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The joys of juicing

Celebrities like Fergie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Olivia Wilde are all massive fans of the latest health-food trend — juicing.

Some experts say it's an easy way to load up on vitamins from fruits and vegetables — and much more palatable than chewing on celery stalks all day. It's also a great way to lose weight, get glowing skin and help your immune system to function at its peak.

If you're interested in jumping onto the latest health craze, we've made it a little easier by finding some popular juicing recipes for your enjoyment. So whether you're ready to hit up a local juicing bar this weekend or create your own nutritious drink at home, enjoy one of these new juicing flavour combinations and let us know what you think.

Sweet Beet Juice

Ingredients:

1/2 beet

1 apple

2 Mandarin oranges

2 large carrots

Directions: Peel the oranges and wash the other vegetables. Put the fruit and vegetables into the juicer, and mix glass of juice before serving.

Benefits: You can't beat beets when it comes to nutrition, they say. Beets contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and Phosphorous, not to mention contain vitamins A and C.

Apple Delight Juice (Good for detoxing and weight loss)

Ingredients:

3 apples

1 stick of celery

1/2 a cucumber

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of lettuce

1 cup of ice

Directions: Wash and juice the fruits and vegetables; giving juice a quick stir before serving. Add cup of ice to chill the drink.

Benefits: Celery is considered a ‘negative calorie food' and has anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with ailments attributed to inflammation such as arthritis. It's also a diuretic and helps to flush out excess fluid from the body. Meanwhile, spinach is loaded with iron, while cucumber is known for containing 96 percent water, which helps in keeping the body hydrated and flushing out toxins.

Mean Green Juice

Ingredients:

2 handfuls of kale

2 green apples

2 pears

One lime

Directions: Juice the ingredients and stir drink before serving.

Benefits: Kale provides us with a whopping dose of vitamin K and also contains beta carotene, vitamin C, and is rich in calcium. If that's not enough, this drink also uses fresh limes, which are known to have far more vitamin C than its citrus friend, the lemon; and pears, which can provide you with a dose of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folate and niacin.

Energiser drink: Apple and kale smoothie

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Published March 07, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated March 06, 2014 at 4:46 pm)

The joys of juicing

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