Health requires healthy food ~ Roger Williams
I am a firm believer in that old saying, ‘we are what we eat’. That’s why I love freshly made juices so much. They enable me to get a stack of nutrition into my body fast, and they are easy to make and consume when I’m in a hurry, or don’t want to stop the flow of my writing too long.
I am fortunate enough to have a vegetable garden which provides much of my own juicing ingredients, but a trip to the local farmers markets and you’ll be ready to make your own juices too. My rule of thumb is always to juice what is fresh, local and seasonal. The fresher it is, the more nutrients and vital life force are still within, ready to be poured into you!
Push through a juicer and consume straight away. If you have weak digestion, have your ingredients at room temperature, or place in a sink of warm water for a few minutes to take the chill off.
You can adjust the quantities to suit your tastes and the size of your glass, but the basic ingredients are:
- 1 beetroot, washed but not peeled
- 1 handful of parsley or kale
- 1/2 a lemon, skin on
- 1 large carrot
- 1 stick of celery
- 1 inch of ginger (optional but excellent)
- Optional – 1 clove of garlic if you are brave – this is especially good if you are run down
Creamy Green Juice
I love green juices, and this one is terrific because it has a creamy rather than a watery texture. It is an excellent tonic for your liver, gall bladder, adrenals, kidneys and bladder. Once again the quantities are adjustable. Throw the ingredients in a juicer and you’ll be in sipping heaven in just a minute or two.
- 1 small green apple (Granny Smiths are my favourite)
- 1/2 to 1 lime with skin on (you could substitute lemon)
- 1/2 a cucumber with skin on
- 1 zucchini (courgette)
- 1 wedge of pineapple, no skin
One of the best things about juicing is that once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that you are inclined to try all sorts of weird and wonderful combinations, that are surprisingly tasty. They are also a great way to get vegetables into non-vegetable eaters!!!
If you are diabetic, or have sugar issues, go easy on the fruit. And try to vary the colours of your juices too. Drink up, and enjoy!