Raw asparagus juice…is that even legal? After getting tired of my daily cucumber-apple-ginger combo, I decided to break out of my juicing shell and get a little weird…
Don’t get me wrong — cucumber-apple-ginger will always be my one true love, but sometimes you need to shake up your routine and maybe freak out your roommates a bit in the process. I have always heard that asparagus was somewhat of a superfood in the vegetable kingdom. Although it hasn’t yet reached the fame of broccoli sprouts or kale, it has a ton of health benefits that will completely blow your mind…and body. Asparagus is considered to be amongst the top 20 foods in regards to its ANDI score. ANDI stands for Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, which measures nutrient density in relation to calorie content. If that isn’t enough to sell you, asparagus is especially high in vitamin A, vitamin K and folate, which are crucial for cancer prevention and heart health. This stalky veg is also great for clearing kidney stones as well as overall liver health. A recent study showed that regular intake of asparagus has many benefits, “including the alleviation of alcohol hangover and the protection of liver cells against toxic insults”. Asparagus juice is the new hangover cure — into it.
I’ve never tried asparagus juice before, and I expected it to taste pretty bad so I decided to pair it with some cool cucumber and a couple of sweet apples. It actually ended up tasting pretty good! I’m not going to pretend I enjoyed drinking raw asparagus juice, but when you pair it with something fruity and sweet, you simply don’t taste it. I got a hint of celery-like flavor, but that’s it! Not too bad at all.
- 10 stalks of raw asparagus
- 1 1/2 cups of Royal Gala apple slices, skin on
- 2 english cucumbers, skin on
If you do not have a juicer -- blend ingredients in a high speed blender until pureed and strain through a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.