Pear Power Juice with Basil

This is a really lovely combination! Basil (ocimum basilicum) has been studied for its anti-aging benefits, and it may be effective at reducing the effects of free radicals, as well as protecting heart, liver and brain cells. Basil is also high in antioxidants and anti-bacterial agents, so it’s a very protective herb. Can’t find fresh basil? Substitute fresh parsley, mint or spinach instead.

For more basil-rich recipes, see: Sweet Green Basil Juice, A Green Smoothie with a Unique Twist, Green Basil Salad, Watermelon-Basil Agua Fresca, Tomato-Basil Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

  • 4 pears
  • 2 lemons
  • 8 celery sticks
  • 2 cucumbers
  • Large handful of basil (about 1 cup)

Directions

  1. Peel the lemon (optional) or scrub the lemon well.
  2. Wash and scrub the remaining produce and chop.
  3. Juice & enjoy!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Servings: Makes 2 servings of 16-20 oz (500-600 ml)

Substitutions

Pear – Asian pear, apple, pineapple

Lemon – lime, grapefruit

Celery – zucchini, celeriac/celery root

Cucumber – zucchini, celeriac/celery root

Basil – parsley, mint, spinach

Calories: 185

Fat: 4 g

Sodium: 90 mg

Carbohydrates: 48 g

Fiber: 6 g

Sugars: 27 g

Protein: 3 g