As regular readers will know, I have a parsnip phobia (see Pears But No More Parsnips!) so…here is my take on Jason Vale’s Pear ‘n’ Parsnip Juice* replacing the parsnip with sweet potato.
Sweet potatoes are full of antioxidants, B vitamins, Vitamin D, magnesium, iron and potassium.
Use organic if possible, scrub well and leave the skin on for extra nutrients and flavour. You won’t be disappointed!
(Unless you have a sweet potato phobia!)
Pear ‘n’ Sweet Potato Juice
1 Apple, 2 Pears,
1 large Sweet Potato
Half a Lime, peeled but with the pith still on
Few sprigs of Mint
Juice all the ingredients and pour over ice. So refreshing. Cheers!
Copyright: Chris McGowan
Juicy Winter Warmers & Hayfever Shots
With the cold season upon us I thought I would write a short post with some Warming Winter Juices that are full of antioxidants to help fight off colds and viruses. They can also help with reducing hayfever symptoms.
These are of the ‘shot’ variety, not full meal replacements. Drink one every day after your early morning glass of hot water and lemon or honey. As soon as you feel the first signs of a dry or sore throat or a cold coming on try having one three times a day or so.
You will see that ginger is the common denominator here. It is a natural antibiotic and decongestant, and is full of minerals. It is also anti-inflammatory, as are celery and pineapple.
I use organic where possible and leave the skin/peel on – except for the pineapple, unless you have a juicer that can cope with it.
It is best to put the ginger in the juicer between halves of an apple, or in first and then the apple or pineapple if using only those ingredients.
All the glasses in the pictures are 6fl oz. ie very small.
(Do you remember that scene in The Great Escape where the Americans are making Hooch for Independence Day and when they taste it they each go Wow! and can hardly speak? That was me testing these for this post!)
First up is my Morning Glory, it makes a bit more than a shot.
1 Apple, 1 Small to Medium Carrot, Half a stick of Celery, Thick Slice of Waxfree Lemon, At least 1 cm of Ginger but as much as you can take!
Juice everything and if you want to make it even more potent, add 1 cm of Turmeric plus a pinch of Black Pepper stirred into juice before pouring (to help with absorption of Turmeric).
Next up is Pineapple Bomb – Mark Beddoe’s* short, but sweet and very spicy answer to winter sniffles:
Juice 1″ thick round of Pineapple, Thumb of Ginger, as much as you can stand and drink straight down.
The Natural Juice Junkie’s Winter Slammer is a daily starter on his Winter Cleanse Programme.*
Half an Apple, Half a Waxfree Lemon (rind on), 1 Thumb of Ginger. Optional: Pinch of Cayenne Pepper stirred in before pouring into glass.
Jason Vale’s* Ginger Shot was my first introduction to juicing ginger – as part of his ‘5lbs in 5 Days’ plan – it nearly took my head off! Of course now I don’t blink at all, the stronger the better.
Juice Half an Apple with 2-3cms of Ginger: Down in One!
Jason also does the Ginger Zinger – which is a larger juice – as part of the ‘7lbs in 7 Days’ plan.
2 Carrots, 2 Apples, 1″ Slice of Waxfree Lemon, 1/4″ Ginger. Juice and pour over ice.
(Sorry forgot the ice for the photo!)
Here’s to a Healthy You!
(Having tested all these in one go for the blog, I should be cold-free the whole winter!)
Copyright: Chris McGowan
The Red One
Beetroots are rich in iron, potassium, magnesium and folate, are anti-imflammatory, rich in anti-oxidants and are good for heart and blood health. They increase blood flow to the brain and improve exercise performance. Regular drinking of beetroot juice has been shown to reduce blood pressure.
Here’s one of the beetroot recipes we use – full of anti-oxidants, it is also anti-inflammatory, mineral-rich and has protein from the romaine leaves.
(Organic if possible)
1 Small or Half a Medium Beetroot – If organic and you’re used to beetroot, just chop the ends off, scrub well and leave the peel on
2-3 Medium Carrots, scrubbed
6 Romaine leaves, rinsed well
Thick Slice of Wax-Free Lemon – if organic, scrub and leave peel on, if not peel thinly leaving as much pith as possible.
Chunk of Ginger – size depending on whether or not you are used to the taste, it doesn’t want to be overpowering
2 Medium Apples
Half a Mango or Large Handful of Mixed Berries
Juice all ingredients except Mango or Berries. Blend them into the juice, add ice.
(Beetroot is also a great tomato substitute: if you’re nightshade-sensitive and miss pasta or pizza sauce see my post (Amazing Tomatoless Sauce)
The glass bottle in the photo is by Grip and Go. They produce a variety of stylish glass bottles in quirky shapes, some with colourful silicone grips and easy grip lids, or you can choose stainless steel lids. The bottles are dishwasher-safe and you can even chalk on the one in the photo, great fun! Ditch the plastic!
Here’s a gentle, relaxing YouTube video of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (see what I did there? 😉) to listen to while you sip your juice.
Copyright: Chris McGowan