Celery and Cucumber juice is one of my favorite drinks to make. It’s cheap, delicious, great for you, and there are so many ways different ways to create unique and interesting flavors. In this post I’ll go over how to make celery juice (note, you don’t need to go around looking for the best juicer for celery). I’ll show you 3 different and easy ways to make it, ranging from using a juicer, to just using common kitchen items you may already have in your home right now.
I’ll comment a bit on this crazy thing that’s going around lately called the celery juice diet. The internet is full of celery juice testimonials right now, apparently from people who are trying out juice detoxes and cleanses… I have my own thoughts on this controversial topic which I’ll share below!
Finally, I’ll go over the many health benefits of celery juice. Why is celery juice good for you? Is celery for weight loss a thing? Are celery juice benefits for hair real?
Celery and cucumber juice
Phew, that was a long intro. But now we’re ready to get into the fun discussion of it all! I hope you enjoy this post on how to make celery juice, and I especially hope you like my celery and cucumber juice recipe below! No matter the crazes or fads that may be surrounding it right now, at its core celery and cucumber juice is a healthy drink to enjoy from time to time. I hope this post gives you some insight into why, and maybe you too will start to incorporate it into your weekly routine like I have!
How To Make Celery Juice
I know of 3 ways to make celery juice, or really any kind of juice for that matter.
You may be asking yourself, how to make celery juice in the easiest way possible? Honestly, I think all three methods are easy. It just depends on what kind of equipment you have at home.
How To Make Celery Juice with a Juicer
Obviously option 1 will be the priciest. If you don’t already have a juicer they can be a bit pricey, but even Amazon has decently priced ones these days. In the end, the best juicer for celery is whatever one you have. This is the exact juicer we own, and we love it. It’s been a permanent fixture in our kitchen for years now, and it gets plenty of use. So in that sense, we see it as well worth it to have a juicer.
Using them is easy, simply chop your vegetables and fruit into small enough pieces that it can fit through the juicer’s opening, and start feeding it through! We make homemade celery and cucumber juice all the time with this method.
Another nice benefit of using a juicing machine is the pulp that gets created afterwards. Sometimes we reuse that vegetable pulp to add extra fullness, flavor and fiber to our vegetable sauces, pasta, soups, etc. Our favorite way to put these “scraps” to use is to mix it in with pasta sauce. It takes any ordinary marinara in a jar and transforms it into a kind of “vegetable bolognese” type sauce that is thick and full of extra good-for-you nutrition.
Reusing food scraps in general is something I’ve talked about before, and something I’m passionate about. I think it’s also a cool bonus that it can go both ways! Scraps can be used for juice, and juice scraps can be used for additional recipes. If you’re interested in my full discussion on reducing food waste, I recommend you check out that post!
How To Make Celery Juice with a Strainer
The second method for making celery and cucumber juice is to use a blender and a fine mesh strainer. I picked up this super cheap (but very durable) fine mesh strainer on Amazon the other day so that I had a method for rinsing quinoa and rice before cooking it. It can work just as well for straining juice too!
You’ll have to do this in stages, as most blender buckets only hold a certain amount. I’d start by chopping up your ingredients, then adding them to the blender as much as you can with 2 cups of water in the blender bucket as well. This way, the blender can do its work.
In the sink you’ll want a large bowl for catching all the liquid. Hold your strainer over the bowl, and then pour your blender contents over the strainer. The strainer will catch the pulp, and allow all that great celery and cucumber juice to fill the bowl below.
If you want to catch even more pulp, you can rinse your strainer off, then send your ingredients through it a second time (you’ll need 2 bowls out), or you can lay a cheese cloth over the strainer before you pour into it.
How To Make Celery Juice with a nut milk bag
Ever heard of a nut milk bag? They’re pretty neat actually. I use one weekly to make fresh oat milk for cereal, oatmeal, and other recipes. You can use them to make homemade oat milk, cashew milk, sauces, and… fresh celery and cucumber juice!
The steps for this method are the same as the strainer method. Simply pour the blender contents through the nut milk bag, into a large bowl, that you can then pour into whatever container you want.
Once your big bowl is filled, I find it handy to use a funnel for pouring into jars and glasses for storage. I got this stainless steel funnel on Amazon and I love it! It works well for all sorts of use cases in the kitchen while I’m cooking.
Health benefits of celery juice
So now that we’ve gone over the “how” of how to make celery juice, let’s talk about the ‘why’. Why should you be making celery and cucumber juice in the first place?
At first glance, raw celery nutrition doesn’t look that impressive on paper.
It’s low in..well… everything. But just because it’s low in calories doesn’t mean it’s low in nutrition.
My interest in celery started when I began hearing about new studies coming out showing a connection between celery and gut health. As someone who sometimes struggles with digestive issues, I was interested in learning about different foods that could help me out.
Celery is high in a number of important nutrients like VItamin K, folate, and antioxidants such as molybdenum. But it’s the phytonutrients it contains, that really caught my eye. Celery is a rich source of phenolic phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties. These phytonutrients include: caffeic acid, caffeoylquinic acid, cinnamic acid, coumaric acid, ferulic acid, apigenin, luteolin, quercetin, kaempferol, lunularin, beta-sitosterol and furanocoumarins. I bolded the one that has especially caught scientists eyes lately.
Any compound known for its anti-inflammatory properties is going to be great for your gut health. Especially for those who struggle with IBS, SIBO and other GI tract discomforts. If this sounds like you, upping your intake of celery could be a useful experiment to try.
Regularly drinking celery juice each morning on an empty stomach has also shown to help improve the integrity of the stomach lining. This can potentially decrease our risk of stomach ulcers (gastric ulcer), and better control the levels of stomach secretions.
Finally, one study done showed a connection between celery and gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) – showing that the vegetable’s flavonoids may help stop the growth of unwanted gut bacteria that causes inflammation.
So in conclusion to all of that, it’s my opinion that anyone with digestive problems should take a keen interest in foods with anti-inflammatory properties. Celery being one of them, definitely makes the idea of drinking weekly celery and cucumber juice more attractive to me!
Another fringe health benefit of celery juice, is that it can make our skin and hair healthier by keeping us hydrated. I’m sure you’ve heard before that celery is mostly made up of water. Drinking, or eating it, helps us stay hydrated, while it’s natural sodium levels helps us retain water in our bodies as well. This is good for our skin and scalp. So while getting a beauty boost may not be considered a true “health” benefit to some, it’s still a nice side bonus!
All in all, there is a lot of stuff in celery that’s great for you. I find it interesting that a vegetable that’s so “low” in everything can have all those great things hidden inside it.
Cucumber juice benefits
Let’s not forget that the recipe below is for celery and cucumber juice combined. Cucumbers support healthy skin, can help regulate blood pressure, promote hydration, and contain a list of antioxidants that are bodies need.
Like celery, they may be low in calories, but they’re far from low in health benefits. They provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits as well as celery, which makes it a great combination to have with celery juice as the two compliment each other with their nutrition.
Benefits of Ginger and other ingredients
For this celery and cucumber juice recipe I used the following ingredients:
Ginger is one of my all time favorite ingredients to use when making fresh juice. It’s POWERFUL stuff – I learned that the hard way. ¼ of an inch is plenty, I repeat PLENTY for most recipes. I say this as a warning so someone doesn’t make the same mistake I did, and put half a large root in a juicer at once!
Ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well though. For those with sensitive stomachs or digestive issues, again, including fresh ginger root into your diet through juice, tea or chopped up whole in recipes could become a game changer for you. I do have a sensitive stomach, and I’ve definitely noticed that increasing my ginger intake has helped!
Cilantro is another secret ingredient in this recipe. Unless you’re one of the few people out there who think cilantro tastes like soap (I’m so sorry for your loss), cilantro in juice tastes AMAZING. It can really amplify the uniqueness of whatever juice you’re making!
Lemons or limes will of course give a slight citrusy boost, and sense of “freshness.” Finally, I like to include some kind of leafy green in my celery and cucumber juice as well. Kale and spinach are usually my go-tos, as I don’t taste any flavor from them.
Wait, weren’t you going to talk about celery juice weight loss?
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Apparently there’s a craze going around the internet right now called the celery juice diet. I guess celery juice testimonials are all over YouTube, and tons of people are promoting celery juice weight loss.
This couple actually had a pretty in-depth review of their experience, which was fun to watch:
Basically, when it comes to fad diets that try to promote celery juice weight loss, or an all celery juice diet, I would just ignore and move on. I am a BIG believer in supplementing ones diet with fresh juice regularly for health benefits. I think fresh celery and cucumber juice, and fresh juice in general can have a big positive impact on someone’s overall health. I think this is true for a few reasons. One, fresh vegetables and fruits are extremely high in key nutrients that we all need to survive and thrive (but we all knew that!). Additionally, I think drinking fresh juice can inspire people to adopt other healthy habits once they start feeling good from the first one.
And I do find that to be so true. We pick up one “healthy habit”, and start to feel good about ourselves for trying it, we think to ourselves “way to go!” and we give ourselves a pat on the back for doing something we know is good for us. This encourages us to keep that momentum going, and make other healthy changes too. All of which compounds over time!
Another benefit to juicing, is that it can help reduce your food waste. I talk more about this in a recent post of mine, and I recommend you check it out if you’re curious about the environmental benefits to juicing!
So, should you be drinking celery juice for weight loss alone? Or as a meal replacement? No. Should you be drinking celery and cucumber juice for all of the health benefits you’ll get from the individual ingredients, and because it may inspire you to include more healthy habits into your life once you get started? Yes!
I’ve talked to many people who started incorporating fresh juice into their weekly routines, and people really do start to feel better. I can speak for myself when I say that when I juice regularly, I feel healthier. Maybe some of this was a placebo to start, but I know this for certain, it’s a lot better for you than drinking a sugary Starbucks coffee drink in the morning. Or an energy drink. Or a soda. Plus there are real, scientifically proven health benefits to these vegetables.
Celery and Cucumber Juice Recipe
Alright, it’s time for the actual celery and cucumber juice recipe. The moment you’ve all been waiting for!
I hope you found this post informative. I walked you through the 3 ways I know how to make celery juice, and discussed the health benefits of celery juice to the best of my abilities! I think celery and cucumber juice, along with all the other ingredients, make a really nutritionally powerful drink. One that I enjoy on a weekly basis, and now you can too.
Don’t forget to pick up a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag online if you don’t have one yet, and don’t have the money now to invest in a juicing machine. Making fresh juice at home is stupid-simple with either of these two items, so I highly recommend them!
Now go forth and enjoy some great homemade celery and cucumber juice. And if you’re looking for other great fresh juice recipes, I have two more on the blog for green juice and beet juice.
As always, thanks for reading!
Celery and cucumber juice
- 1 bunch celery
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 bunch kale or spinach
- 1 large lemon
- 1/4 inch ginger root
- Start by roughly chopping your vegetables up and placing in a large bowl.
- If you're using a juicer, simply feed the vegetable pieces through the machine. Then transfer to jars for storage.
- If not using a juicer, add your vegetable pieces to a blender in stages with 1-2 cups of water (as necessary) and blend until smooth.
- If using a fine mesh strainer, simply pour your blender contents through your strainer, into a large bowl. Then transfer to jars for storage.
- If using a nut milk bag, simply pour your blender contents through your bag, into a large bowl. Then transfer to jars for storage.
Excellent information, I like your recipe and will try it , I do make cucumber/ celery juice and enjoy it first thing in the morning and yes I learned the hard way with ginger root, thanks for the tip on how much to use. Thanks for all the Info, going to make your recipe today.
Do you use a strainer after you have blended it?. I just made one and was not very nice as it had lots small pieces on it.
I will be making some soon but wanted to ask about freezing in ice cube form and add to water to flavor. Let me know what you think.
Definitely! That would be a great idea, especially if you wanted to make a big batch and then freeze it for future enjoyment.
I just tried your recipe and it was great!