So, here we are again. January. The new year ahead. The old year behind us. After enjoying 2 rather lazy weeks with family, I am excited to be getting productive again, as well getting back to my good eating habits.
I am not going to pretend that I was an angel at the Christmas table and kept away from cooked vegan food, or the odd glass (or two) of organic wine, so I can admit to feeling a little less than fantastic on a couple of occasions over the festive period. However, my guests and I did ensure that we added some balance to the festive feasting with green smoothies, salads, fruit and fresh juices.
While we did all ‘ohhh’ ‘mmmm’ and ‘slurp’ over the Christmas food, I think that the most appreciative sounds came when we brought out the juicer and treated our slightly sluggish, over-fed bodies to some nourishing, tasty juice.
Since I had placed a somewhat over enthusiastic order for carrots from our organic veg box people, and because we still have plenty of apples left from our trees, and our veg box has been bringing plenty of treats in the form of oranges and beetroot we thought we would just juice them all up and prevent them going to waste.
It was certainly a fab idea. The juice was super tasty, revitalizing and refreshing. But it did have one downside…thanks to the beetroot the kitchen was left looking a little like a crime scene. Beetroot juice is far from discreet and our tinkering in the kitchen reminded us of something so much that we had to give the juice a name. So, we named it Dexter juice after the very engaging series about a likable blood splatter analyst working for the police department who turns out to be a bit of a naughty man and murders people. Read about Dexter here >>
The series messes with my head rather, as one can’t help but like Dexter, but obviously the whole killing thing is a bit disturbing.
Anyway, this juice is far less complicated. It’s yummy. It’s good for you. End of story. Well apart from the evidence left by those pesky beetroots!
So, dig out your juicer, and welcome the new year with grace, style, and a pink tongue!
500 g carrots – scrubbed, topped and tailed
4 large apples
2 large oranges – peeled
½ large cucumber
3 beetroots – scrubbed, topped and tailed
Fresh ginger – about 2 cm
Juice them all together and enjoy!
Tip 1: I juiced the oranges on a separate citrus juicer as our juicer did not particularly care for those oranges it seemed and wasn’t very efficient in getting the juice out.
Tip 2: Depending on the efficiency of your juicer, you may find you can significantly increase your juice yield by putting the pulp in a nut milk bag and squeezing to extract more juice.
Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A. In addition, they are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber (unless juiced) and potassium.
Beetroot is an excellent source of the B vitamin, folate, antioxidents (which help prevent diseases such as cancer) and a great source of manganese and potassium. Beetroots are also a good source of dietary fiber (unless juiced), vitamin C, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus.
Apples are a good source of vitamin C and contain a long list of phytonutrients that function as antioxidants and support our health.
Ginger is great for reducing inflammation and alleviating nausea and tastes great!
Cucumber is a great source of silica which is good for nails and skin, is also very hydrating and is a good source of potassium, vitamins A and C.
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