Broccoli is one of those vegetables jam-packed with nutrition. If you ever look at a list of the best vegetables to include regularly in your diet, broccoli is bound to be on there (along with berries!). Drinking this broccoli juice is one way to help increase your intake.
Enjoy broccoli as one of your leafy green vegetables, alongside kale, spinach and lettuce. Nutritionists and dieticians consider that broccoli is something you should include in your diet on a daily basis, due to the high vitamin and mineral content. It’s a great source of antioxidants (in particular vitamin C) as well as B-vitamins, calcium, iron and magnesium. Juicing broccoli is really easy and adding it to a juice is an easy way to encourage people who don’t enjoy their leafy greens to consume them.
Juicing tip: Use the broccoli stem when juicing, rather than the florets, as it gives out much more juice.
You can also use broccoli stem to make vegetable “crackers” to scoop up hummus or dips, as the inner part of a broccoli stem is actually quite sweet. For best effects, I recommend trimming off the hardest outer layer first, before eating.
Money-saving tip: Most people I know prefer to cut off the broccoli stem and throw it away, rather than cooking it, as it can feel too heavy or crunchy. Next time you are cooking broccoli, cut off the stem and place it in your fridge in a sealed container, for use in a juice later on!
Broccoli juice recipe: Brocc heaven
3 cm broccoli stem
1/2 pepino (Spanish cucumber), or 1/3 salad cucumber
2 cm chunk ginger
2 cm unwaxed lemon
Give your vegetables a good wash beneath cold running water, particularly the kale leaves, to make sure all the soil or debris is removed. Check and remove any labels on the apple, cucumber and lemon. There’s no need to peel the ginger, it can be used as it is. Put these items through your juicer. If you are using a centrifugal juicer, you might want to create a “sandwich” for the kale; put the kale in between two parts of apple – this can help to produce a little more juice from the kale.
Remember to wash your juicer immediately after using it, so that the bits from the fruit and veggies do not harden and stick.
Drink your juice straight away.
Prefer no fruit in your broccoli juice?
If you prefer to drink a pure vegetable juice, with no fruit included, then you can easily amend this recipe. I suggest that you increase the amount of cucumber (you can use half or a full small cucumber) and add in a small courgette. The courgette will add a lovely creaminess to the juice and can help to make it feel more substantive than drinking a juice made mainly from cucumber.
New to juicing?
If you are new to juicing, you might be interested in reading our recent blog article: how to choose the best juicer for you. In it, we share tips and recommendations on what to look for, to find the juicer right for you.
More broccoli juice recipes? Find juice recipes on our blog
You can add broccoli stem to any of the juices that we have published on our health and wellbeing blog. Two of our favourite broccoli juices are here:
- Give your brain cells a boost! Try our Broccoli Power juice recipe.
- Enjoy the combination of broccoli with the sweetness of pear and apple and the heat of ginger in our Ginger apple broccoli juice recipe
La Crisalida juice detox retreat
Drinking freshly prepared vegetable and fruit juices, for three days (or longer) can allow your digestive system to have a rest, whilst delivering lots of vitamins and minerals into your body. Taking part in a juice detox can allow your body to re-balance and re-energise. Read more about a juice detox retreat at La Crisalida here.
I hope you enjoy your juice, do let me know how you get on.
About the author
- Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).