...
This Christmas Juice Recipe for Kids is sure to be a hit and the bright red colour is nice and christmasy...
Kids Christmas Juice
- 1 punnet or 2 cups of strawberries
- 1/2 large watermelon
- 1 large cucumber
- 1/2 lemon
In Australia, the festive season seems to be intrinsically linked with an increase in alcohol consumption. Like with any type of celebration, we tend to over-indulge on alcohol and Christmas in no exception. Cold press juice is a fantastic alternative to alcohol but you can make special recipes which still make you feel as if your treating yourself. We have compiled our favourite cold press juice recipes which are Christmas themed and will make you feel as though you are indulging in the Christmas spirit without the need for alcohol.
Vitality 4 Life's Special Christmas Juice
- 6 oranges
- 3 carrots
- 2 cups of pitted cherries
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 thumbsize knob of turmeric
- 1 thumbsize knob of ginger
This is such a delicious Christmas Juice, the flavours from the cinnamon, ginger and turmeric give this juice a beautiful kick (just like mum's Christmas cake!). Not only does this juice taste like Christmas, it will also give you a number of benefits perfect for the silly season. Ginger will soothe the stomach and is especially good if you have over-indulged and the stomach needs help to reduce bloating. Cinnamon will regulate blood sugar levels, so will help to even everything out if you have eaten one too many lollies or sweets. Turmeric is perfect for indigestion, bloating and gas.
Tropical Christmas Juice
- 3 carrots
- 5 oranges
- 1/2 pineapple
- 1/2 lemon
Optional: juice any additional tropical fruits you can find - dragonfruit, lychees (seeds removed) etc.
In Australia we associate Christmas with super hot days, tropical fruits and fresh produce. Why not try this super tropical Christmas juice recipe packed full of fresh flavours, which the whole family will love? We have even squeezed in some carrots for extra nutrients and fibre, and the kids won't notice the difference!
This juice recipe forms a great base to which you can add so many different things to create the most amazing tropical juices. Once you have juiced the above, simply add any of the additional ingredients below to really give this juice different textures and flavours. Try serving with the pulp from 3 passion fruits or diced mango, or even add 1 cup of coconut water for an extra tropical feel!
If you are looking to drink this festive season, cold press juice is also great for mixing with alcohol as a healthy alternative to drink mixers such as soft drinks and bottled juices. Cold press juice will also keep your body hydrated and nourished. Simply add your desired alcohol to any of the recipes above.
After Christmas Juice Recipes
We understand that during the festive season, some of us get get a little jolly and may over-indulge a little - and that's ok! We are here to help you feel back to normal in no time!
It is the days following Christmas that we really start to feel the effects of the eating, drinking and activities of the past week or so. It is this time when it feels like it has all caught up with us. We call it the "post-Christmas blues". We are here to tell you that cold press juice can actually help to overcome not just the boxing day hangover, but also kick start you into a new year of health and vitality! This is the perfect time to cleanse the body and detox from the month worth of stresses and tension.
Christmas Hangover Cure Juice
- 1 cucumber
- 1/2 watermelon
- 1 thumbsize knob of ginger
- 1/2 beetroot
- 1/2 lime
Primarily alcohol dehydrates the body and it is this lose of both water and essential minerals which results in a hangover. This best thing you can do is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Cucumbers are natural electrolytes which will help to replace essential body salts which you lose when you drink alcohol (think natures alternative to a sugar laden sports drink). They are also extremely refreshing, like watermelon. Watermelon is also a natural diuretic which will help to flush out the kidney and bladder and remove toxins and waste from the body. Ginger is by far the best natural anti-inflammatory, is full of antioxidants and is detoxifying. Choline in beetroot will detoxify the liver and the entire body of toxins. Lime will accentuate the beetroots ability to do so.