I have a smoothie every morning for a perfect start to the day, however when it’s really icy outside I can’t face drinking a pint of cold smoothie, so I simply make a hot hot juice. It’s like a super healthy, energy-boosting, spicy morning coffee… without the coffee.
So here’s exactly why this juice will get you through the winter like nothing else!
Firstly the beetroot:
This magical little root vegetable has been used since Roman times as a cure for fevers, skin problems, constipation and even as an aphrodisiac.
Beetroot is crammed with a ton of minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron and calcium. Adding to that there’s plenty of vitamin a, b6, c and folic acid. The betacyanin that gives this root vegetable it’s beautiful deep colour also has powerful antioxidant properties. Research has suggested beetroot can help reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of osteoporosis, slow progression of dementia, stabilise blood sugar, treat anaemia and fatigue and lower cholesterol. In short it’s a pretty good vegetable to have in your juice. Almost forgot, there’s also a nice bit of protein to be found in the beetroot.
Here’s what research says the humble apple can do:
Boost the immune system, detoxify the liver, avoid alzheimer’s, protect against parkinson’s, reduce risk of pancreatic cancer, reduce risk of diabetes, lower cholesterol, prevent gallstones, neutralize irritable bowl syndrome and control weight. Apples are rich in vitamin a, c, b6, magnesium, calcium and iron.
Moving on to the fennel:
Fennel is an excellent addition to any juice or salad, adding dietary fibre, vitamin c, potassium and manganese. It’s a great veg to keep a healthy heart, strong bones and good digestive and neurological health. “Shape” Magazine names it one of the top foods for weight loss but more importantly it’ll give you a massive health boost.
Rammed with vitamin c lime has a long list of benefits:
A big one being skin care. Research says lime rejuvenates skin, protects it from infections and reduces body odour. Additionally it can help prevent diabetes, heart disease, peptic ulcer, respiratory disorder, arthritis, gout, fever and urinary disorders. It’s great for weight loss and helps with digestion. It’s a must add to your smoothies and juices.
And the ginger:
Ginger helps your body absorb and assimilate essential nutrients, aids digestion and makes your tummy feel nice.
And there you have it. If you want to make this powerhouse of a juice you’ll need the following:
- 1 beetroot
- 1/2 fresh fennel
- 1/2 squeezed lime
- 1 very small nubbin of ginger
- 2 apples
- 1/2 cup of oj
- 2 cups of water
1. Simply peel the beetroot and apples, squeeze the lime, chop the ginger and chuck it in a blender with the water and orange juice. Blend the whole thing for a minute or two. Make sure there are absolutely no lumpy bits.
2. Pass the mixture through a fine sieve to make it lovely and smooth. Use a spoon to encourage it to flow through if it’s going a bit slow.
3. Use the steam wand on your fancy coffee maker to heat your liquid. These usually come with a metal milk jug and thermometer perfect for juice steaming (see pic above). If you are not as lucky as me, who has a coffee obsessed fiance buying weird equipment, simply heat the juice in a pan or stick it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. You don’t want to boil it though or you’ll lose a lot of the goodness, just heat it up gently. Aim for getting it just the right drinking temperature (about 55 degrees C, 42 if you are on a raw food diet).